Risk assessment is the key to successful management of health and safety at work. Risk assessments are carried out in order to quantify and evaluate the significance of workplace hazards so that appropriate control measures can be put in place.
Usually, a written record of the assessment is required, detailing the following information:
* The hazards – and how much risk is associated.
* The risk – with appropriate control measures.
* Deadlines – to follow-up the risk assessment to ensure the risk is managed.
Failure to carry out risk assessments – punishable by law – is often due to lack of a suitable risk assessment system. Tolley’s Risk Assessment Workbook – Utilities provides that system, both in the form of key background information on how to carry out a risk assessment – understanding relevant legislation and regulations – but most importantly by providing:
* Checklists – highlighting key industry-specific hazards and control measures.
* Questionnaires – highlighting key questions the risk assessor should ask when analysing the risk posed by the hazard.
* Action Plans – to ensure the risk assessment is followed up and completed.
The Workbook offers a practical risk assessment system: it shows you how to comply with the law and gives you the foundations of a logical procedure that can be understood easily, put into placed quickly where necessary and adapted to your organisation’s needs.
Tolley’s Risk Assessment Workbooks is a series of practical Workbooks providing you with all the information you need to conduct risk assessments in industry-specific areas including: Manufacturing, Retail, Leisure, Education, Offices, and Construction. A special Risk Assessment Workbook on Stress has also been developed in order to facilitate management of this issue which is of key concern to all organisations.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Terminology; Control measures; Putting it all together; Rating the risks.
Overview of the law regarding risk assessment: Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974; Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999; Specific risk assessment legislation summaries; The need to comply; Table of legislation; Guidance material.
How to use the workbook and methodology: Essential steps in risk assessment; Action plan; Special cases – stress; Special cases – fire; Legal summary.
Risk assessment – the action plan.
Risk Assessment in Utility Industries:
Risk assessment requirements: Risk assessment – young persons and new or expectant mothers; Approved codes of practice and guidelines; Risk assessment criteria in utility industries.
Application of legislation in utilities – case studies: Sewage treatment works; Electricity company; Telecommunications company; Worked example.
Health and safety references.
Section A – Machinery and Equipment:
Engineering Workshop: Drill, lathe, milling machine and similar; Electrical hand tools; Grinding wheels; Press bending machine, guillotine etc; CNC machine; Welding.
Access Equipment: Ladders, stepladders and vertical ladders; Powered access equipment; Mobile tower scaffolds.
Cranes and Lifting Table: Cranes; Lifting tackle.
Section B – Transport:
Fleet Transport: Loading bay vehicles; Tyres, payload, seat belts; Movement of vehicles on site; Movement of vehicles off site.
Section C – Warehousing/storage:
Section D – Hazardous Substances:
Substances Hazardous to Health: Harmful, irritant, corrosive or toxic; Asbestos; Lead; General (non-specific dusts); Biological agents; Carcinogens; Respiratory sensitisers, eg solder/welding fumes/isocyanates.
Flammable and Explosive Substances: Flammable solids and dusts; Flammable gases, eg methane (natural gas), acetylene, propane and butane; Flammable liquids; Explosive and oxidising substances.
Section E – Manual Handling:
The load to be handled.
The handling task.
The working environment.
Section F – Electrical Safety:
General Premises Safety with Electrical Systems: Day to day safety around electrical equipment; Working on or near electrical equipment or systems.
Section G – Fire and Explosion:
Sources of Ignition and Combustible Materials.
Means of Escape and Structural Features.
Fire Detection and Structural Features.
Fire Fighting Equipment.
Section H – Noise and Vibration:
Section I – Confined Spaces:
Section J – Radiation:
Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs).
Section K – Lone Working:
Section L – Display Screen Equipment (DSE):
Section M – Pregnant Workers:
New and Expectant Mothers.
Section N – Accidents and First-Aid:
Reducing Risks of Source: Using Accident Records; Improving working procedures.
Providing First-Aid Personnel: First-aid provision – first-aiders; First-aid provision – appointed persons.
Providing First-Aid Equipment and Facilities: First-aid boxes; First-aid rooms.
Section O – Personal Protective Equipment:
The Provision of PPE.
Section P – The Working Environment:
Physical Hazards: Noise; Space; Workstations and seating; Sick building syndrome (SBS); Slips, trips and falls.
Welfare Facilities: Sanitary conveniences, washing facilities and drinking water; Accommodation and facilities for clothing; Refreshment services and rest facilities; Smoking at work.
The Provision and Maintenance of a Safe Working Environment.
Peter Ellis runs his own health and safety consultancy based in Norwich and specialises in health and safety risk assessments/audits. Peter set up his consultancy after working as a health and safety adviser for various organisations between 1995 and 1999. He also writes for a variety of health and safety journals, including Health and Safety at Work (HSW) journal, published by LexisNexis UK. Jaan Stanton currently works as a Senior Environmental Health Officer for Norwich City Council where his main duties include health and safety law enforcement and accident investigations. Jaan regularly contributes articles on food hygiene and health and safety, as well as undertaking consultancy work. Allan St John Holt is one of Britain's best-known safety experts. He has also lectured widely in the USA, the Far East and Australia on health and safety matters. Twice President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and a Fellow of the Institution, he is a Registered Safety Practitioner. He is currently Head of Safety for the Royal Mail Group. A social studies graduate, Allan founded the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health in 1979. An Ambassador and member of the Board of Directors of Veterans of Safety International, he was inducted into the Safety and Health Hall of Fame International in October 1997, and was elected Honorary President of the Southampton Occupational Safety Association in 1991