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Risk Assessment and Method Statement Workshop


All employers have duties under Health and Safety law to assess risks in the workplace.  The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires organisations to conform to certain general legal duties.  Regulation 3 requires every employer to make a “suitable and sufficient” assessment of risks to employees, contractors, members of the public who might be affected by the organisation’s activities.  A systematic investigation of risks involved in all areas and operations is required, together with the identification of all persons affected, a description of the controls in place and any further action required to reduce risks.


Specific pieces of Health and Safety legislation also incorporate a legal requirement to perform risk assessments.  These include The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 and The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 as amended.


When an organisation employs five or more employees the significant findings of the risk assessments must be recorded in writing.  The record must include details of any employees who have been identified as being especially at risk.


When the hazards and risks have been identified and assessed an organisation is required to put in place control measures to reduce the hazards and risks to as low a level as is reasonable practicable.

Learning Outcomes

The aim of this workshop is to introduce delegates to the principles of risk assessment techniques in order for them to be able to conduct suitable and sufficient risk assessments on the work activities undertaken by their organisation and the work area where the activities are performed.


The workshop uses a straightforward, practical approach to give delegates a clear understanding of the need to conduct risk assessments and how to carry out, record, monitor and review a risk assessment.


The workshop will give the delegates a clear understanding of the key information that should be in a method statement and the importance of ensuring it is relevant to the work being undertaken.


The workshop includes practical elements where delegates will work in groups to identify the hazards and risks for various activities and decide on the control measures that are required to perform the activities in a safe manner.


On completion of the workshop delegates will be better able to:

  • Understand the need to carry out risk assessments.

  • Understand the principles of risk assessments and the steps involved in carrying out a risk assessment.

  • Have the confidence to carry out, record, monitor and review risk assessments for the own workplace and work activities or have the confidence to assist someone else who is conducting a risk assessment in their work area.

  • Understand the key information that should be in a method statement.


  • Understand the importance of checking the method statement against the risk assessment findings.

  • Understand the importance of ensuring the information and actions in the method statement are being observed.


Who should attend?



Managers, supervisors and all staff who are responsible for writing and signing off risk assessments and method statements within the workplace.

Agenda ( Half-day Workshop )


  • Group discussion on what is a risk assessment and a method statement.


  • The need for and purpose of risk assessments.


  • Who should do risk assessments.


  • Different people have different perceptions.


  • The legal position with regard to risk assessments.

    • The Health & safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

    • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

    • Other associated health and safety legislation.


  • What does the term suitable and sufficient mean?


  • The difference between a hazard and a risk.


  • What does as far as reasonably practical mean?


  • The five steps to a risk assessment.


  • Identify the significant hazards.

    • Physical, chemical, biological, organisational, psychological hazards.

    • Various methods that can be used to identify the hazards of a work area, activity or particular task.


  • Identifying the people at risk.

    • Who could be harmed and how?


  • Evaluate the risks.

    • Discussion on consequence and likelihood.


  • Risk assessment matrix.


  • The hierarchy of control measures to reduce hazards and risks.

    • General hierarchy of control in accordance with the principles of prevention.

    • The importance of checking that the information written on a method statement matches the associated risk assessment.


  • How to fill in a risk assessment form.

    • Record the findings.


  • Key information that should be in a method statement.


  • Review and revise the risk assessment and method statement.

    • When to review a risk assessment and method statement.


  • Risk assessment exercises.

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