Table of Contents
3. HAZARDS AND RISKS – PREVENTION PROCEDURES
4. HAZARDS AND RISK IDENTIFIED
5. ELECTRICAL SUPPLY
6. PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
8. LIFTING/CARRYING/MANUAL HANDLING
9. SAFE ACCESS/EGRESS
10. USE OF LADDERS/STEP LADDERS
11. SCAFFOLDING/ACCESS PLATFORMS
16. PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
1.1 The purpose of this generic risk assessment is to identify the main hazards and risk of injury or
damage associated with the main activities/operations performed by the staff of Turningpoint Technologies Limited
hereafter referred to as “the Company”, in the course of its day to day work. It includes the risks to
the Company’s personnel and any other personnel who may be affected by the work undertaken by
Turningpoint Technologies Limited.
1.2 This risk assessment will assist Turningpoint Technologies Limited as an employer to fulfil its obligations under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, 1974, the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations1999, and other health and safety legislation.
1.3 This document should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Health and Safety Policy Statement, the Generic Method Statement and any other documentation in support of health and safety management.
2.1 Throughout this document the following definitions apply:
2.1.1 “Hazard” is anything that can cause harm to people, buildings, plant and equipment etc..
2.1.2 “Risk” is the chance that a particular hazard will cause harm.
2.1.3 “Preventative Procedures” are the plans/procedures designed to reduce the risk of the hazard causing injury or damage, or eliminate the risk completely.
3 Hazards & Risks Prevention procedures
3.1 All Turningpoint Technologies Limited employees have a duty of responsibility to report all known hazards or defective equipment to management.
3.2 Mr Z Bevan is the responsible person for the management of health and safety within Turningpoint Technologies Ltd. Mr Z Bevan is charged with a responsibility to undertake periodic and specific hazard identification
reviews and risk assessments in accordance with the Company’s health and safety policy.
4 Hazards & Risks identified
4.1 The specific hazards identified which occur on all projects are as follows:
a) Electrical Supply (Section 5)
b) Plant and Equipment (Section 6)
c) Fire (Section 7)
d) Lifting/Carrying/Manual Handling (Section 8)
e) Safe Access/Egress (Section 9)
f) Ladders/Step Ladders (Section 10)
g) Scaffolding/Mobile Access Platforms (Section 11)
h) Transport (Section 12)
i) Trespassers (Section 13)
j) Noise (Section 14)
k) Health (Section 15)
l) Personal Protective Equipment (Section 16)
m) Welfare (Section 17)
n) COSHH (Section 18)
o) Dust (Section 19)
5 Electricity Supply
Contact with Overhead Cables
5.3 Preventative Procedures
5.3.1 – Never trail cables across walkways.
5.3.2 – Always route cables to avoid contact with people or moving machinery.
5.3.3 – Avoid the use of multi-plug systems.
5.3.4 – Only use supplies/circuits which have been inspected in accordance with the current IEE Regulations by a competent electrician.
5.3.5 – Turningpoint Technologies Ltd staff should not tamper with plugs, sockets or equipment.
5.3.6 – Report any visual defects to the Site Supervisor immediately.
5.3.7 – Disconnect and do not use defective electrical equipment.
5.3.8 – Do not rest anything on cables which is likely to cause damage or allow cables to trail in water.
5.3.9 – Ensure supplies have ELCB or RCD protection where necessary.
5.3.10 – Ensure all plugs are properly wired so that the cable grip holds the cable firmly in place to
prevent the earth conductor being pulled out.
5.3.11 – the supply and distribution of electricity should be planned in advance of Work commencing
on site taking account of power and range of voltages required and the distribution network.
5.3.12 – No alterations should be made to an existing supply by Turningpoint Technologies personnel.
5.3.13 – Extension cables should be appropriately secured as necessary.
6 Plant & Equipment
6.1 Hazards Use of basic hand tools, including Screw drivers, power tools, trimming knives Guards
Removed Use other than in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
Damage to hearing
Damage to eyes
Damage to body, hands, arms, legs, feet etc.
6.2 Risk Personal Injury
Burns form heated piping in ceiling voids.
Fall from heights
Risk of electrocution
6.3 Prevention Procedures
6.3.1 All personnel should be made aware of any potentially dangerous parts, e.g. any moving or unprotected rotating shafts.
6.3.2 All plant and equipment must be operated and protected by appropriate protection guards.
6.3.3 Plant and equipment should be kept in a good state of repair.
6.3.4 Appropriate PPE should always be worn when using plant and equipment and by personnel
working in the same vicinity.
6.3.5 Wherever possible, electrically powered tools should operate at 110 volts.
6.3.6 When transformers are to be used, they must be placed adjacent to the power source.
6.3.7 Any signs of damage to equipment should be checked immediately by a competent person.
6.3.8 Only qualified electricians permitted to carry out repair works to electrical equipment.
6.3.9 All electrical equipment will be checked annually, (i.e. PAT testing) by competent person and
6.3.10 Portable hand lamps should be supplied with electricity at a voltage of 25 volts AC or 50 volts
6.3.11 Electrical tools or equipment not double or fully insulated should have their metal parts
6.3.12 Where electrical equipment is operated at mains voltage, earth leakage protection should be
incorporated into the circuit.
6.3.13 Staff should be appropriately trained in the use of all plant, equipment and tools.
6.3.14 Particular care should be taken when using Hot Air Guns or any equipment which uses heat to
ensure hot parts do not come into contact with inflammable/combustible materials when in use or
during periods of inactivity. Additional consideration should be given to the presence of combustible
materials within the immediate environment of the work place.
6.3.15 the use of compresses air powered tools requires particular care. Always use these types of tools
in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations. Use the correct accessories which are
designed for the machine and relevant to the task performed. Never point tools at people. Use eye
protection and hearing protection whilst operating these types of tools. Ensure tools are well
maintained and only used by people who are trained and competent to operate them. Do not allow
young, untrained or otherwise unauthorised personnel to operate tools. Disconnect when not in use.
6.3.16 the use of trimming knives needs to be carefully controlled. Only good quality, heavy duty
trimming knives to be used with firm, comfortable ‘ergonomic’ type grip. Knives should be kept in a
sheath when not in use and never stored or carried in pockets etc. Blades should be kept sharp and
used blades disposed of carefully, e.g. in a ‘sharps tool box/container’. Staff need to be trained in the
safe use of knives and good practices, e.g., always cut away from the body. Staff should also be aware
that they should wear robust safety footwear, i.e., footwear which would protect the foot should a
knife being dropped onto it, with non-slip soles for grip. In the event of an accident with a knife, both
internal and external cuts could result in heavy blood loss if a main artery is penetrated. First aid staff
should be trained in how to deal with stabbing injuries.
Smoking Materials (not extinguished properly)
Insufficient Fire Extinguishers
Inadequate Emergency Fire Procedures
7.3 Preventative Procedures
7.3.1 Smoking allowed only in controlled/permissible areas.
7.3.2 Do not use any naked flame, ever.
7.3.3 Ensure that appropriate fire extinguishers are in place.
7.3.4 Identify fire escape routes/procedures prior to starting work.
7.3.5 Maintain good housekeeping.
7.3.5 Do not obstruct or block fire escape routes.
7.3.6 If established fire escape routes are affected by contract works in any way, ensure that appropriate measures are taken for alternative routes to be planned and all personnel who may be affected informed.
7.3.7 Liaise with client fire safety officer in respect of fire safety.
7.3.8 Practice fire safety procedures.
7.3.9 Ensure means of raising fire alarm function properly.
8 LIFTING/CARRYING/MANUAL HANDLING
8.1 Hazards the process of the job can involve the lifting and handling sometimes heavy materials and,
or equipment into and out of awkward locations, e.g into/out of vehicles, up/down stairs.
8.2 Risks Personal Injury
Injury from Falling Equipment
8.3 Preventative Procedures
8.3.1 If you are in any doubt about your capability, DO NOT LIFT.
8.3.2 Use appropriate number of personnel or approved lifting aids to lift heavy equipment.
8.3.3 Obtain appropriate training/advice on lifting.
8.3.4 Site supervisors to observe and alert staff of poor practices and remind staff of correct
techniques if necessary.
9 SAFE ACCESS/EGRESS
9.1 Hazard Obstacles
9.3 Preventative Procedures
9.3.1 Maintain good housekeeping.
9.3.2 Keep all access ways free from obstruction.
9.3.3 Provide appropriate hand rail protection when working above 2 metres in height.
9.3.4 Fence off/highlight any holes/openings within the identified work area.
9.3.5 All materials/equipment to be stored neatly within the curtilage of the identified work area.
9.3.6 Adequate artificial lighting should be provided where work is carried out after dark or inside
buildings which are poorly lit.
9.3.7 Any protruding items should be removed from loose timber or appropriately bent over.
10 USE OF LADDERS / STEP LADDERS
Inadequate projection above landing platform
Incorrect slope of ladder
Climbing whilst carrying loads
Defective ladders/step ladders
Ladders/step ladders breaking
10.3 Preventative Procedures
10.3.1 Establish if the task can be carried out without working at height.
10.3.2 Establish if other equipment can be used instead of ladders.
10.3.3 Establish if the frequency use and duration of the task does not excide 30 minutes.
10.3.4 Ensure that the employee using the ladder has been trained.
10.3.5 Will ensure the ladders are suitable for use.
10.3.6 Ensure ladders are in good condition.
10.3.7 Ensure ladders are secured.
10.3.8 Ladders which cannot be secured at the top should be secured near the bottom, weighted or
footed to prevent slippage.
10.3.9 Ladders should rise at least 1 metre above their landing places or the highest rung used.
10.3.10 Ladders will be properly positioned for access.
10.3.11is use of ladder/step ladder correct? Would a scaffold/mobile access platform be more
10.3.12 Follow the general rule, ladders/step ladders are for means of access, not as a permanent
work station. Use scaffold/mobile access platform where possible.
11 SCAFFOLDING / MOBILE ACCESS PLATFORM
Work at Heights Generally
11.2 Risks Falling
Injury to Personnel
Damage to clients’ property
11.3 Preventative Procedures
11.3.1 Only trained and competent personnel to erect/dismantle mobile access platforms/scaffolding.
11.3.2 Mobile access platforms should be appropriately secured during use with, brakes working
effectively and rakers fitted if necessary.
11.3.4 All equipment should be free from defects.
11.3.5 Adequate guard rails and toe boards should be fixed at every side from which a person could
fall and in particular where a person could fall more than 2 metres.
11.3.6 The workplace where the scaffold is to be erected should be appropriately isolated and clear
signs displayed warning people of the work in progress.
11.3.7 Any client property in the vicinity of the workplace should be at an appropriate distance so as
not to be affected.
11.3.8 Client should make Turningpoint Technologies personnel aware of any specific risks to clients’ personnel or
property; this should be highlighted in the project risk assessment.
11.3.9 Appropriate means of access and egress to and from any scaffold or mobile access platform
should be provided, i.e. internal ladders where possible.
11.3.10 Scaffolding should be tied to a permanent fixture where possible.
Danger to Others
Injury to Personnel
Damage to Property
12.3 Preventative Procedures
12.3.1 Vehicles will be kept in a good state of repair.
12.3.2 The steering, handbrake and footbrake will work properly.
12.3.3 Vehicle drivers will receive proper training if not competent when recruited, and will possess a
current and appropriate vehicle driving licence.
12.3.4 Vehicles will always be driven safely.
12.3.5 Vehicles will always be securely loaded and never overloaded.
12.3.6 Passengers must not ride in dangerous positions in/on vehicles or be carried in / on vehicles
which are not designed or suitable for passengers.
12.3.7 When travelling on clients’ sites, the clients’ traffic management rules will apply in addition to
the laws of the public highway.
12.3.8 When vehicles are reversing they must be controlled by properly trained people.
12.3.9 Vehicles should be examined at regular intervals for safety, wear and tear, plus hold a valid
MOT certificate if necessary.
12.3.10 Vehicles will be appropriately insured for use on public highways.
13.1 Hazard “Unlawful” Access to the Workplace
Damage to new products prior to handover to client
13.3 Preventative Procedures
13.3.1 At the end of each working shift, all ladders must be removed or laid flat so that they cannot
13.3.2 All plant and equipment must be immobilised.
13.3.3 Appropriate warning signs should be displayed warning people not to enter the workplace.
14.1 Hazard Noisy Machinery
Ear Protection Not Worn
Loss of Hearing
14.3 Preventative Procedures
14.3.1 Where possible plant should be fitted with silencers.
14.3.2 Workers must wear proper ear protection when using noisy machinery.
15.1 Hazards Harmful Material Not Identified
PPE Not Worn
Use of Adhesives
Inhalation of adhesive fumes
15.3 Preventative Procedures
15.3.1 Harmful materials, e.g. asbestos, lead, must be identified before work commences and
appropriate COSHH reports obtained.
15.3.2 Special safety information should be made available from the client.
15.3.3 Personnel who are not associated with HFL should not be exposed to any health risks as a result
of Turningpoint Technologies ’s work.
15.3.4 In confined spaces, the atmosphere must be tested and a fresh air supply provided if necessary.
Ensure appropriate ventilation during use of adhesives with a particularly strong odour.
15.3.5 Emergency procedures must be in place for rescue from confined spaces.
15.3.6 Obtain appropriate health and safety/COSHH information from suppliers of all products prior
to their use.
16 PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
16.1 Hazard Protective equipment Not Worn Injury to knees through kneeling down
16.2 Risks Personnel Injury Substances Hazardous to Health
16.3 Preventative Precautions
16.3.1 Protective clothing/footwear must be worn at all times.
16.3.2 Make the wearing of knee pads for those who kneel down to work mandatory.
16.3.3 Use appropriate PPE commensurate with operation undertaken.
16.3.4 Ensure that full range of PPE available at contract site or in Turningpoint Technologies warehouse commensurate with the work being carried out, per the job specific risk assessment/method statement
Inadequate welfare facilities
– First aid
17.3 Preventative Procedure
17.3.1 Make sure staff have access to suitable washing and toilet facilities, e.g. make Arrangements
with client to utilise clients’ facilities, if available.
17.3.2 Turningpoint Technologies vehicles should carry an appropriate First Aid box and a suitable proportion of staff
should be trained in basic first aid. www.Turningpoint.co.uk
Various Unknown Products
Hazardous Substances which fall under the influence of the
COSHH Regulations 1994
18.3 Preventative Procedures
18.3.1 Obtain appropriate COSHH Data from suppliers prior to starting work.
18.3.2 Obtain appropriate Health and Safety Information from suppliers prior to starting work.
18.3.3 Complete COSHH Assessment Record.
18.3.4 Obtain COSHH Assessment form client, if applicable.
18.3.5 Follow instructions on product labels “to the letter”.
18.3.6 Make any special provisions prior to starting work, e.g. First Aid facilities.
18.3.7 When in doubt, stop working and seek advice/support from supervisor/ supplier/client/approved specialist.
19.1 Hazards Personal Health Hazard
19.2 Risks Ingestion of dust particles
Inhalation of dust particles
Allergies to certain types of dust and air borne particles
Various personal health related problems
19.3 Preventative Procedures
19.3.1 Use dust masks/eye protection in dusty environments.
19.3.2 Use fine water sprays if appropriate.
19.3.3 Prepare COSHH Assessment Record and follow appropriate procedure.