Example COSHH risk assessment - Sandwich maker

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: Sandwich makers
Department: Seafood line
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
Breathe in mist from chopping seafood Can cause asthma          
  Shelling and mashing fillings Rear-extracted workbench Start health surveillance and pre-employment checks      
Garnishes - skin contact with citrus fruits Can cause dermatitis          
  Slicing and zesting Protective gloves and skin-care products Start health surveillance      
Skin contact with trigger sprays - surface disinfection Irritating to eyes and skin          
  Cleaners Household protective gloves Replace spray with foam      
Skin contact with dishwasher detergent fluid Skin burns from splashes          
  Anyone Household protective gloves Swap to detergent pellets      
Also: Action taken Action needed      
Thorough examination & test - COSHH Once a year for workbench Enclose more - get booth?      
Supervision Yes        
Instruction and training Yes        
Emergency plans Yes        
Health surveillance None Ask doctor about asthma and dermatitis checks      
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: Cuts, slips, cold and wet work

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