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.
The manager did the risk assessment at this nightclub, which is located in a city centre. It has three bars, three dance floors and an additional ‘quiet bar’. Live bands also perform there.
Thirty staff are employed at the club, which is open to the public from 8.00 pm to 3.00 am. Five staff members do not speak English as their first language, but are sufficiently fluent to be able to do their job, understand safety instructions, deal with difficult situations etc. There is a staff room, where drinks can be prepared and food heated, and separate toilet and washing facilities for staff.
The club is cleaned every morning by cleaners from a general office cleaning contractors. The cleaners store the cleaning materials in a locked cupboard. Maintenance work with the exception of the most straightforward activities which are done in-house, is done by contractors. These are chosen from a preferred list of suppliers. Work is undertaken following procedures set out in the club’s permit to work system for contractors.
The premises were built before 2000. The building has been surveyed for the presence of asbestos. Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) were found but as the ACMs were in good condition and in places were they were unlikely to be damaged, worked on or disturbed, it was decided to leave them in place.
The manager followed the guidance in Controlling the risks in the workplace.