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 is something you are required by law to carry out. If you have fewer than five employees you don’t have to write anything down. A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace.
For further information regarding risk assessment and other safety matters we would refer you to the Health and Safety Executive website.