What even is the risk assessment?
Through risk assessment, we analyze the hazards your employees face in specific workflows and work environments, then determine what actions are needed to minimize the frequency and impact of these risks.
Based on the aboves, you might think, “Well, we’re just sitting in the office and nothing happens here.” Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Even when working in an office, there are a lot things to be aware of, in order to work in safe and healthy environment.
Does your business need risk assessment?
Every business with at least 1 employee must have a risk assessment. Even if that one person works only in part time.
How often shall the risk assessment be done?
Risk assessment shall be done before starting the business, and the completed assessment must be reviewed
- at least every 3 years
- or when a serious accident occurs
- or working conditions change significantly (e.g. a new machine arrives, new technology is launched or the business starts to work on a new workplace)
Who can do risk assessment?
Risk assessment is an occupational safety and health profession activity, so it must be carried out by an OSH qualified person.
What can be the consequences of failing to carry out the risk assessment?
Occupational safety and health penalty: The amount of the penalty can range from 50,000 HUF to 10,000,000 HUF per site. In determining the amount of the penalty, the Authority does not take into consideration the financial position of the business, but the number of people at risk (e.g. the number of employees on a given site). The number of employees works as a multiplier, so if the fine would be 100,000 HUF and the given site would employ 10 people, then it would already be 1,000,000 HUF. Moreover, there is also a so-called cumulative multiplier, so 2 or more OSH insufficiencies together will be more expensive than they would be individually.
Compensation consequences: if an employee is involved in an accident, they may need to be compensated for material and non-material damage.
Criminal law consequences: Failure to carry out a risk assessment is considered to be a serious threat to the workplace, so if an accident occurs and the business does not have a risk assessment, it is a crime that can be punished by 1 to 8 years imprisonment depending on the severity of the accident.