reduce paperwork in risk assessments

Currently voluntary organisations, churches and small businesses are required to spend much time and energy on producing written risk assessments for every activity they undertake.

My suggestion is to reduce the workload for every organisation which has say below 10 FTE paid staff who would not be required to do anything more than:

1. show that they had adequate public and staff liability insurance cover for their activities.

2. show on inspection  that any building or equipment they owned was in compliance with fire regulations and other H&S law to the extent that staff and public were not exposed to serious risk (against a check list of say the 50 most common types of accident resulting in personal injury and the 20 most serious types of incident likely to result in multiple fatalities)

3. never to instruct or ask staff or public to carry out any task which was evidently risky, or which they might be reluctant to do because the risk was greater than they might encounter in everyday domestic life.

Why does this idea matter?

Excessive paperwork for small organisations eats into time which should be devoted to core business activity. There is little evidence that detailed documentation actually reduces risk… rather it is filed away and ignored (perhaps presenting a fire risk in itself). The risk of neglecting people for paperwork, and the risk of staff suffering a breakdown as a result of red tape is higher than the risks supposedly avoided by the assessment process.

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