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Risk Control Indicators (RCI) Summary Sheet

HSE Publication Scheme

Operations Index

Assessment Scale

Each risk control indicator should be assessed against the following 1 - 4 scale. A score of 1 must satisfy all the appropriate criteria of the risk control indicator.

  1. Full compliance in areas that matter
  2. Broad compliance in areas that matter
  3. Some compliance in areas that matter
  4. Limited or no compliance in areas that matter
Falls from Height
Area Standards
a. Identification of activities and precautions involving falls from height Work above 2m, including maintenance, cleaning and repair, has been identified and workers instructed in precautions; access points to fragile roofs are marked.
b. Selection, use and maintenance of equipment Appropriate access equipment is provided, is well maintained and regularly inspected and used.
c. Systems for the procurement and control of contractors Managers know how to screen potential contractors (in line with the principles of CDM) and actively monitor their work.
d. Contractors Monitor their work.

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Workplace transport
Area Standards
a. Safe Site Well defined traffic routes free from obstruction, firm and even surfaces. Every effort made to separate pedestrians from vehicles. Pedestrian crossing points. Effective one way system for HGVs.
b. Safe Vehicle Effective maintenance of steering, brakes and lights. ROPs and seat belts fitted when appropriate. Reversing aids fitted when appropriate.
c. Safe driver Fork lift truck drivers trained and competent in accordance with ACOP, similar for other types of vehicle. Active supervision of driver behaviour.

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Slips and Trips
Area Standards
a. Floor contamination Work activities and environment controlled, process plant controlled and maintained to minimise floor contamination such as water, oil, powders, food. Spillages promptly and effectively cleaned-up. (Consider areas other than those where contamination is inevitable, e.g. Some dye houses, swimming pools.)
b. Suitable floors & footwear Floors and required footwear give appropriate slip-resistance for conditions. Use of drainage, anti-slip surfaces, mats and grids as necessary (e.g. areas prone to contamination.)
c. Prevention of trips Floors even, free from holes; gangways well-marked, access routes kept free from trip hazards, e.g. trailing cables, tools; stairs well-constructed and fitted with handrails.

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Musculoskeletal disorders
Area Standards
a. Avoidance/ control Significant MSD risk very well controlled little lifting or low unit weights; few repetitive activities; and appropriate task design, work equipment selection and layout; mechanical aids/mechanisation.
b. Instruction & training Clear instructions/training appropriate to task for significant risks; employee awareness concerning risk factors and early symptom reporting, safe systems of handling, use of controls/workstation adjustment, risk assessors trained and provision of periodic refresher training.
c. Management commitment / Worker involvement Managers and workers actively involved in addressing significant MSD risks e.g. set aims; assess risk; avoid/control; monitor progress; review; change where needed.

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Area Standards
a. Adoption of alternative working methods: Exposure from known high risk activities eliminated or reduced to ALARP by adoption of appropriate alternative work processes.
b. Management of ongoing & residual HAV risk: Where exposures are likely to exceed the exposure action value, risk and exposure is ALARP by appropriate means – equipment selection, maintenance, operator training, exposure time management
c. Provision of appropriate health surveillance: Where exposures are likely to exceed the exposure action value, appropriate health surveillance programme is in place.

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Area Standards
a. Noise management system Effective organisation and arrangements including adequate noise assessment, noise action plan, provision of information, instruction, training, supervision and a health surveillance regime. Evidence of a positive purchasing policy and strong management commitment. Arrangements for reviewing the system.
b. Control of noise at source Reasonably practicable measures for controlling noise (other than by provision of EP) are in use and properly maintained.
c. Ear Protection (EP) Programme EPZs demarcated and fully observed by all personnel. EP is provided and is suitable for the individual and the task. A maintenance/replacement schedule exists including regular checks by a trained person. Evidence of full and proper use.

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Occupational Asthma
Area Standards
a. Asthmagen management system Effective organisation and arrangements including adequate COSHH assessment, provision of information, instruction, training and supervision. Evidence of management commitment and arrangements for review.
b. Control strategy Substitution considered and effected where possible. Adequate engineering controls provided, used, maintained, examined and tested at suitable intervals. Suitable PPE provided, worn and stored correctly, suitably cleaned and well maintained. Appropriate instruction and training in proper use of engineering controls and PPE.
c. Health surveillance Suitable health surveillance is provided by a competent person, everyone requiring it has been included, it is repeated as necessary and health records are kept. Cases of occupational asthma are reported under RIDDOR.

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Management of Risks

Management enthusiastic and competent, have identified the main risks and for each one knows the relevant health and safety standards. The necessary measures have been put in place and checks are made to see they are used properly; evidence of effective self-regulation.

Working Environment

Workplace well-lit, well ventilated, tidy and clean (if inspected, good welfare facilities).

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Updated 2012-05-17