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Principles of Risk Assessment

This qualification is designed to help improve the workplace culture for occupational health and safety by enabling learners to understand the basic principles of risk assessment.


This Level 2 Award Principles in Risk Assessment was created in response to industry requirements for all employees to be risk aware. Although not all employees will be expected to undertake risk assessments themselves, they may be asked to contribute to the process and will be expected to act always to protect their own health and safety and that of others. You should carry out an assessment before you do work which presents a risk of injury or ill health.

A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork , but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. You are probably already taking steps to protect your employees, but your risk assessment will help you decide whether you  have covered all you need to.

You only need to do a risk assessment if you are an employer or a self-employed person.


  • Understand the principles of risk assessment
  • Understand why risk assessments are necessary for maintaining and improving standards of health and safety at work

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