Risk Assessment Information

What is a Risk Assessment?

A General Risk Assessment identifies the hazards, risks, type of risk, people at risk and control measures for managing the risk. It is a legal requirement under section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. It should accompany the Safety Statement. There are also other specific risk assessments carried out for certain functions and this include but are not limited to the following.

VDU / DSE Risk Assessment – An ergonomic assessment of a habitual computer user’s workstation and work equipment.

A Fire Risk Assessment undertaken by a Registered Fire Engineer / Fire Consultant looking at a building or premises specifically from a fire safety perspective.

A Pregnant Employee Risk Assessment for pregnant employees.

Who has to have a Risk Assessment?

Every employer in Ireland irrespective of employee number must have a Risk Assessment.

How often should the Risk Assessment be updated?

The General Risk Assessment should be updated at least once per year.

It may have to be updated more frequently if any of the following apply.

  • Changes to work activities, processes, premises or equipment,
  • On the direction of a Health and Safety Authority Inspector.

A Fire Risk Assessment is recommended to be reviewed / updated at least once every 12 months.

A VDU / DSE Risk Assessment should be updated every 2 years, or if any changes occur with the user or their workstation in the interim period.

Who should see the Risk Assessment?

The Risk Assessment should be brought to the attention of all employees annually or more regularly if it is changed or updated. Other stake holders should also be familiar with it such as contractors, tenants / landlord in a multi tenanted building etc.

Who can help prepare a Risk Assessment?

We at ADSC Ireland have vast experience with developing Risk Assessments and would be delighted to provide a quote. To enable us provide you with a Risk Assessment quote please provide the following information.

  • Type of Risk Assessment.
  • Location of your premises
  • Size of premises
  • Description of premises including any specific hazards.
  • Number of employees