Risk assessments: Make sure you don’t put yourself at risk

Taking the risk out of risk assessments

IF you’re a facilities manager or health and safety officer chances are you’re familiar with risk assessments.

While they’re a really important tool in our arsenal when it comes to keeping staff and those around us safe, making sure they are carried out regularly to ensure you comply with the latest health and safety regulations can be tricky.

At Acorn Safety Services we offer a range of helpful solutions to help take the stress out of risk assessments, giving you complete peace of mind. In this blog, we explain more.

Which risk assessments can you help me with?

At Acorn Safety Services, we can help you with all your health and safety needs – from asbestos to Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) and everything in between.

We can help with all risk assessments including fire and legionella.

What is a fire risk assessment?

Fire risk assessments are a legal requirement for all non-domestic properties and the communal areas of rented properties.

A fire risk assessment must be carried out to identify any potential risks. Where problems are found, safety measures must be put in place to help mitigate those risks and those affected should be notified.

The assessment will ensure that clear emergency plans have been put in place and training made available to members of safety and occupants.

Local fire and rescue authorities may also carry out inspections of premises to ensure they are fully compliant and that you are fully undertaking your duties. Failure to do so could result in fines or even prison sentences.

Tell me about legionella risk assessments

Employers, the self-employed, facilities managers, health and safety officers and landlords, all have a duty to protect people against the risks associated with legionella bacteria.

A full legionella risk assessment will look for any non-Water Regulations Approval Scheme approved fittings, assess your cold water tank and conditions in your hot water cylinder and accessibility to all areas that require monitoring and maintenance by law.

At the end of the assessment, you will receive a full report which will include any advice about remedial work and repairs and steps you should take next.

According to the Government, there were 503 cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in the UK in 2019. It’s a serious illness which can be fatal – symptoms to be aware of include fever, headache, cough and shortness of breath, so making sure you legionella testing is up to date is really important.

How often should risk assessments be carried out?

While there are no set guidelines, Acorn Safety Services recommend that fire risk assessments are carried out annually, or whenever there is a significant change to your office layout, the work you do or your staff.

With legionella testing, our advice is much the same – the more regularly you test you better protected you are from any dangers.

How else can you help?

We are here to help make health and safety as easy and as straightforward as possible – the safety and wellbeing of all our clients is at the very heart of everything we do.

With that in mind our clients all have access to a free online portal where their risk assessment documents are uploaded and kept safe and securely, reducing the need for endless pieces of paper.

Acorn Safety Services is also fully-independent so you can rest assured that any advice we give you is with your very best interests at heart.

Give us a call today and find out how we can help.

For all your health and safety needs visit https://acornhealthandsafety.co.uk/ today or contact us at info@acornhealthandsafety.co.uk or on 01604 930380.

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