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How To Do A Seating Risk Assessment:

Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 employers must assess risks in the workplace, including seating. A risk assessment involves identiying hazards and deciding whether enough has been done to prevent harm to people. There are 5 simple steps that emplyers can take to make sure that a proper risk assesment has been done:

Look for the hazards

Assess all seating to see what may cause harm. Non adjustable chairs for example may cause back pain. Check all the points on our regulations page and ensure all seating is set up correctly. Ask if the seating is suitable for the workstation in height and approriate for the individual concerned. The HSE book 'Seating at Work' contains more detailed information and diagrams on suitability of seating for different types of workstation

Decide who might be harmed

For the most part this will be any potential user of a chair. If employees are working at home they and the safety of any children should also be considered.

Evaluate the risks

Is the seating suitable and safe? Does it meet the needs for the user? Is it suitable for the task in hand? If all of these can be answered yes then there is no risk present and no further action is needed.

Record the findings

Employers with 5 or more emplyees are required by law to have a written record of their risk assessment. This is so that:

Review the assessment regularly

The seating risk assessment should be checked periodically with a view to assessing the impact of any changes in: