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13.2b Describe how and when to report health and safety risks that they have identified

Once you have identified a health and safety risk, the most important thing it to act quickly. Tell your manager or your supervisor as soon as possible as they will be able to take action to prevent the risk causing accident or harm. You should always report health and safety risks you have identified because as well as it being vital to prevent accidents from occurring, it is also a legal requirement.

You should also ensure you are familiar with your workplace’s agreed ways of working so you can report the health and safety risk in the correct way. Once the health and safety risk has been identified, a risk assessment then needs to be carried out to reduce the risk as much as possible.