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Risk Assessment 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 and 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.

Learning Outcomes


The aim of this workshop is to introduce delegates to the basic 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 for their own workplace and work activities. 

Part of the workshop has a practical element where delegates will go out to a part of their workplace and identify potential hazards and risks in the area and fill out a risk assessment form for the area.

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

  • Understand the need to carry out risk assessments.

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

  • Carry out, record, monitor and review risk assessments for their own workplace and work activities.

Who should attend?

Managers, supervisors and anyone who is responsible for risk assessments within the workplace.

Agenda ( Half-day Workshop )


  • What is a risk assessment?

  • The need for risk assessments.

  • The legal position with regard to risk assessments.

  • The difference between a hazard and a risk.

  • The five steps to a risk assessment.

  • Risk assessment matrix.

  • The hierarchy of control to reduce hazards and risks.


  • How to fill in a risk assessment form.

  • Practical risk assessment exercise.

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