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Step 4: Record your findings and implement them

At this stage you should have identified measures you are already taking to keep your staff safe, as well as actions that you could take to improve things further. You need to decide how you are going to put these actions in place. Remember, it is action and not paperwork that protects people; risk assessment is a means to an end, not an end in itself. You will need to prioritise and may want to think about the following to help you work out your priorities:

Once you've decided what measures you need to do to keep your staff safe, you need to put them into action. Remember, paperwork on its own makes no difference; only when you have taken actions will you be protecting people.

Decide who does what and record your findings

Decide how you are going to implement any of the actions you've identified in your risk assessment and ensure this is communicated to all staff. Make sure you prioritise and decide who is going to do what and by when. In most cases your decisions will need to be written down.

Legal requirements

If you employ five or more people you have a legal duty to record the significant findings of your risk assessment. You will also need to share the results of your findings with your employees.

The risk assessment findings should be fit for purpose. It is the quality of the findings and not the quantity that matters. If you wish, you can refer to other documents such as a health and safety manual or your policies and procedures, company rules etc, rather than writing them out in the assessment findings.

The HSE website contains more information on risk assessment and Microsoft Word or Open Document Format templates for recording your decisions.

You now need to go on to the final step of the risk assessment process: Step 5 - Review your risk assessment and update if necessary

Updated 2013-12-12