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Risk management

To reduce the chances of an accident occurring, it’s best to look at what might cause one and then decide what you need to do to stop it happening. The best way to do this is by a risk assessment. We’ve prepared a range of resources to help you do this. They include:

What HSE inspectors look for

Assessment of the workshop

Conditions will vary from clean to workshops where machines are buried under dust and off-cuts. The general tidiness is often a good barometer of how well other issues are being managed.

Machinery should all be well maintained and have the correct safeguards. It should also only be used by those competent to do so and there should be evidence available to prove this. Inspectors will also look at braking and tooling as well as any other safety issues such as work at height and transport. There should also be good control of health risks from wood dust (asthma, dermatitis), manual handling and noise, etc…..  

Assessment of paperwork

Inspectors will ask to see copies of COSHH and risk assessments (if more than 5 employed), and health surveillance records (or summaries).

Note: only low-level health surveillance (questionnaire based) is required for general wood dust. However, high-level health surveillance must be in place where there is exposure to high risk woods like Western Red Cedar.

There should be evidence of maintenance and test records for any extraction equipment and written instructions provided to employees covering:

Updated 2020-08-14