Evaluate the risks - Controlling workplace risks

Take Steps to Control Workplace Risks

You are not expected to eliminate all risk, but you are required to protect people as far as 'reasonably practicable'. This could mean, for example:

  • replacing old cabling
  • replacing hazardous materials with less harmful ones
  • changing behaviour or work practices
  • changing workplace layouts or lighting systems

Think about whether you can:

  • lower the quantities of the hazardous item
  • reduce the number of people exposed to hazards
  • decrease the time that people are exposed to hazards
  • isolate the hazard
  • introduce equipment to control the hazard
  • introduce better working practices and systems
  • issue protective equipment or clothing

You can also consider improving communication in the workplace and developing better training procedures. If your industry has a trade association, it may provide guidelines on safety issues relevant to your business.

Leaflets on workplace health and safety are available from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Website (external link).



Last Updated on Wednesday, May 17, 2023