A risk assessment is nothing more than a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm. The aim is to make sure that no one gets hurt or becomes ill. Accidents and ill health can ruin lives, and affect your business too if output is lost, machinery is damaged, insurance costs increase, or you have to go to court.
This lea¿et aims to help employers and selfemployed people to assess risks in the workplace. It is aimed at ¿rms in the commercial, service and light industrial sectors.