POLARITY ELECTRICAL LTD 12 Struan Gardens, Ringwood, BH24 2EQ Tel 01425 489567 Fax 01425 474555 RISK ASSESSMENT Project: Generic Risk Assessment PPE = personal protective equipment Location: to be used on all jobs unless a site specific assessment has been produced Assessment by: D. SMITH ACTIVITY Working in confined spaces Working alone Working with other trades Work in occupied premises Hazardous substance awareness Work on existing circuits Presence of live circuits in the working area Work required to live equipment Use of fixed scaffolding Use of mobile tower Issued to: All Electricians HAZARD Inadequate light & ventilation Electric shock, accident, fall Overhead work, hazardous substances and materials Injuries to 3rd parties Abestos, dust, fumes, vapour Electric shock Electric shock Electric shock Fall and dropped equipment Fall and dropped equipment Reviewed on 23/12/2008 RISK HIGH MED HIGH MED HIGH HIGH MED HIGH HIGH HIGH ACTION Adequate ventilation, temp lighting See note 10 below Exchange of information plus use personal protective equipment Exchange of information plus barriers and notices Exchange information plus PPE Disconnect, isolate and verify Proceed with care and disconnect if necessary See note 10 below Before use check it is safe Correctly erected and sized. Ground firm & level. Move only when unoccupied Ground firm & level. User trained. Correct angle, lashed, firm ground Ground firm & level. Avoid over-reaching Temporary lighting, firm footage Secure working base plus PPE Adequate light & ventilation Check for damage before use and place leads out of way. Team handling, corect technique Use ear protectors Use personal protective equipment Use safety harness Check and use protective gloves Handle with care Inspect, test and verify Check for hazards before starting Use protective gloves Check secure fixing & connection Use of elevated working platform Use of ladder Use of steps Working in roof void Working above suspended ceiling Working in exposed floor voids Use of 110V power tools & leads Fall and dropped equipment Fall and dropped equipment Fall and dropped equipment Fall, hazardous substances Fall, protrusions and cuts Inadequate light, ventilation & fall Electric shock, tripping HIGH HIGH MED MED MED MED MED Manual lifting of heavy load Injury to operatives MED Background or equipment noise Damage to hearing HIGH Form holes and chases Dust, cuts and noise HIGH Working from unguarded height Fall HIGH Handling equipment / structure Cut to hand MED Cutting / fixing conduit & trunking Cuts and knocks MED Activate circuits so they are live Electric shock and fire MED Cable fixing and pulling Hazards within building structure MED Contact with fibre glass/adhesives Dermatitis and skin irritation MED Fixing equipment to structure Equipment falls & circuit fault MED METHOD STATEMENT FOR SAFE WORKING PRACTICES A working site is an ever changing enviroment therefore the following procedure will be adopted. FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED BY OPERATIVES BEFORE COMMENCEMENT OF ANY TASK 1. What is the nature of the work to be carried out and what are the associated hazards. 2. What hazards already exist on site, including activities of the client or other trades. 3. Are there substances, equipment or articles on site about which you should obtain information. 4. Will the place of work and access to it be safe. 5. What is the condition of the existing electrical installation and are there defects to be reported. 6. Can circuits be made dead and secured before working on them, or is live working involved. 7. What protective equipment will be required and is there sufficient light available. 8. What are the clients safety rules and procedures and should any safety instructions be passed to the client. 9. Will there be a permit to work system in operation. 10. Each operative should regard himself as his own supervisor when working alone and supervise each other when working together. Before working alone on a potentially dangerous task, such as live working, inform a responsible person on the premises or the office by telephone. State what you are doing and how long you anticipate it will take and for them to raise an alarm if you have not reported back within the stated time period.