Carrying out a risk assessments is a key requirement by law for workplace activities that could cause harm or injury to people. The risk assessment process is not that difficult provided that you can demonstrate that the following steps have been taken:
- List all activities that you think could cause harm
- Make a note of all the hazards that are present as part of each activity
- List who might be injured carrying out the activity (don’t forget that this not only applies to your employees (members of the public, contractors, visitors, etc.)
- Evaluate what the risks are and what control measures are going to be required to mitigate the risks
- Document all the findings of the risk assessment and ensure that they are implemented
- Ensure that based on the activity that a review period is in place to capture changes in work processes.
The above risk assessment process is all part of the requirements enshrined in The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The law requires employers to have risk assessments for activities that pose the greatest risk. This will require employers to have a detailed understanding of their operations where hazards are identified, but more importantly how these hazards pose a risk to health based on the activities undertaken.
If the risk assessment process that we have outlined is still causing uncertainty or you just need some assistance to get you started then we can help.
We can assist in:
- Working with you to compile a risk register of all your key activities from which you can decide those that pose a significant risk to health thus requiring a detailed risk assessment. (This is an important and in our opinion the first step that should be completed)
- Working with you to complete all key risk assessments (to be agreed)
- Training key employees (Managers, Supervisors and employees carrying out the activities) on the techniques required to complete risk assessments so that as new activities come on board requiring a risk assessment the knowledge is available in-house. (See section on training)
- Agree a risk assessment process that will be used for recording all risk assessments
- Working with you to write your policy on risk assessments.
Do you have the following:
- Chemicals that have the following hazard symbols: Very Toxic, Toxic, Harmful, Corrosive or Irritant? (This can be found on the label of the container). These labels are being replaced by new international symbols, see Chemical classification website.
- Chemicals that require your employees to wear Personal Protective Equipment (gloves, safety glasses, protective overalls).
- Dust and fume present in the workplace that are considered hazardous to health.
- Employees who have to undergo specific medical examinations due to the chemicals that they use.
If the answer to any or all of these questions was yes, your operation (substances being used) might be covered by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) (as amended). We have extensive experience in the process and management of COSHH as required by the Regulation and can assist you on the following:
- Inventory of chemicals used and stored in the workplace (This is an important and in our opinion the first step that should be completed)
- Full program structure of how assessments will be completed.
VDU (Display Screen Equipment) Assessment
Employers who provide Display Screen Equipment (DSE) for their employees to use whilst at work are required to ensure that the requirements of the Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended are followed. These Regulations are all about minimising the risks to health whilst working at DSE and utilizing equipment that will form part the use workstation. The key requirements that the employer must do are listed below.
- Carry out a risk assessment for all workstations and provide adequate controls to mitigate risk of injury to employees.
- Ensure that controls identified to control risk are in place and utilised
- Provide all employees who are considered to be a DSE user with adequate information and training
- When requested by a DSE user, provide eye and eyesight test and if required as a result of the tests corrective spectacles
- Ensure that systems are in place to review all assessments should there be changes to the DSE, or there are changes with the user.
To ensure that you fully meet the requirements of the Regulations, we can provide you with the following service:
- Carry out a full review of your operations in relation to VDU workers and advise on either completing the assessments on your behalf; or
- If the organisation is large, source and advise on online assessment packages that would aid in completing all assessment.
- We will ensure that whatever method is adopted for completion of assessments, adequate training is also provided for all employees.
We have extensive experience in conducting VDU training and completion of assessments, Please contact us for a chat about your specific requirements.