Risk assessment is one of the employer’s duties to assess hazards and take appropriate measures. The assessment is generally described in the German occupational safety act §5 and the associated documentation §6.

Risk assessment consists of several parts:

  1. Identification of possible hazards
  2. Risk assessment of hazards
  3. Check of effectiveness of the measures

The requirements for hazard assessments are further specified for various work areas, e.g. Ordinance on hazardous substances, workplace ordinance, biological substances ordinance

Rules, such as series 400 of technical rules for hazardous substances or technical rules for workplaces V3, exist for the implementation of the appraisals.