straight forward health and safty advice
The following pages show a number of scenarios - use you skill and
knowledge to try to identify the hazards in each picture, and the risk
that might arise from them
When doing this think bear in mind that:
A hazard is something with the inherent potential to cause harm or injury
The risk is the likelihood of harm or injury arising from the hazard
- also, how you would apply the following priorities
if possible, avoiding the risk altogether;
where possible, dealing with the risks at its source;
giving priority to measures that protect the whole workplace;
wherever possible, adapting the work to the individual that is doing it;
taking advantage of technological & technical progress.
Don’t forget, only use personal protective equipment to minimise risk as a last resort after all of
the above priority measures have been tried.
When carrying out a risk assessment, concentrate on those risks that present the greatest
severity. Except where circumstances indicate to the contrary, trivial risks can be ignored, as can
everyday risks associated with life in general. The time and effort spent on a risk assessment
should therefore be in approximate proportion to the nature and seriousness of the risk.
Assessments can be of a discreet task or activity, or may be more general in their nature. For
example, an overall assessment could be made of risks arising during work in a garage, however
this may then lead to more detailed assessments for specific risks which may arise, such as may
arise when people are working beneath vehicles or carrying out welding work.