Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Don't get caught out by having poor risk assessments, etc.

Just had another instance where a company had an accident and then decided it would be a good idea to do something about risk and other assessments which they admitted were "somewhat lacking".

And this is from a company who you would otherwise think of as being on the ball.

Don't get caught out like this.

The things to do are to:

  1. Carry out a simple and sensible set of risk assessments including those for fire, substances hazardous to health, etc.
  2. Define control measures including those to keep you in control (such as periodic interlock checks).
  3. Implement a method of getting these across to the people who are affected.

Common mistakes are:

  • Going completely over the top with assessments. You end up with a voluminous manual that nobody uses.
  • Only looking at control measures that need to be done, and ignoring maintenance controls.
  • Having a pristine set of risk assessments, but nobody on the shop floor knows anything about them.
At the bottom of this blog is an example of a CoSHH point-of-use summary from the SSS CoSHH assessment system. We normally laminate these and have them displayed on the wall.

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