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Example risk assessment for a betting office

Important reminder

This example risk assessment shows the kind of approach a small business might take. Use it as a guide to think through some of the hazards in your business and the steps you need to take to control the risks. Please note that it is not a generic risk assessment that you can just put your company name on and adopt wholesale without any thought. This would not satisfy the law - and would not be effective in protecting people.

Every business is different - you need to think through the hazards and controls required in your business for yourself.

Setting the scene

The manager did the risk assessment in this betting office, which is located on a busy high street. The shop is open every day, from 10.30 am to the end of afternoon racing. Six people are employed there, working morning, afternoon and weekend shifts.

At the rear of the shop is a staff toilet and bathroom and a small kitchen where staff can make hot drinks, prepare food, and store the first-aid kit etc.

How was the risk assessment done?

The manager followed the guidance in Controlling the risks in the workplace.

  1. To identify the hazards, the manager:
    • looked at HSE’s website, to learn where hazards can occur, including the pages for small businesses;
    • walked around the office and other areas, noting things that might pose a risk and taking account of what was learnt from HSE’s guidance. Occasional activities, such as changing promotional displays or changing light bulbs, were also considered;
    • talked to members of staff to learn from their knowledge and experience, and to listen to their concerns and opinions about health and safety issues in the office;
    • looked at the accident book, to understand what has previously resulted in incidents.
  2. The manager then wrote down who could be harmed by the hazards and how.
  3. For each hazard, the manager wrote down what controls, if any, were in place to manage these hazards. They then compared these controls to the good practice guidance on the HSE website. Where existing controls were not considered good enough, the manager wrote down what else needed to be done.
  4. The manager discussed the findings with staff and pinned the risk assessment up in the kitchen for everyone to see. The necessary improvements that the risk assessment identified were put into practice.
  5. The manager decided to review and update the risk assessment every year, or straightaway if major changes in the workplace happened.
Updated 2014-09-01