Construction Risk Assessments

Construction risk assessments are a legal requirement for all activities carried out on sites.

As part of managing the health and safety of your business you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. This is known as risk assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out.

Whilst the specific process of preparing a formal risk assessment is not a requirement of the CDM regulations, regulation 3(6)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 does require that risks are controlled in the workplace, including construction sites.

Some text taken from the HSE Website:

  • General assessment – employers are required to make an assessment of the health and safety risks to which employees and others are exposed on construction sites. The significant findings must be recorded where five of more people are employed.
  • Specific assessments – certain regulations require risk assessments for specific hazards and state in more detail what is required. These include: work at height; hazardous substance (COSHH); manual handling; noise; vibration and lead.

Search for the Risk Assessments you require. The Risk Assessments are a template for the equipment / activity and are fully editable. You can change the controls to make them specific to your work if needed.

Risk assessments are generally reviewed annually or after change of method / equipment or an incident related to the assessment.