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					                                     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             Issued to: All Electricians                     Reviewed on 23/12/2008
ACTIVITY                            HAZARD                                   RISK   ACTION
Working in confined spaces          Inadequate light & ventilation           HIGH   Adequate ventilation, temp lighting
Working alone                       Electric shock, accident, fall           MED    See note 10 below
Working with other trades           Overhead work, hazardous                 HIGH   Exchange of information plus
                                    substances and materials                        use personal protective equipment
Work in occupied premises           Injuries to 3rd parties                  MED    Exchange of information plus
                                                                                    barriers and notices
Hazardous substance awareness       Abestos, dust, fumes, vapour             HIGH   Exchange information plus PPE
Work on existing circuits           Electric shock                           HIGH   Disconnect, isolate and verify
Presence of live circuits in the    Electric shock                           MED    Proceed with care and
working area                                                                        disconnect if necessary
Work required to live equipment     Electric shock                           HIGH   See note 10 below
Use of fixed scaffolding            Fall and dropped equipment               HIGH   Before use check it is safe
Use of mobile tower                 Fall and dropped equipment               HIGH   Correctly erected and sized.
                                                                                    Ground firm & level. Move only
                                                                                    when unoccupied
Use of elevated working platform    Fall and dropped equipment               HIGH   Ground firm & level. User trained.
Use of ladder                       Fall and dropped equipment               HIGH   Correct angle, lashed, firm ground
Use of steps                        Fall and dropped equipment               MED    Ground firm & level. Avoid
Working in roof void                Fall, hazardous substances               MED    Temporary lighting, firm footage
Working above suspended ceiling     Fall, protrusions and cuts               MED    Secure working base plus PPE
Working in exposed floor voids      Inadequate light, ventilation & fall     MED    Adequate light & ventilation
Use of 110V power tools & leads     Electric shock, tripping                 MED    Check for damage before use
                                                                                    and place leads out of way.
Manual lifting of heavy load          Injury to operatives                     MED  Team handling, corect technique
Background or equipment noise         Damage to hearing                        HIGH Use ear protectors
Form holes and chases                 Dust, cuts and noise                     HIGH Use personal protective equipment
Working from unguarded height         Fall                                     HIGH Use safety harness
Handling equipment / structure        Cut to hand                              MED  Check and use protective gloves
Cutting / fixing conduit & trunking   Cuts and knocks                          MED  Handle with care
Activate circuits so they are live    Electric shock and fire                  MED  Inspect, test and verify
Cable fixing and pulling              Hazards within building structure        MED  Check for hazards before starting
Contact with fibre glass/adhesives    Dermatitis and skin irritation           MED  Use protective gloves
Fixing equipment to structure         Equipment falls & circuit fault          MED  Check secure fixing & connection
A working site is an ever changing enviroment therefore the following procedure will be adopted.
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.

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