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Health and Safety Services

Risk Assessment

The assessment of all work for significant risk is a legal requirement and forms the foundation of the College's health and safety management system. An online system for undertaking and managing risk assessments is used by the College and can be accessed here: Sevron. To obtain a login and password please contact health and safety by email giving your name, position, department and level of access required:

User: Someone who can see risk assessments for a particular Department or Department(s)

Risk Assessor: Someone who can undertake assessments for a Department

Safety Coordinator: Someone who can view, undertake and review / authorise risk assessments for a Department

or Manager: Someone with overall management control for a Department who can view, undertake, review and monitor risk assessments.

Risk Assessors and Safety Coordinators should attend the half-day training in risk assessment before attempting to use the system.

The system can be used to assess the risks associated with most business activities and there is a separate methodology for the management of risk from hazardous substances under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH).

Assessments under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations should be undertaken by employees after they have received the online training in using a computer workstation.

Managers must ensure that risk assessments are in place for activities under their control and that they are regularly reviewed at period of no greater than one year.

Paper-based risk assessment forms - general and specific ones - can be found here.

General guidance on undertaking risk assessments is available from the Health and Safety Executive's Website.

Training in risk assessment is available from Health and Safety Services. Check this page to see the upcoming training courses.

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