Welcome to Toolbox Talks 2 extra learning materials. Here we have provided a review assignment of each of the topics Introduction To Health and Safety Legislation and Risk Assessments.
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Introduction To Health and Safety Legislation – Review Assignment
What are the four main pieces of health and safety legislation that apply to all employers and workplaces?
- Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
- Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
What is the main role of employers following the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974?
- To ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees.
What is the main role of employers following the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999?
- To assess and manage risks to their employees and others arising from work activities.
What is the main role of employers following RISSOR 1995?
- To report work-related deaths, major injuries, work-related diseases and dangerous occurrences.
Risk Assessment – Review Assignment
What are the five steps towards assessing and preventing risks in your workplace?
- Identify the hazards
- Decide who might be harmed and how
- Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
- Record your significant findings
- Review your assessment and update if necessary
How can you identify a hazard?
- Walk around your workplace and think about any hazards
- Checking instructions and labels on chemicals or substances to see if they are hazardous,
- Reviewing how often maintenance takes place in case something could potentially break down or cause issue in between.
- Looking at your accident and ill-health records
What groups need to be considered when deciding who might be harmed and how?
- Workers with particular requirements – young workers, migrant workers, pregnant mothers, people with disabilities, temps, contractors, lone workers
- Visitors, contractors or maintenance workers
- Members of the public
- Other nearby businesses
Name some practical steps you could take to reduce or control a risk?
- Trying a less risky option
- Preventing access to the hazards
- Organising work to reduce exposure to the hazard
- Issuing protective equipment
- Providing welfare facilities such as first aid and washing facilities
- Involving and consulting workers
What should a risk assessment show?
- That a proper check has been made
- You asked who might be affected
- You dealt with all the obvious significant hazards, taking into account the number of people who could be involved
- The precautions are reasonable, and the remaining risk is low
- You involved your employees or their representatives in the process
What should you ask yourself when reviewing your risk assessment?
- Have there been any significant changes?
- Are there improvements you still need to make?
- Have your workers spotted a problem?
- Have you learnt anything from accidents or near misses?