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Proposed changes to risk assessment guidance

HSE wants to make some changes to our current guidance on risk. please take  time to read our draft guidance leaflet (below) that highlights the changes.

The proposed changes

We are concerned that many people see the requirement to record significant findings of a risk assessment as something separate from other things they do to manage their business.

A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork – it is about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. We want to put more emphasis on controlling risk and less on written assessments, without reducing standards.

We want to make it very clear to businesses that risk assessment should be part of day-to-day business management. Your risk assessment can be part of an existing business document, such as:

The main thing is to make sure the way you record your significant findings helps you manage risk well.

Revised risk guidance

We have highlighted the proposed changes in a revised draft of our core leaflet Risk assessment: A brief guide to controlling risks in the workplace.

Press releases

Updated 2017-12-22