Environmental Risk

RiskEnvironmental risks can involve accidents or incidents resulting from deficiencies in the premises or surrounding area. Examples of environmental risk include:

  • slips and trips
  • inadequate fire safety
  • inadequate security
  • inappropriate lighting.

Risks relating to premises are assessed and dealt with as part of health and safety requirements (see Health and Safety – General).

Other examples of risk-reduction measures include:

  • maintaining systems such as heating and the fabric of the building
  • ensuring appliances are switched off at the end of each day
  • ensuring all windows and doors are shut and locked at the end of each day, and more than one person is present when locking up
  • installing and maintaining a security system
  • setting alarms at the end of each day
  • obtaining appropriate insurance cover
  • ensuring fire exit routes are kept clear.