“Employees have a duty to take care of themselves and other people who may be affected by their work, and to co-operate with their employers. Once the employer has made proper arrangements for health, safety and welfare it is up to employees to play their part.” (HSE, 2015)
Health and Safety allows us to continue working, whilst carrying tasks out safely. Risk Assessment is about doing unavoidable tasks safely; evaluating the best way to avoid risks.
Main Risk Areas:
1. Transportation / Manual Handling
Do not move heavy objects without an appropriate mode of transportation, such as getting more people to help you, using a mechanical aid, or something similar.
2. Rigging/ LOLER failure/ collapse
Rigging should always be carried out by a trained professional.
3. Electrical Safety
All electrical equipment needs to be regularly checked, it needs to carry an in-date PAT test sticker, and should only be installed by a person with the knowledge to do so.
4. Work At Height
Avoid working at height, place it at the bottom of your hierarchy of options. Consider your surroundings, and the risks of working at height before doing so.
- Identify what and where the risks are in association with your current project
- Identify who is at risk and how they could potentially be harmed
- Evaluate and identify precautions
- Record everything you find
- Review everything you find and update (if required).