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 over-reaching 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 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.