The HSE would like you to comment on  proposed changes to risk assessment guidance.

HSE wants to make some changes to our current guidance on risk and we want to hear what you think before we publish it.

Please take some time to read our draft guidance and complete a short questionnaire.

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HSE wants to make some changes to our current guidance on risk and we want to hear what you think before we publish it. Please take some time to read our draft guidance and complete a short questionnaire.

The proposed changes

We are concerned that many people see the requirement to record significant findings of a risk assessment as something separate from other things they do to manage their business.

A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork – it is about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. We want to put more emphasis on controlling risk and less on written assessments, without reducing standards.

We want to make it very clear to businesses that risk assessment should be part of day-to-day business management. Your risk assessment can be part of an existing business document, such as:

  • your workplace ‘housekeeping’ rules
  • manufacturers’ instructions
  • training materials
  • method statements
  • safety data sheets

The main thing is to make sure the way you record your significant findings helps you manage risk well.

Complete our questionnaire

We have highlighted the proposed changes in our core leaflet Risk assessment: A brief guide to controlling risks in the workplace PDF and we want to hear what you think. Tell us if:

  • you find these changes helpful
  • it is clear that you do not need to keep a special 'risk assessment' document
  • it is clear that other documents you already have can do the same thing
  • you think this works in practice and whether it would save you time

Answer the questionnaire on changes to risk management guidance