This example risk assessment shows the kind of approach a small business might take. Use it as a guide to think through some of the hazards in your business and the steps you need to take to control the risks. Please note that it is not a generic risk assessment that you can just put your company name on and adopt wholesale without any thought. This would not satisfy the law - and would not be effective in protecting people.
Every business is different - you need to think through the hazards and controls required in your business for yourself.
|Company name:||DIY Shop||Date assessment made:|
|Department:||Date discussed with employees:|
|Step 2||Step 3||Step 4
|Whats the hazard?||What harm, and who?||What are you doing already?||What improvements do you need?||Who||When||Check|
|Gloss solvent-based paint colour mix and match - breathe in solvent, skin contact||Irritating vapours and irritating to skin|
|Shop worker operating mixer, handling pigments||Keep paints cool. Spill clean-up kit. Good ventilation||Lidded bin for wipes and waste - put outside at night. Disposable nitrile gloves|
|Water-based paint colour mix and match - skin contact||Shop worker operating mixer, handling pigments||Spill clean-up kit||Lidded bin for wipes and waste - put outside at night.|
|Mixer cleaning product - skin contact||Flammable, irritating to eyes and skin|
|Shop worker - skin contact||Heavy duty gloves, changed when worn out||Disposable gloves, discard after use|
|Also:||Action taken||Action needed|
|Thorough examination & test - COSHH|
|Instruction and training||On mixer|
|Emergency plans||Evacuation practice|
|Other hazards needing attention: flammable liquids, slips, manual handling, unsupervised children|