Example COSHH risk assessment - Feed mill

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: Kibbled feed
Department: Soya mill
Date assessment made:
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 soya dust from: Dust irritates respiratory system, may cause asthma          
Tipping from lorry to hopper Driver, banksman Keep away from tipping Dust collection for hopper      
Conveyor to silo, to mill Nobody Dust extraction Check for leaks weekly      
Milling Maintenance engineer Dust leak checks Vacuum up dust. wear P3 respirators.      
Bagging kibbled soya Charge hand Elephant trunk dust extractor Install extracted bagging point      
Storage and dispatch Fork lift truck driver Simple dust mask Get cab and filtered air supply      
Cleaning and clearing spills Charge hand Brushing Vacuum hose to dust extraction      
Changing dust collector filter Charge hand P3 respirator Contract out this work      
Also: Action taken Action needed      
Thorough examination & test - COSHH Dust extraction - annually Get manometers fitted      
Supervision Yes Refresher training needed      
Instruction and training On the job Respirator training for P3      
Emergency plans Fire practices        
Health surveillance Nurse comes twice a year for asthma checks Improve record keeping      
Monitoring   None        
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: dust from other seeds and pulses, reversing vehicles.  Dust is combustible.

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