This is a working example of one of our risk assessments and to show you how a risk assessment should be completed and what should be included.
If you are writing your own risk assessments, use this example as well as the free video tutorial to the left of this page, and download our blank risk assessment template HERE
Both the example and template are in Word™ format allowing you to amend, edit or delete text to suit your purpose.
This risk assessment example gives headings for 'Potential Hazards', ‘People at risk and how?’, ‘Actions already in place’, ‘Further action required’, ‘Action by’, ‘Action target date’ and ‘Done’.
On this page I'm going to concentrate on the elements that are outside of an individual risk or hazard. Starting at the top of the document we have the title of this risk assessment example which is 'Risk Assessment - Hanging doors'. It's important to put 'Risk Assessment' in the title, not just because anyone who looks at the document knows exactly what it is, but also for indexing, by indexing I mean making the document easy to find using the search feature on your computer. The title can be task specific. For example you may have several similar risk assessments for: Internal timber doors, Up and over garage doors, Upvc door and frame, Fire doors with panic bars, etc...
Following on from the title is the authors name. I always advise that this is the company or trading name and not the name of an individual. One of the reasons for this is that risk assessments evolve. John might write the initial document, but then Martha, Jean and Sam may edit and amend it as required over the following years.
After your company name you will see that the image at the top of this risk assessment example asks who the document has been prepared for. Although the document has been prepared for the safety of your own operatives or staff, in this field you should enter the clients name or project details. This is because all risk assessments must be job specific.
Finally, the header section of this example shows the date the document was created and a field for a review date which is usually six months later.
Reading through the document you will see that there are fifteen potential hazards that have been identified, the control measures in place and a column for further action required.
After the potential hazards this risk assessment example covers substance risks. There are six of these in this document and instead of giving a detailed description of the hazards for each substance, just set out the primary risks as you should already have a COSHH Assessment as part of your H&S package for all substances that you use.
Finally at the end of this risk assessment example is the section to add your name, sign and date the document to say that you are happy to submit it to contractors and employees as required.
We do hope that this tutorial helped. However , if you need further advice, Risk Assessments, Method Statements or COSHH Assessments you can either use the search box found near the top of the page, or browse our categories on the left-hand side, and of course, if you can't find what you're looking for, please get in touch.