Risk Assessments

By law, risk assessments must be done for activities within your school that pose a risk to the safety of pupils, employees, and visitors. Your risk assessment should identify the risks associated with each activity and, in turn, trigger actions to remove, reduce or control the risk created by each hazard.

Risk assessments can be time-consuming to complete, especially if you are starting from scratch. With support from our Health & Safety experts risk assessments can be painless and enhance your school’s overall safety position.

When it comes to risk assessments EPM customers can access support from Citation, our sister company, and benefit from:

  • 100s of education-specific risk assessment templates
  • 24/7 support from industry-leading Health & Safety experts
  • An online platform to distribute your risk assessments with ease
  • Automatic renewal reminders
  • A digital audit trail of where your establishment is up to

What activities must be risk assessed?

Conducting risk assessments for every activity within your school is not necessary to maintain compliance. When gauging which activities should be risk assessed, you should take a common sense approach by weighing up the level of risk in relation to any given activity.

Remember, risk assessments do not exist to prevent activities from going ahead, within reason. They simply ensure that those activities are executed in a safe way, and establish all the potential hazards and associated controls for every eventuality.

How often should risk assessments be reviewed?

As a rule, risk assessments should be reviewed once a year. There are a number of exceptions to the annual guideline though, and these include:

  • Internal incidents
  • External incidents
  • When an activity changes
  • When new equipment is introduced
  • When the employee involved with an activity changes
  • When there is a change to the environment an activity takes place in

Remember, the effectiveness of your risk assessments boils down to how you communicate them. Each iteration of a risk assessment should be clearly communicated with and understood by everyone impacted by the change(s).

Who should conduct risk assessments?

Only competent people should have the responsibility of conducting, communicating and reviewing your school’s risk assessments. By competent, we mean someone, internal or external, who has sufficient experience, attitude and skills for the job.

Failure to appoint someone with the right level of competence could result in insufficient risk assessments. This, in turn, can compromise the safety of everyone involved with the activities in question.

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