Risk Assessments


Risk assessments are a legal requirement for all business and underpin all effect safety management.   Participant learn how to undertake them correctly with this online course.

Duration 45 minutes

online Risk Assessment course


Online Risk Assessment Course | All businesses must consider the risks to their staff.  If you employ 5 or more staff writing down these considerations and what will be done to reduce the risk is a legal requirement.

Upon completion, participant will have developed a knowledge to appropriately undertake a risk assessment process.

Helpful for all staff involved in the risk asssessment process.   The course is CPD-accredited and lasts approximately 45 minutes.   Using motion-graphic videos, key lessons are communicated in an engaging, clear and concise way.

At the end of the course there is a 15-question, multiple-choice assessment.  Participants must achieve a minimum pass mark to evidence understanding and receive their completion certificate.

Course Aim

Providing a clear understanding of how to complete sufficient and appropriate risk assessments as required by the Management of Health & Safety regulations 1999

What you will learn

  •  Risk Assessments and the law
  •  Why risk assessments are important
  •  Understand the 5 causes of accidents
  •  Understand the hierarchy of control
  •  What Method Statements are

Course Content

UNIT 1 | Legislation

HSE Act 1974; Employer’s responsibilities; Employees responsibilities; Causes of accidents

UNIT 2 | Accidents, Incidents and near misses

Accident and Incident Reporting; Safe Starts & Near Misses; Near Miss reporting; What is an accident; Hierarchy of control

UNIT 3 | Risk Assessments

Risk/Hazard Identification and control; Risk Assessment Procedure; What is a risk assessment?; Five steps to easy risk assessment; Method statement

Ideal For

Suitable for anyone who wished to improve their understanding of the best practice around risk assessments.


At the end of the online Risk Assessment course there is a 15 question, multiple-choice quiz.  If learners demonstrate their understanding of course content by achieving a minimum score of 80%, we’ll email them their completion certificate.  If learners score less than 80%, they can revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until they are successful. A posted certificate is available for £6.



What is risk?

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

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

INCIDENT –  Happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, includes near-misses where no damage or injury occurred. 

ACCIDENT – Happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, results in Damage or Injury

What is a Risk Assessment?

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 are a process where first hazards are identified and common sense steps are taken to reduce the chance of a particular hazard causing an incident.

Without effective risk assessments it is difficult to understand the risk involved in your business and manage them effectively.

Also if an accidents occurs authority may require to see risk assessments to understand if risk have been appropriately managed.

Your risk assessment process can be easily guided by using a template form.  The UK Health & Safety executive has create templates for a range of industries that you can view here.

What are the Five Steps To Risk Assessment?

  1. Identify the hazards
  2. Decide who might be harmed and how
  3. Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
  4. Record your findings and implement them
  5. Review your assessment and update if necessary

Who Should Risk Assess?

The legal responsibilities for risk assessments rests upon the employer who is required to appoint one or more competent persons, to conduct risk assessments.  This course helps demonstrate that employees are competent to undertake risk assessments.

Who is competent do undertake risk assessments?

Competence is not achieved by obtaining a particular qualification, but results from a combination of acquired 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.

What is an appropriate risk assessment?

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.

Whats included

  • 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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