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Risk Assessment

These play an essential role in keeping us safe.  This is done by helping us to manage and control the risk from activities we undertake. There are different risk assessments available depending on the activity and what we are managing.   Some of these risk assessments may be localised but the organisation is moving towards more National Risk Assessments that will cover an activity that may be performed across the country such as pushing a roll cage or working in a specific environment such as an Office or Laboratory.  The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Department will provide training to any colleagues that wish to become risk assessors (insert Link to risk assessment training). Your manager must make you aware of the risk assessments and controls required to keep you safe but you have a responsibility to familiarise yourself with them.  Risk assessments influence training and the development of safe systems of work (SSW) and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Risk assessments are recorded, systematic evaluations of a task or environment, used to identify hazards and risks with the objective of eliminating the hazards or reducing the risk to the lowest acceptable level.

A Risk Assessment is a process of ensuring that:

  • All work activities are as safe as one could reasonably expect them to be.
  • One has identified what measures should be taken to comply with your duties under the "relevant statutory provisions".


A general risk assessment looks at the impact  and likelihood of hazards involved in specific situations to determine a residual risk level. These situations would include equipment, processes, activities and workplace risk assessments.

COSHH - Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

A COSHH risk assessment covers the receipt, handling, transport, storage, use, control and disposal of any identified hazardous substances. These substances are provided with Safety Data Sheets.  The COSHH risk assessment must be carried out for all substances before they are used in the workplace. 

Manual Handling

A manual handling risk assessment looks at the Task, Individual Capability, Load, Environment and Other Factors, to determine a residual risk level. Activities include pushing, pulling, lifting, putting down, carrying, moving by hand or bodily force.

Work Related Stress

Role specific work related stress risk assessments are available for each role. These look at the Demand, Control, Support, Relationships, Role and Change in each specific role, and this is used to determine a residual risk level

Datix for Training

To access the Datix training system, click here

User Name: All Users
Password: everyone49

This is to be used to complete coursework as part of H&S training courses. 


Inspections should be put on to Datix Monthly through the Risk Module by 'adding a new risk' and selecting the type of inspection required.

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