Falls from height account for a significant number of workplace injuries and unnecessary deaths every year across a wide range of work at height activities.
The specific risk assessment is designed to provide information and sensible precautions to take when using ladders to work at height.
There are 8 steps to carrying out a risk assessment:
- Identify the hazards.
- Identify those at risk.
- Identify existing control measures.
- Evaluate the risk.
- Decide/ implement control measures.
- Record assessment.
- Monitor and review.
The guidance blelow can be downloaded to help you in completing a risk assessment.
A risk assessment is a systematic examination of a task, job or process that you carry out at work for the purpose of:.
- Identifying the significant hazards that are present (a hazard is somthing that as the potential to cause harm or ill health)
- Deciding if what you have already done reduces the risk of someone being harmed to an acceptable level, and if not;
- Deciding what further control measures you must take to reduce the risk to an acceptable level.
Below is a risk assessment template that can be downloaded for free! remember to read the how to complete a risk assessment guidance.
Remember that hazards and risks are not limited to substance labelled as “hazardous”
Steps to making a COSHH assessment:
- Walk arond your workplace. Where is there potential for exposure to substances that might be hazardous to health?
Examples include processes that emit dust, fume, vapour, mist or gas; and skin contact with liquids, pastes and dusts. Substances with workploace exposure limits (WELs) are hazardous to health.
- In what way are the substances harmful to health?
Get safety data sheets.
- What jobs or tasks lead to exposure?
Note these down. Note down the control measures you already use. For these jobs, how likely is any harm to workers’ health?
- Are there any areas of concern, eg from the accident book?
Examples include burns from splashes, nausea or lightheadedness from solvents etc.