Guidance on risk assessment at work (Directive 89/391/EEC)

Latest update: 04/10/2017

This guideline was originally addressed to the Member States to be adapted for help and advice for employers, workers, safety experts and further parties who deal with the instrument of workplace risk assessment in practice. But it will also help employers and the mentioned company stakeholders to fulfil their duties as laid down in the Framework Directive 89/391/EEC.

The document describes how the strategies for identification of hazards and control of the risks should be based on the participation and consultation of all those who work at the workplace, which especially includes workers and their representatives. Despite the fact that the guideline was published in 1996, its general provisions are still up-to-date and in line with current good practice.

CAUTION: The document is not a ready-to-apply risk assessment tool as it does not take account of the transposition acts of the Framework Directive made in the Member States. Therefore, it will remain for those who read this document to decide how it best can be used with respect to the national legislation.

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