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Legal duties

All organisations have management processes or arrangements to deal with payroll, personnel issues, finance and quality control - managing health and safety is no different.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) 1999 link to external website require employers to put in place arrangements to control health and safety risks. As a minimum, you should have the processes and procedures required to meet the legal requirements, including:

HSE provides advice and templates on these processes - see our Risk management site for more information.

Risk profiling

Effective leaders and line managers know the risks their organisations face, rank them in order of importance and take action to control them. The range of risks goes beyond health and safety risks to include quality, environmental and asset damage, but issues in one area could impact in another.

Although you may not use these precise terms, you will most likely have built a risk profile that covers:

See also

Updated: 2019-11-26