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Generally speaking, and there are exceptions, if you employ less than 5 people you don’t have to have written Policies. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to have them, you  should,  but you are not required to write then down in the form of a Policy it is optional.  If you have more than 5 employees you are required to produce written policies.  Procedures accompany the Policies and staff and workplace visitors should be made aware of your Policies and Procedures.

Number Two:  Risk Assessments

Summary:  “A risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm. Workers and others have a right to be protected from harm caused by a failure to take reasonable control measures”. (Taken from HSE website)


Where to start is the big dilemma and one suggestion is to ask yourself the following questions and record the answers.

Step 1  Identify the hazards

Step 2  Decide who might be harmed and how

Step 3  Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions

Step 4  Record your findings and implement them

Step 5  Review your assessment and update if necessary

How to finish:  All you have to do next by way of recording your findings is to devise a Risk Assessment Rating System.  I used the one below. For each finding you need to record the severity and the liklihood of the danger happening for example 2A requires some urgent action to prevent potential harm.


A    Likely B    Possibly C    Unlikely
1   High UNACCEPTABLENeeds immediate attention URGENTNeeds action ATTENTION     must   be attended to
2   Medium URGENTNeeds action SHOULD receive attention LOW priority
3    Low ATTENTIONMust be attended to LOW Priority LOW priority

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