Under Section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 employers and those who control workplaces to any extent are required to:
- Identify the hazards in the workplaces under their control
- Assess the risks presented by these hazards
'Hazard' means anything that can cause harm e.g. chemicals, electricity, working from ladders etc.
- Risk' is the chance, great or small, that someone will be harmed by the hazard
A Risk Assessment is simply examining carefully what, in the workplace, could cause harm to the employer or to any individual worker or groups of employees and other people, including customers, visitors and members of the public. This allows you to weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or whether you should do more to prevent harm.
Employers must review the risk assessment if there has been significant changes in the work activities and are required to implement any improvements considered necessary by the risk assessment.
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