The assessment of risk is a critical step in protected the health, safety and welfare of employees and visitors. Risk Assessments are a legal requirement in many countries.
The FREE Online Risk Assessment tool guides the assessor around their workplace examining and recording anything that has the potential to cause harm. The assessor notes what steps are already taken to reduce the risk, and determines whether these steps are adequate to protect employees and visitors. If not, the assessor establishes what action is required to reduce the risk
Anthony Wilkinson, the FMS Chief Executive commented:
"Every employer has a duty to assess the risk to their employees' health and safety. This free online tool allows users to assess those risks and record their findings directly onto a PC, laptop or tablet.
"Our objective is to encourage more small businesses, especially shops and offices, to take the responsibility for the health and safety of those around them. The Online Risk Assessment tool provides a user-friendly interface that small business owners will feel comfortable with.
Generally, small business owners are untrained and fairly naive with regard to health and safety. Many realise that they do have legal responsibilities but simply don't know where to begin. The Federation's Online Risk Assessment tool is the ideal starting point.
We often find that the business owner appoints a consultant to conduct the Risk Assessment, and doesn't then understand the findings The major advantage of the Online Risk Assessment tool is that it involves the business owner - so they can understand and get-to-grips with any issues."
The tool allows business owners in low-risk environments such as a shop or an office, to conduct a Risk Assessment within 60 - 90 minutes.
The Online Risk Assessment can be accessed via the Federation of Management Systems website at www.fedms.org.
The Federation of Management Systems is a "not-for-profit"