Myth: Risk assessments must always be long and complex


Cartoon of man about to crushed by a falling large book entitled 'Risk Assessment'

The reality

On its own, paperwork never saved anyone. It is a means to an end, not an end in itself – action is what protects people. So risk assessments should be fit for purpose and acted upon.

OK, if you’re running an oil refinery you’re going to need a fair amount of paperwork. But for most, bullet points work very well indeed.

See what we mean – check out the HSE example risk assessments.