Example COSHH risk assessment - Paving company
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:
|Whats the hazard?
|What harm, and who?
|What are you doing already?
|What improvements do you need?
|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
|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
|Anyone - splash on skin
|Use protective gloves. Wash out applicator after use.
|Get access to running water. Use skin care products.
|Thorough examination & test - COSHH
|Check water suppression
|Instruction and training
|Respirator training for P3 and fit test
|Ask doctor about lung function tests.
|Other hazards needing attention: lifting and handling heavy weights, noise, reversing vehicles