Introduction to this document

Safety briefing - understanding a risk assessment

This briefing explains what a risk assessment is and why it should be used.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Understanding a Risk Assessment is to ensure all staff are fully aware of the risk assessment process.


The briefing includes detailed guidance on the terminology used, e.g. what a hazard is. It also guides your employees through the process of looking for issues which put staff at risk and working out what steps are required to reduce them.

Key points

Attendees must take note of the following key points:

  • Risk assessments are a legal requirement for employers.
  • A risk assessment is a systematic method of looking at work activities, considering what could go wrong and deciding on suitable control measures. The findings of risks assessments should be documented, recorded and briefed to staff involved in the work.