Employers have a legal duty to assess health and safety risks. Anyone carrying out a risk assessment needs to have the right knowledge and skills.

This Effective Risk Assessment Training course gives you the necessary depth of understanding to successfully carry out risk assessments in your workplace. A properly implemented programme of risk assessments can assist in the prevention of injuries, fatalities, property damage incidents and other losses.

Attend Effective Risk Assessment Training to gain skills to navigate the legal framework of health and safety; understand and apply the key principles of risk assessment; learn how to identify risks that might not be obvious and carry out a mock risk assessment which you can apply to your organisation.

Leave the day with the knowledge you need to avoid fines, legal and regulatory action and confident that your organisation’s risk assessments are compliant.

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Michael Ellerby
Director, LRB Consulting Limited

Mike is a knowledgeable Health and Safety Professional with experience across many different sectors, including industrial process safety, as well as premises management safety and fire safety for commercial and residential premises. He is a past Chair of the Independent Safety Consultants Association.

Before setting up his consultancy business in 2000, Mike worked for one of the largest H&S Consultancies in the UK. In addition to Health and Safety qualifications, Mike also has a degree in Chemistry and a degree in Law. As well as delivering training, he is still actively involved in the client facing ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a greater understanding of the risk assessment process
  • Gain a firmer understanding  of the legal duty to assess health and safety risks
  • Understand the principles of risk assessment
  • Learn how to improve risk assessments at your organisation
  • Test your knowledge by carrying out a mock risk assessment


All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
[email protected]


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09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Understanding the Legal framework

  • A short review of relevant legislation, including the Health and Safety at Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and other relevant regulations
  • The simple review of the need for specific risk assessment under sundry legislation
  • Enforcement and penalties for non-compliance
10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 12:00

Identifying Risks: Obvious and Unobvious

    • Learn how to identify risks that might not be obvious
    • Train staff to detect and report risks
    • Obvious vs Unobvious risks
    • Understand how risk assessments work
    • Ascertain the risks associated with your office property
12:00 - 13:00

Risk Assessment in Practice

  • Stages involved in a risk assessment
  • Identification of hazards in various working environments
  • Identification of people or items at risk
  • Keeping workers and others safe: understanding the control measures arising from Risk Assessments
  • Identification of common risks that require specific risk assessments
  • The need for specialist advice
  • Recording risk assessments
  • Keeping risk assessment up to date: monitoring and revising
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Special Cases of Risk Assessments

  • The simple review of the need for specific risk assessment under sundry legislation
  • Manual Handling
  • COSHH Assessments
  • Water Hygiene Risk Assessments
  • Fire Risk Assessments
  • Work at Height Risk Assessments
15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Carrying Out a Mock Risk Assessment (Flexible Afternoon Break)

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyse a situation
  • Learn how to detect not obvious risks
  • Gain the tools to collect relevant information
  • Develop analytical skills to be able to respond to health and safety risks
  • Ensure your organisation’s records are up to date
  • A quick review of the risk assessment process
  • Consequential benefits of risk assessments (quality, efficiency, etc.)
  • Know your limits
  • Gain Sources of further advice and information
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation and Close