Risk Assessment and Method Statements 
Controlling Risk 
 
Employers have a duty to assess risks and take steps to avoid or control risks. In order to control risk you need to fully understand what they are. Risk assessments will help to achieve identify them and are a useful tool to open up understanding and conversations about the following: 
 
involving workers when considering potential risks and measure to control them 
taking steps to ensure risks are removed where possible or putting in control measures 
instruct, train and supervise your staff 
identifying tasks which are too dangerous to be carried out by an unaccompanied worker 
ensuring a lone worker has back up as and when needed and is not undertaking work alone when it has been identified dangerous to do so 
Risk assessments should be recorded and reviewed periodically. 
 
Risk assessments on their own, however, are insufficient. A Method Statement should be an integral part of the risk assessment document. This detailing a ‘safe system of work’ and describes the processes that should be used outlining potential hazards. 
 
Some industries are covered by specific law that prohibits lone working e.g. vehicles carrying explosives and fumigation work. Some trades have specific health and safety policies including Approved Codes of Practice and guidance notes, e.g. plumbers and heating engineers. 
 
If you have any questions about the content of this article, or would like advice or help with setting up any of the aforementioned documents we can help. Contact us: enquiries@pegasushr.com 
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