As a salon owner you must carry out risk assessments regularly to guarantee the safety of your employees.
This includes the salon, stockroom, staff room with chairs and kettle. Although risk assessments is something you are required to carry out by law, if you have fewer than five employees you don't have to write anything down but it is important to identify the hazards and the steps you need to take to control the risks.
How to assess the risks in your workplace?
- Identify the hazards
- Decide who might be harmed and how
- Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
- Record your significant findings
- Review your assessment and update if necessary
When doing your risk assessment, remember:
- a hazard is anything that may cause harm, such as chemicals, electricity, working from ladders, an open drawer etc
- the risk is the chance, high or low, that somebody could be harmed by these and other hazards, together with an indication of how serious the harm could be
A risk assessment must show that:
- a proper check was made
- you asked who might be affected
- you dealt with all the obvious significant hazards, taking into account the number of people who could be involved
- the precautions are reasonable, and the remaining risk is low
- you involved your employees or their representatives in the process
Here we have two example risk assessment templates that can be downloaded:
For further information please check out the Health and Safety Executive website or give us a call.