The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) require employers to carry out suitable and sufficient assessments of risks to health and safety of employees and third parties.

Risk assessments comprise the identification of risks, the evaluation of associated risks and the determination of appropriate control measures. Many activities on a construction site are hazardous by nature and will require a full assessment of risk.

It should be noted that Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) require designers to eliminate through design, risks present on-site during construction. The risk assessment process for construction must assess those risks not eliminated by designers.

This topic shows site managers how risk assessments should be conducted and how they can be used to minimise risk.

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