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Health & Safety

Method Statements and Risk Assessment(s)

Initial Assessment
This form is completed for all areas and specific projects and activities.

Area, Project or Activity:
Who is undertaking the risk assessment:

1. Are there any electrical hazards?
2. Are there any hazards due to extremes of temperature (e.g. welding or freezing) or any special fire risks?
3. Are there any mechanical hazards involving tripping, impact, entrapment, heavy weights or moving parts?
4. Are there any chemical hazards or COSHH related substances?
5. Are there any hazards that may cause medical alarm*? (* Medical factors can be treated confidentially.)
6. Is part of the work out of doors?
7. Are there any special risks or hazards?

If the answer to any of the above is Yes, a full Risk Assessment must be carried out and attached to this file.

The Company Risk assessment method is detailed within the HSE Policy Manual section of the Quality Management System

Important Notes
A hazard is the potential of a substance, activity or process to cause harm. Hazards take many forms including, for example, chemicals, electricity and the use of a ladder. A hazard can be ranked relative to other hazards or to a possible level of danger.

A risk is the likelihood of a substance, activity or process to cause harm.
The Company Risk Management process assesses the likelihood and consequences and then identifies methods of reducing the risk or hazard through controls. Once these controls are implemented there should only be high residual risk where there is poor health and safety management or where the control measures are not implemented correctly.

Note: Often activities perceived as high risk are in fact high hazard.

Method Statement
A Method Statement identifies what work is to be done, how it will be controlled and supervised and any controls to ensure safe completion. Saltaire Security though its HSE and QM system has standardised procedures and documentation for recording both Method Statements and Risk Assessments (Form4).
The Method statement considers
• Operation when the site is open
• Operation when the site is closed
• Site specific hazards
• Operational hazards
• Generic , seasonal and natural (specifically day/night operations) hazards
• Ability and experience of personnel

Health and Safety Checklist

1. EQUIPMENT/MECHANICAL
Entanglement
Friction/abrasion
Cutting
Shearing
Stabbing/puncturing
Impact
Crushing
Drawing-in
Air or high pressure fluid injection
Ejection of parts
Pressure/vacuum
Display screen equipment
Hand tools

2. TRANSPORT
Works vehicles
Mechanical handling
People/vehicle interface

3. ACCESS
Slips, trips and falls
Falling or moving objects
Obstruction or projection
Working at height
Confined spaces
Excavations

4. HANDLING/LIFTING
Manual handling
Mechanical handling

5. ELECTRICITY
Fixed installation
Portable tools and equipment

6. CHEMICALS
Dust/fume/gas
Toxic
Irritant
Sensitizing
Corrosive
Carcinogenic
Nuisance

7.FIRE AND EXPLOSION
Flammable materials/gases/liquids
Explosion
Means of escape/alarms/detection

8. PARTICLES AND DUST
Inhalation
Ingestion
Abrasion of skin or eye

9. RADIATION
Ionising
Non-ionising

10. BIOLOGICAL
Bacterial
Viral
Fungal

11. ENVIRONMENTAL
Noise
Vibration
Light
Humidity
Ventilation
Temperature
Overcrowding

12. THE INDIVIDUAL
Individual not suited to work
Long hours
High work rate
Violence to staff
Unsafe behaviour of individual
Stress
Pregnant/nursing women
Young people

13. OTHERFACTORS TO CONSIDER
Poor maintenance
Lack of supervision
Lack of training
Lack of information
Inadequate instruction
Unsafe system

Health & Safety Basic checklist of items to be covered in an area inspection

1. Access Equipment
Right equipment for the job? Properly erected? Maintained?

2. Access ways
Unobstructed?

3. Chemicals
COSHH assessments OK? Exposures adequately controlled? Data sheet information available? Spillage procedure available? Properly stored? Properly disposed of?

4. Cleaning
Slip risk controlled?

5. Contractors
Are there control rules and procedures? Are they followed?

6. Eating facilities
Clean and adequate / Means of heating food

7. Electrical equipment
Portable equipment tested? Leads tidy not damaged?

8. Ergonomics
Tasks require uncomfortable postures or actions

9. Eye wash bottles
Full? In date?

10. Employers liability insurance
Notice displayed? In date?

11. Fire exits
Unobstructed? Easily opened

12. Fire extinguishers in place?
Full? Correct type?

13. Fire instructions
Posted up? Not defaced or damaged?
Health & Safety Basic checklist of items to be covered in an area inspection (cont)

14. First aid
Suitably placed and provisioned?
Appointed person? Trained first aider?

15. Flammable liquids
Stored properly? Used properly?

16. Flooring
Even and in good condition?

17. Hand tools
Right tool for the job? In good condition?

18. Health and safety law poster
Displayed/completed?

19. Housekeeping
Tidy, clean, well-organised?

20. Ladders/step ladders Right equipment for the job?
Secure base? Correct angle? Equipment in good condition?

21. Machinery Guards in place?
Effective? Service schedules available?

22. Manual handling
Moving excessive weight? Assessments carried out?
Using correct technique? Could it be eliminated or reduced?

23. New or nursing mothers
Facilities for resting?

24. Noise
Normal conversation possible? Noise assessment needed / not needed? Noise areas designated?

25. PPE
Correct type? Worn correctly? Good condition?

26. Risk assessments carried out?
General and fire? Suitable and sufficient?

27. Safe systems of work
Available? Satisfactory? Followed?

28. Sharps
Safety knives used? Knives / needles /glass properly used/disposed of?
29. Vehicles
Speeding? Following correct route? Driver looking where he is going? Properly maintained?

30. Visual display units
Workstation assessments needed/not needed? Chairs adjustable/comfortable/maintained properly? Cables properly controlled? Lighting ok? No glare?

31. Working environment
Crowded? Too hot/cold? Ventilation? Humidity? Dusty? Lighting?

32. Welfare
Washing and toilet facilities satisfactory? Kept clean, with soap and towels/ adequate changing facilities?

33. Young persons
Employed? Special risk assessments?

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