Are all of your Risk Assessments in place?
You have a legal duty to provide risk assessments
JCH Safety, Nuneaton is your local Health & Safety Consultancy offering Risk Assessments throughout Warwickshire & the West Midlands. We work businesses and organisations in both the public and private sectors, across all industries, including schools; churches; construction; and healthcare to name a few.
Listed below is a summary of the main Safety Risk Assessment areas in which we are specialists. At JCH Safety, we appreciate that each organisation has differing needs, so, for a more in-depth discussion about your risk assessment requirements please contact us.
General Risk Assessment – Required under The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
This determines general hazards in the working environment, such as trip, slip & fall hazards, hygiene considerations, heating, cleaning, lighting and general environmental features, including the provision for first aid. It also recommends control measures aimed at reducing the likelihood of harm occurring from these hazards.
Fire Risk Assessment – Required under The Regulatory Reform (Fire) Safety Order 2005.
This identifies fire hazards in the working environment, in areas such as fire routes, fire exits and all other areas. Additionally, it checks for the presence of necessary arrangements, facilities and detection such as smoke & heat detection, fire extinguishers, fire marshals and emergency lighting and recommends control measures aimed at reducing the likelihood of harm occurring from these hazards.
Workstation Risk Assessments – Required in accordance with Health & Safety Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992.
These documents refer to each individual, habitual computer user, and summarises both positive and negative points identified at the user’s workstation. This includes their desk, chair, keyboard, mouse and screen, along with electrical and welfare considerations at the workstation. Recommendations may be made for any provisions which will improve the user’s setup. Posture training will be provided where required during the assessment.
Manual Handling Risk Assessment – Required in accordance with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
This analyses the hazardous manual handling tasks that are carried out and makes recommendations designed to reduce the likelihood that manual handlers will suffer injury. Recommendations may include the provision of manual handling training or the provision of suitable manual handling aids for specific tasks.
COSHH Risk Assessments – Required in accordance with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.
This relates to any chemical or flammable liquids, or substances that are hazardous to health. Amongst other things, it will recommend that COSHH items are suitably and securely stored, and that data sheets are available giving specific information about each substance used.
Working at Height Risk Assessment – Required in accordance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
This assessment relates to any tasks carried out within the working environment where working at height is involved. This may include tasks such as changing light bulbs, general maintenance and cleaning of ceilings or windows. It is also applicable for all aspects of building work, including access to roofs. The assessment is likely to recommend that suitable and sufficient ladders are provided for minor risk short duration works. For higher risk activities it may recommend the use of edge protection, scaffold, MEWPs, harnesses, fall prevention equipment and training. This risk assessment would also cover the significant risks posed by skylights to anyone accessing roofs.
Home Worker Risk Assessment – Required in accordance with Health & Safety Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992.
This refers to any individual who formally or habitually spends a significant time working from home. It takes into account the working environment including the workstation setup. It also checks that electrical appliances used for work purposes are in a safe condition.
Lone Worker Risk Assessment – Required in accordance with the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
This is relevant to any individual whose place and hours of work result in them being on their own for prolonged periods of time. The assessment will make recommendations considering fire safety and first aid, along with relevant medical conditions and any potential safety risks. It will often recommend that remote monitoring is provided for the lone worker.
Stress Risk Assessment – Required under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
This applies to both individuals and departments, making recommendations to reduce work-related stress to an acceptable level. This risk assessment is specifically required when your organisation has been informed that someone is either experiencing a stress-related illness or work-related stress beyond an acceptable level.
Disability Access Audit/Welfare Survey
This relates specifically to your building / premises access and welfare facilities. It makes recommendations, so far as reasonably practical, to ensure that all potential employees or visitors are not discriminated against by virtue of any physical, sensory or mental impairment. Without this document your organisation may be vulnerable to penalties being imposed by civil courts.
Young Persons At Work Risk Assessment – Required in accordance with the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Regarding any persons in the working environment below the age of 18, this assessment considers specific hazards which may be at a higher risk owing to the inexperience and potential immaturity of the individual. The resulting report is highly specific to the individual, their working environment and the nature of work being undertaken.
New & Expectant Mothers Risk Assessment – Required under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
This assessment looks in detail at the daily work routine of a new or expectant mother at work. It identifies any potential areas which may cause harm or discomfort, and makes recommendations for any reasonable adjustments required.