Health and Safety
A risk assessment is an important step in protecting the University and its employees, as well as complying with the law. It helps you focus on the risks that really matter in your workplace, the ones with the potential to cause real harm. In many instances, straightforward measures can readily control risks, for example ensuring spillages are cleaned up promptly so people do not slip, or cupboard drawers are kept closed to ensure people do not trip. For most, that means simple, cheap and effective measures to ensure your most valuable asset, your students and staff are protected.
The law does not expect you to eliminate all risk, but you are required to protect people as far as reasonably practicable.
This is not the only way to do a risk assessment; there are other methods that work well, particularly for more complex risks and circumstances. However, we believe this method is the most straightforward for the University.
What is risk assessment?
A risk assessment is simply 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. Employees and students have a right to be protected from harm caused by a failure to take reasonable control measures.
Accidents and ill health can ruin lives and affect the University too if output is lost, equipment is damaged, insurance costs increase or you have to go to court. You are legally required to assess the risks in your workplace so that you put in place a plan to control the risks.
Please use the folling link for our Manual Handling Risk Assessment Form.
You can either print off and complete or download and complete electronically. Copies can be kept in either or both formats, but must be made available on request.
This tool has been designed to assist in identifying hazards and controls measures, including identifying those people who may be at risk. It is designed to be printed off and taken to a location when you are surveying for hazards (if required).
This form provides confirmation that the relevant people for the task/event/equipment etc have read and understood any and all risk assessment/s that have been carried out.
The key to a successful risk assessment is that it is effectively communicated and everyone understands the risks involved with doing the task and how the risks are going to be controlled.
A good time to do this would be at a team briefing prior to starting the task/event/equipment etc. It is important to discuss the hazards and controls identified in the risk assessment to ensure that it is interpreted correctly and everyone understands what is required of them and what they need to do to avoid an accident or ill health occurring.