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Answers to four of the most frequently asked risk assessment questions

by , 12 March 2014
Have questions about risk assessments? If so, continue reading to discover some of the answers to your questions.

Four answers to your risk assessment questions

Question #1: What's risk assessment matrix?

Answer: Experts at the Health & Safety Club say that a risk assessment is the process of estimating and communicating workplace safety risk and deciding whether this risk is acceptable.

'A risk matrix records the level of risk, which is determined by the relationship between the likelihood of an incident occurring from the hazard and the consequence caused by the hazard.'

Question #2: What's a risk?

Answer: Louise Harty, the Managing Editor for the Health & Safety Advisor says a risk is the probability that injury or damage will occur.


It's a legal requirement. You must identify hazards and assess risks in your company

Do you know how to compile a risk assessment?


Question #3: What are significant risks?

Answer: 'Risks, which are significant, are those that are not trivial in nature and are capable of creating a real risk to health and safety,' says the Health and Safety Executive.

You must make these risks your priority by taking steps to eliminate them.

Question #4: What responsibilities do my employees have when it comes to risk assessments?

Answer: The Health and Safety Executive says employees also have responsibilities under health and safety law. They must:

  • Take care of the health and safety of themselves and others;
  • Co-operate with you to help you comply with health and safety legislation;
  • Follow any instructions and training you give regarding the measures you have in place to control health and safety risks;
  • Let you know of work situations that present a serious and imminent risk; and
  • Let you know of any other failings they identify in your health and safety arrangements.

There you have it. If you have any more questions regarding risk assessments, feel free to ask them here.

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