Example COSHH risk assessment - Fruit farm

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: Fruit farm
Department: Top fruit store and packing
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
Low oxygen area in fruit store Dangerous to life          
  Sampling fruit - sampler Sample hatch and grabber Oxygen alarm      
  Removing fruit - driver Full ventilation of fruit store Oxygen alarm      
Breathing in fork lift truck exhaust fumes (LPG) Carbon monoxide - poisonous gas          
  Everyone Regular maintenance of FLT engine fit catalytic converter Instructions to warn of strange smells from engine      
Fruit washing - wet work, skin contact Dermatitis (irritant)          
  Packers Waterproof gauntlets. Skin inspections.  Get skin-care products.  Dry hands thoroughly.      
Also: Action taken Action needed      
Thorough examination & test - COSHH Check alarms Before every use      
Instruction and training   Skin inspection training      
Emergency plans   Plan rescue procedures      
Health surveillance None        
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: vehicle movements, manual handling

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