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Health and Safety Law: How to Carry Out a Risk Assessment for Your Business

Where should I look to identify accidents waiting to happen in my business?

As well as the risks presented by things like machinery and electrical equipment, there may be areas in your place of work that present particular dangers. These might be hard to spot when you’re looking around an office or shop floor you know like the back of your hand – so take a methodical approach to recognising dangers. In particular:

  • Look for places where people could trip or slip – loose cables, exposed wiring, poor lighting and wet floors could all increase the risk of this
  • Look for places that people could walk into – low ceilings, sharp corners and open drawers could all be potential hazards
  • Check doors and corridors where people might collide – taking into account where people might be carrying heavy objects that obstruct their vision
  • Look for staircases and unguarded drops where people might fall
  • Look for places where people might be hurt by falling objects – even papers falling from a high shelf could cause serious damage