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Having identified the hazards in your workplace, you will then have to decide what to do about them. The law requires you to do everything ‘reasonably practicable’ to protect people from harm.

Knowing what is reasonably practicable, is not something we can tell you but the HSE say that, the easiest way is to compare what you are doing with good practice. There are many sources of good practice, for example HSE’s website. So first, look at what you’re already doing, think about what controls you have in place and how the work is organised. Then compare this with the good practice and see if there’s more you should be doing to bring yourself up to standard.

In asking yourself this, consider:
Can I get rid of the hazard altogether and if not, how can I control the risks so that harm is unlikely?
When controlling risks, apply the principles below, if possible in the following order:
Try a less risky option, for example switch to using a less hazardous chemical.
Prevent access to the hazard by guarding; Organise work to reduce exposure to the hazard. For example put barriers between pedestrians and traffic; Issue personal protective equipment like clothing, footwear or goggles; and provide welfare facilities like first aid and washing facilities for removal of contamination.

Improving health and safety doe not need to cost much. For instance, placing a mirror on a dangerous blind corner to help prevent vehicle accidents is a low-cost precaution considering the risks. Failure to take simple precautions can cost you a lot more if an accident does happen.

Finally, involve all staff, so that you can be sure that what you propose to do will work in practice and won’t introduce any new hazards.