As the HSE acknowledge in their guidance on risk assessment, in small businesses the employer or a senior manager may be quite capable of carrying out the risk assessment. Some organisations, both large and small, employ consultants to co-ordinate or carry out their risk assessment programme. Other employers create risk assessment teams who might be drawn from:

• managers; • engineers and other specialists; • supervisors or team leaders; • health and safety specialists; • safety representatives; and • ordinary employees.