The introduction of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 reinforced the general obligation placed upon the employer by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to provide a safe working environment and a safe system of work for their employees, contractors and anyone else they might reasonably expect to be affected by their actions.
The Regulations call for a formal assessment of the hazards and risks associated with proposed and existing work practices. They apply to employers and the self-employed alike, regardless of the number of people employed and the nature of the work.
The success or failure of any safety management system depends upon its having in place an adequate system for identifying and controlling risk. Risk assessment and management is essentially a three stage process:
When carrying out a risk assessment, the following must be considered:
Each trade or process activity must be considered to establish which hazards apply to it.
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