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Risk assessments

A risk assessment is an important step in protecting your workers and your business, 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 harm.

A health and safety 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. Workers and others have a right to be protected from harm caused by a failure to take reasonable control measures.

Our risk assessments documents are not just a survey or a tick box exercise but a comprehensive analysis of a building’s activities, occupants and human behaviour.

A site-specific assessment will be prepared and will also include an action plan, which will give a specific description of any actions, along with a risk rating and suggested timescale for implementation.

Risk assessment process

Our general health and safety risk assessment process is undertaken in a systematic manner as laid out in the Management of Health and Safety Regulations and the HSE guidance document – Five steps to risk assessment, which involves the following stages:

  • Identifying the hazards.
  • Deciding on who might be harmed.
  • Evaluating the risks and deciding on precautions.
  • Recording the findings and implementing them.
  • Reviewing any existing risk assessments and updating where necessary.

Why choose Workplace Law?

Workplace Law provides a high quality, personal service at very competitive rates. We place great emphasis on the training and approach of our consultants, which gives you the reassurance of a thorough, competent and reliable service:

  • Our health and safety consultants are highly qualified professionals who are qualified to the level of Technical Safety Practitioner, as a minimum.
  • All of our health and safety professionals have a health and safety managerial background and therefore recognise the importance of developing a risk assessment with specific and pragmatic solutions.
  • Ability to deliver a comprehensive range of risk assessments to meet the requirements of specific specialist activities including: 
    • display screen equipment;
    • manual handling;
    • fire;
    • control of substances hazardous to health;
    • provision and use of work equipment;
    • personal protective equipment;
    • design risk management, as required under CDM;
    • lifting operations;
    • young persons; and
    • pregnant workers.
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  • As well as compliance with health and safety legal requirements, we can help you create and maintain a well-run health and safety programme, which can lead to a reduced risk of accidents, ill health and property damage.
  • A successful programme can also lower operating costs and insurance premiums, build employee awareness and improve morale by demonstrating that management is serious about health and safety.
  • We can deliver a comprehensive range of risk assessments to meet your requirements, meaning you only have to use one company; reducing time, costs and confusion.

Case studies

Kuehne + Nagel: Managing environmental risk

Workplace Law is delivering the training of Kuehne + Nagel environmental champions staff through a year-long programme –delivering the four-day IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management in a combination of elearning, in-house courses and as part of public courses at the Workplace Law Executive Centre.


BNP Paribas Sustainability Estates Training Package

In 2012 Workplace Law was asked to develop and deliver a property management-focused sustainability training course for BNP Paribas Real Estate UK. This is a branch of BNP Paribas bank, which provides a number of property services including development, management and investment of property portfolios across the UK.


Assisting Shelter: Implementing ISO 14001

Workplace Law was appointed in the final quarter of 2012 to assist Shelter with the implementation of an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS). Shelter wished to reduce its environmental impact, secure funding and make operational cost savings.


Helping Chaps Ltd get CHAS accredited

"In 2009 Chaps Ltd recognised that it needed to improve its health and safety systems. We changed our Health and Safety consultants to Workplace Law in order to give us a fresh approach towards our management of health and safety and to gain specialist construction advice.

"By using their expertise and experience Simon and Maria have guided us into developing a health and safety system that has achieved CHAS accreditation and given our customers and principle contractor’s confidence in our management of health and safety. They have always been available to offer advice when needed and to provide independent site inspections and audits which are often required by our customers.

"Both Simon and Maria continue to support Chaps Ltd and have become an important, integral part of our Health and Safety Management System."



"When reviewing our need for Employment Law Support, a number of companies were shortlisted and Workplace Law were chosen due to the professionalism and advice they provided. Since engaging with them they have proved to be an excellent ‘sounding board’, guide and always at the end of an email or call to give practical, commercially sound advice. The support given for a ‘handed over’ tribunal was second to none and a positive outcome. I’d recommend Workplace Law to any business that was looking for comprehensive, professional and sound employment advice." Caroline Lupton, Anson
"Having the Workplace Law Annual Support Contract in place provides our business with essential on-going day to day HR support in dealing with the wide range of personnel issues we face and in supporting our managers. As well as being legally sound the advice is both pragmatic and commercially focussed with an excellent response rate provided to our enquiries. All the HR Consultants in the team are approachable, professional and extremely capable in helping us work through the many diverse challenges we face to ensure that people are treated lawfully and fairly. The support ranges from day to day email and telephone advice to excellent consultancy service for more complex issues. We hope to be able to continue with this partnership well into the future and would have no hesitation in recommending the HR support that Workplace Law are able to provide to other businesses." Gill Baglin, Brewers
"We were very pleased with the way Workplace Law carried out our fire risk assessments in the College and hostels. They worked very closely with us throughout the process and produced a comprehensive set of risk assessments that met our requirements perfectly." Bob Smith, Magdalene College
"The proactive stance taken by Workplace Law CDM-C’s on our projects has created a positive attitude to problem solving between the design, delivery and client teams. In many cases our clients are introduced to the CDM regulations for the first time as ‘lay clients’ and need a high degree of hand holding to stay with the spirit and letter of the law. This could lead to costly delays in the works. This has proved not to be the case and all our key objectives are met." Mark Myers, The Harmsen Group
"On the whole I have attended many courses and undertaken a variety of qualifications over the years and this course has been by far the most valuable to me in terms of the knowledge, confidence and enhancement to my working capability and therefore fantastic value for money. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this course to anyone looking to develop their operational HR skills or for managers having to deal with front line people matters." Jennifer Caswell, Great Yarmouth Port Company
"I really want to thank Workplace Law for the fantastic work you have done on our highly complex project. I know it was not easy to gather all the sensitive information from so many people. Myself and the MD have read the report and are both delighted with the clear and easy to understand way the whole report is laid out. The recommendations were spot on and it certainly helped clarify the issues. I am sure we will be calling on your services again." Thank you. Karen Todd, ACS International Schools

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