Hazards and Risks

Under health and safety law, employers have to undertake a risk assessment – that is, they must work out what the hazards are in the workplace, judge the level of risk they pose to health and safety, and work out ways to minimise the risk of harm.

Further Information

UNISON has issued health and safety guidance in Risk assessment: A guide for UNISON safety representatives (PDF, 333KB). This document is also available from the UNISON Health and Safety Unit, (tel: 0800 0 857 857).

Risk assessment – a brief guide to controlling risks in the workplace (PDF, 226KB) is available online from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website or from HSE Books (tel: 01787 881 165).

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