Example COSHH risk assessment - Die caster

Important reminder

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: Miniature die-cast reproduction Date assessment made:             
Department: Preparation shop Date discussed with employees:             
Step 1
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
Breathing in dust from zinc alloy Harmful dust - lungs and body organs          
  Operators removing flash on abrasive wheel (3 wheels) Dust directed into bin.  Overalls, protective gloves Use contract laundry for overalls      
  Operators finishing by filing down Overalls Get skin-care products.  Use contract laundry for overalls      
  Cleaning up dust Dry brushing Damp down and mop up      
Skin contact with metal primer - low VOC paint Skin dryness, dermatitis          
  Operator - manual dipping Tongs, nitrile gloves.  Lidded bin for waste wipes. Get disposable gloves.  Get spill clean up kit.  Get skin-care products.      
  Drying Overnight - general ventilation Get drip tray      
Also: Action taken Action needed      
Thorough examination & test - COSHH None        
Supervision   Occasional checks      
Instruction and training On the job (all part timers)        
Emergency plans   Spill clean up      
Health surveillance None Start skin checks      
Monitoring Not needed        
Step 5
Review date
  1. Review your assessment - make sure you are not sliding back.
  2. Any significant change in the work?  Check the assessment and change it if necessary
Other hazards needing attention: eye protection, noise and vibration, abrasive wheel guarded, flammable dust produced.  Flammable liquid.

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