Explain the different stages of a risk assessment.

NOTE: Please be aware that the information on this page is a very rough draft and has not been fact-checked so should be used accordingly (taken with a pinch of salt)! However, it should (hopefully) give you some pointers and set you off in the right direction.

The different stages of a risk assessment are:

  1. Identify Hazards – You could be actively looking for potential hazards or simply notice something that could be potentially hazardous whilst carrying out your day-to-day activities.
  2. Assessing Risks – Having identified a hazard, you must then make an assessment of what risks to people’s safety it could cause.
  3. Take Precautions – Decide what actions will prevent or minimise the risks.
  4. Document – Record the hazards, risks and actions on a risk assessment form along with any procedures.
  5. Review – Regularly review the risk assessment to keep it in line with current legislation and working practices and record any changes.