Risk Assessments

As part of managing the health and safety of your activities, you must control the risks associated with them. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. This process is called “Risk Assessment” and it is a legal requirement.


  • Hazard” – anything with the potential to cause harm. This could include psychological factors as well as physical, chemical, biological or radio-chemical agents.
  • Risk” – the likelihood of a hazard causing harm.
  • Severity” – the extent of any harm caused