All companies with employees must prepare a written risk assessment. The employer is responsible for carrying this out and involving the employees in the process.
A risk assessment is a tool for dealing with the working environment; it helps a company to examine all the health and safety issues that might arise.
Risk assessments improve health and safety in a company and can have the following benefits:
The process should reveal any health and safety problems so that they can be resolved. The company must always fulfil the following requirements for a risk assessment:
The risk assessment process consists of five elements that the company must perform:
Arbejdstilsynet does not have to approve company risk assessments but will check whether the risk assessment has been implemented as required by law.
The company’s Health and Safety Organisation must be involved in the entire risk assessment process. If a company has 9 or fewer employees it is not required to have a Health and Safety Organisation but an employee representative must be involved in the process. The company chooses the methods and tools it will use to perform the risk assessment.
The Danish Working Environment Authority – Arbejdstilsynet – has prepared checklists that you can use during a risk assessment. The checklists are especially suitable for companies with fewer than 10 employees. They contain a series of questions on working environment conditions that are typical for the branch.
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