Risk Assessments and Method Statements

£15.00 (inc. VAT)

Duration 45 minutes


Risk Assessment training course | Written Risk assessments are a legal requirement for all business in the UK the employ 5 or more staff. 

To create a safe workplace you must regularly assess risks and minimise them by improving methods of work.  This way you can ensure that the chance of an employee, contractor or member of the public being harmed is as low as reasonably practicable.

HAZARD – Potential source of harm or adverse health effect on a person 

RISK – The chance of an accident occurring due to a specific hazard  

COURSE OBJECTIVE  | To provide a clear understanding of the risk assessment process so risks can be accurately evaluated and managed and the workplace can become safer.

On completion of this course you will…

 |  Understand Risk Assessments and the law

 |  Know why risk assessments are important

 |  Understand the 5 causes of accidents

 |  Understand the hierarchy of control

 |  Understand Method Statements

Watch Introduction

Course Content

Section 1 | Legislation

HSE Act 1974

Employer’s responsibilities

Employees responsibilities

Causes of accidents

Section 2 | Accidents Incidents and near misses

Accident and Incident Reporting

Safe Starts & Near Misses

Near Miss reporting

What is an accident

Hierarchy of control

Section 3 | Risk Assessments

Risk/Hazard Identification and control

Risk Assessment Procedure

What is a risk assessment?

Five steps to easy risk assessment

Method statement

  • Risk Assessment Course
  • Risk Assessment course online
  • Risk Assessment Training
  • Risk Assessment Online
  • Method Statements

Accident Investigation  |  Online Accident Reporting (RIDDOR) Course  |  Online NEBOSH General Certificate

Ideal For

The risk assessment training course is suitable for anyone who wished to improve their competence to undertake risk assessments.


On successful completion of this online Risk Assessments training course candidates will receive an echo3education completion certificate.  This requires achievement of 80% or more during the final 20 question assessment.

Risk Assessment Certificate

Risk Assessment Certificate

Why take the Risk Assessment online course?

While it should always be a moral obligation to follow health and safety procedures at work, it is also a legal requirement. Both employers and employees are required to uphold certain duties in the workplace with regard to keeping themselves and others safe. The law is there to stop you getting hurt at work and to stop you getting ill because of work.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires organisations to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of its employees.

Risks should be reduced to a reasonably practicable level by taking preventative measures, in order of priority.

  1. Elimination – Redesign the job or substitute a substance so that the hazard is removed or eliminated.
  2. Substitution – Replace the material or process with a less hazardous one.
  3. Engineering controls – For instance, Use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where you cannot avoid working at height.
  4. Administrative controls – Designed to identify and implement the procedures you need to work safely such as reducing the time workers are exposed to hazards.
  5. Personal protective equipment – Only after all the previous measures have been tried and found ineffective in controlling risks to a reasonably practicable level, must personal protective equipment (PPE) be used.

Risk Assessments and Method statements are designed to assess what hazards are present in your workplace and how you or your colleagues might reduce any potential risk of injury by working out the safest possible approach to the task.

Without effective risk assessment training it is difficult to understand the risk involved in your business and manage them effectively.  For an example of factors to consider when undertaking a risk assessment see this example.

Five Steps To Effective Risk Assessment;

Step 1 — Identify the hazards

Step 2 — Decide who might be harmed and how

Step 3 — Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions

Step 4 — Record your findings and implement them

Step 5 — Review your assessment and update if necessary.

Who Should Risk Assess?

The legal responsibilities to ensure that risk assessments are made rests upon the employer who is required to appoint one or more competent persons, to assist in conducting the risk assessments.

Competence is not achieved by obtaining a particular qualification, but results from a combination of adequate knowledge and skills, experience and certain personal qualities such as good judgement.

To be competent for straightforward risk assessments, risk assessors require:

  • Experience and training in hazard identification and carrying out risk assessments;
  • Knowledge of the processes or activities to be assessed;
  • Technical knowledge of the plant or equipment;
  • Good communication and report writing skills;
  • Ability to interpret legislation and guidance, and
  • The right attitude for the task.

Additionally, risk assessors also need:

  • An understanding of current best practice in the area of work;
  • An awareness of the limitations of one’s own experience and knowledge; and
  • The willingness and ability to supplement existing experience and knowledge, when necessary by obtaining external help and advice.

Risk assessments should be practical and well rounded.  They should take account of the views of employees, safety representatives, managers and technical experts if necessary.

More complicated assessments may require more specific applied knowledge and skills which can only be delivered by appropriately qualified specialists.

Benefits of echo3education Risk Assessment Training Course

Accelerated Learning – 45 minutes

Kept up to date with with UK legislation

Assignment & reporting included

Self-print certificate emailed on completion

12 months unlimited access to content

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