Risk Assessment - Introduction

Risk Assessment - Introduction

This standard sets out the requirements for risk assessment within the University of Leeds.

Risk assessment is a fundamental part of managing health and safety in the University and forms the central strand of our self-regulated safety management system.

Risk assessment provides sound economic benefits to the University as well as satisfying legal requirements, but its clearest purpose is to protect the health and safety of people at risk. The findings of risk assessments should be used in planning activities and delivering services.

Assessments of any work activity or environment should identify risks that need priority attention, so resources can be allocated in the most beneficial way. In some cases, more detailed or specific risk assessments are required (such as those for chemical and biological substances, manual handling and display screen equipment)

Everyone involved in the risk assessment process will receive suitable training.

The legislation
The health and safety legislation that needs to be considered in relation to risk assessment includes:
  • Health and Safety at Work etc, Act 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (as amended) (MHSWR

The MHSWR 1999 (as amended) introduced the requirement to carry out and record suitable and sufficient risk assessments of general workplace hazards.

The need to undertake specific risk assessments is also a requirement of;

  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
  • Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
  • Control of Vibration at Work Regulation 2005
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (as amended)
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
  • Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2006
  • Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002
  • Working at Height Regulations 2005
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Control of Lead at Work Regulations 1992
Separate standards are under development for these specific risks; this document covers general risk assessments.