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Case 140 - Risk Assessment needs to be completed for every task

Issue

The enquirer has been told that he needs to carry out a risk assessment for every single task that anyone performs within the company.

Panel decision

The advice the enquirer has been given does not appear to have been very clear and has created some confusion. HSE's advice is very clearly that you do not need to perform a formal risk assessment for every task. Employers need to focus on real risks and how they will control them - the significant risks identified can all be recorded in one overall risk assessment which should also include a note of the action you intend to take. Acting to control the real risks should be the priority, not drafting endless paperwork covering every task staff undertake.

2013-03-11