On this page you will find example risk assessments which show the kind of approach HSE expects a small business or workplace to take.
The examples show how other small and medium-sized businesses have approached risk assessment.
If you can't find your industry listed, pick the one closest to it and adapt it for your own workplace. Use it as a guide to think about:
Don't just copy it and put your company name to it as that would not satisfy the law - and would not protect your employees. Every business is different - you need to think about the hazards and controls your business needs.
Even where the hazards are the same, the control measures you adopt may have to be different from those in the examples to meet the particular conditions in your workplace.
If you work in a low risk office-based environment or a shop, you can complete your risk assessment quickly and easily by using HSE’s web-based tools.
A risk assessment is only effective if you and your staff act on it. You must follow through with any actions required and review it on a regular basis.
We also have an example health and safety policy. This illustrates what you need to think about and include.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) want to make sure that their guidance is accessible, relevant and delivered in ways that best suits your needs. To help us to achieve this, if you are a small or medium sized business, please take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire. It should take no more than 5 minutes; all responses are anonymous.