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You're only five steps away from creating a risk register for your next risk assessment

by , 25 July 2014
The point of a risk assessment is to identify and record the risks you see on site. This is how you know what dangers your employees face and how to deal with them.

If you miss a risk or if you don't record it, you may not be able to deal with it properly.

This is why you must have a risk register so you can record every detail. Read on to discover how you can recreate one for your next risk assessment...

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Are you responsible for compiling your SHE file?

Are you struggling to keep up-to-date with all the paperwork?

Do you waste your time formatting all the documents?

Are you stressed out about all your legal requirements?

Of course you are. You have enough on your plate already, and keeping up with paperwork isn't on the top of your to-do list. But unfortunately, it's part of your job because it's a legal requirement. And, you've answered 'YES' to at least half of the questions above.

Here's why you must have a risk register

It's important to have a risk register. With it, you can accurately record the risks you identify during your risk assessment. If you don't, the safety precautions you put in place may not fit the risk. 
For example, if you don't record how serious a risk is, you may put a minor safety precaution in place instead of a major one.
So you need a way to record every detail about the risk carefully. And that's why you need a risk register.

Use these five steps to create your own risk register

Step #1: Open a blank document on your computer. Place your company letter head at the top to make this an official company document.
Step #2: Create shapes at the top for you to write the date of the assessment and the names of the people who did the assessment (you and your health and safety representative).
Step #3: Draw a table with five columns.
Step #4: From the left, label these columns as: Risk Type, Risk Level (rating out of five – one: accident without injury and five: fatal accident), Cause of Risk, Other Influencing Factors and Possible Prevention or Treatment.
Step #5: Create a space for you and your representative to sign the register and print.
Now you can accurately record all the risks you spot for better risk management. This one document will ensure your health and safety plan always accurately targets the risks your employees face.
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