These forms are downloadable in both PDF and Word format and can be completed either electronically or, printed and filled in by hand.
A risk assessment identifies potential hazards inherent in the task or experiment and recognises the likelihood of foreseeable accidents, injuries or near misses occurring. Realistic and practical precautions and control measures are then instigated to ensure the safety of those who may be exposed to these hazards. The person planning the experiment or operating the equipment must write the risk assessment. The ruling is that those who create risks must manage them responsibly.http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg163.pdf gives 5 steps for writing a risk assessment.
If you need any help or advice, please contact the Departmental Safety Officer, Lucy Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org).