This example risk assessment shows the kind of approach a small business might take. It can be used 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.
ABC Engineering manufacture parts for the motor industry. The company employs 40 people on a site built in the 1970s.
The managing director reviewed the company’s health and safety arrangements and found that although risk assessments for the production, storage and distribution of products were done and the necessary risk control measures had been put in place, no risk assessment had been done and recorded for maintenance work in the factory. The MD told the maintenance manager (the ‘fitter’) to do this risk assessment and to put its findings into practice.
Where possible, maintenance work at the factory is done in-house by the fitter. His main job is to support production by, for example, maintaining plant, machinery and tools and undertaking minor jobs on the building fabric. The company also uses outside contractors, for example for most building repairs, detailed repairs to machinery, and most electrical work and work on the LEV system. The fitter’s job includes the selection of contractors and, with the works manager, the oversight of their work.
The fitter works out of a small workshop, which has some basic engineering machinery, a welding kit and secure storage for solvents and flammables. His work, however, takes him to all parts of the factory.
The fitter followed the guidance in Controlling the risks in the workplace.