Task Based Risk Assessments - Guidance Notes

A risk assessment is a careful examination of what could cause harm to people in the workplace.
Doing a risk assessment will help employers identify the significant risks in their workplace, and avoid wasted effort by effectively targeting these.
A good risk assessment will help avoid accidents and ill health, which can not only ruin lives but also increase costs to business through lost output, compensation claims and higher insurance premiums.

Employers have a legal obligation to protect their health and safety and that of their workforce. Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires, among other things, that all employers assess the risks to the health and safety of their employees while they are at work.

How can Comax help?

We will use your information to create an example task-based risk assessment. It will show the kind of approach a business might take. It can be used as a guide to think through some of the hazards in your business and the steps you need to take to control the risks.
Every business is different - you need to think about the hazards and controls your business needs. Even where the hazards are the same, the control measures you adopt may have to be different from those in the examples to meet the particular conditions in your workplace.

Please note that it is not a generic risk assessment that you can just put your company name on and adopt wholesale without any thought. This would not satisfy the law and would not be effective in protecting people.

Please note - you will need one risk assessment form per task even if you are using the same product. For example, if you are using Deep Clean in a trigger bottle to clean washroom fittings, and in a bucket to clean the washroom floor, you should fill in two forms.

To request risk assessment guidance please email and we'll be happy to help!