Risk Assessments


This risk assessment course online provides the knowledge needed to conduct effective risk assessments.

Duration 45 minutes

CPD Accredited courses online


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

In safe workplaces risks are regularly assessed and minimised by improving methods of work.  This way the chance of an employee, contractor or member of the public being harmed is as lowered.

Course Aim

Providing a clear understanding of the risk assessment process and its purpose.

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

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

Accident Investigation  |  Accident Reporting  |  Office Safety

Ideal For

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

What you get with the Risk Assessment Training Online

| Kept up to date with with UK legislation

| Assignment & reporting included

| Self-print certificate emailed on completion

| 12 months unlimited access to content

[email protected] | 0131 661 8253

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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

Why take the Risk Assessment online course?

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 assessments it is difficult to understand the risk involved in your business and manage them effectively.

What are the Five Steps To 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 for risk assessments rests upon the employer who is required to appoint one or more competent persons, to conduct 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.

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