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Putting the results of your risk assessment into practice will make a difference when looking after people and your business. Writing down the results of your risk assessment, and sharing them with staff, encourages you to do this.

If you have fewer than five employees you do not have to write anything down, although it is useful so that you can review it at a later date or if something changes.When writing down your results, keep it simple. Do not make risk assessments too complicated. You do not need to write a paragraph when a few words will have the same affect.

Risk assessments do not have to be perfect, but it must be suitable and sufficient.
You need to be able to show that a proper check was made; you asked who might be affected; you dealt with all the significant hazards, taking into account the number of people who could be involved; the precautions are reasonable, and the remaining risk is low; and finally, that you involved staff or their representatives in the process.

There is a template for risk assessing on the HSE website and you can access it from the student downloads area of this course.
When you complete your risk assessment, you may have a long list of improvements that you could make, some big and some small. You do not try have to do everything at once unless you identify something of high risk. It is best to make a plan of action to deal with the most important things first.

Health and safety inspectors acknowledge the efforts of businesses that are clearly trying to make improvements. Having risk assessments documented and a plan of action that you are following, will give you proof that you are dealing with any issues you may have. It maybe that you document and action a temporary plan before more reliable controls are in place.

Finally, prioritise and tackle the most important things first. As you complete each action, tick it off your plan to create a record of what you are doing.