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					GENERIC RISK ASSESSMENT       USE OF WORK EQUIPMENT
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          Hazard / Risk        Who is at              Normal Control Measures                    Additional Control Measures           Risk
                                Risk?        (Brief description and/or reference to source     (to take account of local/individual   Rating
                                                             of information).                            circumstances).              H/M/L
   Working equipment                          If there is a significant risk then ensure    Refer to County Guidance Work
                                                 that a work equipment risk assessment       Equipment Guidance
                                                 is carried out which will identify:
                                                   Any known significant risks,
                                                   Guards that need to be in place,
                                                   Servicing / inspection requirements,
                                                   Identify authorized users,
                                                   PPE in place
                                                   Training / instruction required.
                                              Is the equipment appropriate (being
                                                 used for its intended purpose)

   Mobile Tower Scaffolding                     Ensure that a risk assessment has been      Refer to HSE guidance Tower
                                                 carried out before use.                     Scaffolding CIS10
                                                Ensure staff using the equipment have
                                                 received PASMA mobile scaffolding
                                                 training.
                                                Ensure that the equipment is secured to
                                                 prevent unauthorized use.
                                                Ensure that the equipment has been
                                                 inspected by a competent person on a
                                                 weekly basis when left assembled, e.g.
                                                 use of scaftags identifying date of
                                                 inspection.
         Hazard / Risk             Who is at            Normal Control Measures                    Additional Control Measures           Risk
                                    Risk?      (Brief description and/or reference to source     (to take account of local/individual   Rating
                                                               of information).                            circumstances).              H/M/L
Chainsaw                                        Ensure that a risk assessment has been        Refer to HSE guidance on Use of
                                                   carried out.                                Chainsaws INDG317
                                                Ensure staff using the equipment have
                                                   received the appropriate LANTRA
                                                   training relevant to the type of use.
                                                Ensure that the equipment is secured to
                                                   prevent unauthorized use.

Self propelled equipment,                         Ensure that a risk assessment has been
tractor, sit on lawn mower, sit                    carried out.
on litter picker, etc.                            Ensure person has been trained in the
                                                   safe driving of the equipment.
                                                  Identify areas where the equipment is
                                                   not to be used, steep banks where it
                                                   could over turn, etc.
Asbestos                          Caretaker       Check Site asbestos log information for     Refer to
                                  Colleagues       location of asbestos containing material    Managing Asbestos in Schools
                                  Children         prior to undertaking any work which has
                                  Visitors
                                                   the potential to disturb asbestos.
                                                   Drilling, sanding cutting, etc.
                                                  Permission to work to be completed for
                                                   any work on fabric of the building.

Unplanned ignition or             Caretaker       Ensure that all flammable or highly
overheating                       Colleagues       flammable substances are not used in
                                  Children         the area.
                                  Visitors
                                                  Ensure equipment is maintained and
                                                   serviced.
                                                  Ensure ventilation holes are not blocked
                                                   or cooling system operational.
Risk to pedestrians / from        Caretaker       Segregate working area.
dust, fumes, falling objects      Colleagues      Where appropriate carry work outside
                                  Children
                                                   normal school hours.
                                  Visitors
        Hazard / Risk            Who is at            Normal Control Measures                    Additional Control Measures            Risk
                                  Risk?      (Brief description and/or reference to source     (to take account of local/individual    Rating
                                                             of information).                            circumstances).               H/M/L
Lifting and carrying of heavy   Caretaker     Training given in correct lifting             Refer to HCC Manual Handling
or awkward equipment / back     Colleagues       techniques.                                 guidance connect Manual Handling
                                Children
injuries, sprain, strains                     Minimise manual handling
                                Visitors
                                              Appropriate footwear worn

Use of electrical equipment     Caretaker       Ensure all connections are properly         Refer to Safe Working with Electricity
Electrical shock                Colleagues       fixed and that the equipment has been
Burns                           Children         PAT tested.
                                Visitors
                                                Visual inspection pre-use
                                                A residual current device should be
                                                 used in higher risk situations, e.g.,
                                                 equipment used outside or in wet
                                                 conditions, and for equipment where
                                                 there is a risk of cables being severed.

Use of petrol equipment                        Visual inspection pre-use.
                                               Ensure that fuel is not leaking.
Lone working - working in       Caretaker      Only agreed risk tasks to be                 Consider use of walkie talkie to
school alone in isolated        Colleagues      undertaken, Avoid high risk activities       remain in contact/ ‘call in’ at regular
locations                       Contractor      (e.g. working at height);                    intervals
                                              Mobile phone carried
                                              Notify staff on site of location /
                                                estimated duration of task if working on
                                                site remote from others.
                                              Reduce time spent working alone so far
                                                as is reasonably practicable.
                                              Notify manager of start time and when
                                                finished.
                                             Refer to Personal Safety and Lone Working
Working at height.                            If work equipment is to be used whilst        Refer to Safe Working at Height
                                                working at height then a specific risk
                                                assessment will need to be carried out.
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