Example COSHH risk assessment - Paving company

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: Patio path and paving
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 dust from cutting paving Long term lung damage eg bronchitis and silicosis          
  Everyone involved in cutting and anyone working nearby Water to suppress dust.  Protective goggles. Get enough water.  Those involved should wear P3 respirators, ear plugs.      
Breathing in exhaust fumes from cutter Carbon monoxide poisoning          
  Everyone nearby Always use cutter outdoors Make sure area is not enclosed and fumes can disperse      
Readymix cement - skin contact - splashes Skin burns when laying cement          
  Anyone - cement on skin Avoid skin contact.  Use protective gloves Get access to running water. wash off splashes immediately. Use skin care products      
Moss killer - skin irritation Mixing concentrate          
  Anyone - splash on skin Use protective gloves. Wash out applicator after use. Get access to running water. Use skin care products.      
Also: Action taken Action needed      
Thorough examination & test - COSHH None Check water suppression      
Supervision When available        
Instruction and training Yes Respirator training for P3 and fit test      
Emergency plans Mobile phone        
Health surveillance None Ask doctor about lung function tests.      
Monitoring   None 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: lifting and handling heavy weights, noise, reversing vehicles

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