Conduct an assessment of risks in the workplace

Business Sectors (Suites): Health, Safety and the Environment in Food Manufacture
Developed by: Improve
Approved on: 31 Dec 2021


This standard covers the skills and knowledge needed to identify hazards in the workplace, assessing the level of risk resulting from those hazards, and making recommendations to control the risk and review the results. You need to carry out a risk assessment according to regulatory requirements.

This standard is for you if you are required to, or have been asked to, carry out a risk assessment in the workplace. You could be an employer, line manager, supervisor, safety representative or employee.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. define why and how risk assessments will be carried out following standard operating procedures
  2. confirm information available to you on statutory health and safety regulations is up-to-date and from recognised and reliable information sources
  3. identify how to seek expert advice and guidance on risk assessment
  4. select methods of identifying significant, relevant hazards to the workplace being assessed including engaging with the workforce
  5. identify areas in the workplace where hazards with a potential for serious harm to health and safety are most likely to occur
  6. identify hazards which could result in serious harm to people at work or other persons
  7. record hazards in a way which meets legal, good practice and workplace requirements
  8. report results to responsible persons in accordance with organisational requirements
  9. review appropriate legal requirements to ensure control measures are in place
  10. confirm industry standards and reasonable precautions are in place
  11. identify hazards that use the hierarchy of controls to reduce risks
  12. assess levels of risk and consider how these can be controlled to minimise harm
  13. list unacceptable risks in priority order including all breaches of relevant health and safety legislation and workplace procedures
  14. prepare risk assessment reports containing recommendations for minimising risks
  15. present results to all affected and responsible persons in accordance with organisational requirements
  16. compare risk assessments to current workplace and working practices
  17. identify significant differences between previous and new working practices
  18. monitor actions taken as a result of your recommendations specified in risk assessments
  19. identify hazards arising from changes in the workplace or working practices
  20. update risk assessments in line with reviews
  21. inform everyone affected by changes in accordance with organisational requirements
  22. carry out reviews following any reported accidents or significant near misses

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. responsibilities for risk assessments as required by the health and safety at work regulations and other related regulations
  2. your legal duties for health and safety in the workplace as required by the health and safety at work act
  3. your duties for health and safety as defined by any specific legislation covering your job role
  4. the procedures for carrying out risk assessments
  5. the purpose, legal implications and importance of carrying out risk assessments
  6. what to do with results of the risk assessments
  7. hazards that are most likely to cause harm to health and safety and any actions that need to be taken
  8. particular health and safety risks which may be present in your own job role and precautions to be taken
  9. the importance of remaining alert to the presence of hazards in the whole workplace
  10. the importance of dealing with or promptly reporting risks
  11. methods of identifying hazards including direct observation, examining records, or interviews
  12. the work areas and people for whom you are carrying out the assessment
  13. work activities of people in the workplace where you are carrying out the risk assessment
  14. resources required for risk assessments to take place
  15. information sources for risk assessments
  16. where to find expert advice and guidance
  17. your own limitations, job responsibilities and capabilities
  18. communication methods


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Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

31 Jan 2025





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Relevant Occupations

Food Production Operatives, Manufacturing Technologies, Plant and Machine Operatives, Process Operatives, Process, Plant and Machine Operatives

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food, drink, manufacturing, health and safety, hazard, risk assessment