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Health and Safety Guidance Note No 26Revised (June 2006)
It is recognised that in order to be considered competent to carry out riskassessment training will be necessary.Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at work Regulations1999, requires that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment is carried out.The general principles are to:
identify the hazards
decide who might be harmed
evaluate the risks
decide whether existing controls are adequate
record findings
review assessment and revise if necessaryDefinitions:
Something with the potential to cause harm. (
this can include substances or machines, methods of work and other aspects of work organisation
The likelihood that the harm from a particular hazard is realised. The extent of risk covers the population which might be affected by a risk and that risktherefore reflects both the likelihood that harm will be caused and its severity.The risk assessment process needs to take account of the views of thoseinvolved in the activity being assessed.A risk assessment should:
ensure significant risks and hazards are addressed
ensure all aspects of the work activity are reviewed
take account of non - routine operations e.g. maintenance, cleaningoperations etc.
be systematic identifying hazards and looking at risks
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take account of the way work is being organised and the effects thiscan have on health
take account of the risks to visitors and contractors
account should be taken of women of child bearing age whencarrying out risk assessments and identify the preventive and protectivemeasures that are required.
Control Measures
When considering what control measures are required the following steps canbe used in ranking order:
eliminate the risk
substitution (
replacing existing chemical/substance with a safer alternative
prevention (
the use of fixed guards etc.
safe system of work
written working procedures
information, instruction and training
PPE (personal protective equipment)It may be necessary to combined several control methods in order to reducethe risks to an acceptable level.Note: PPE should only be used as a last resort after considering all other control methods. PPE can also be used to protect against any residual risksthat remain after other control methods have been employed.
 Attached is revised General Risk Assessment Form.
For further information about risk assessment and risk assessment procedurescontact the University Health and Safety Advisor on ext.6103 or emaile.pirie@arts.ac.uk 
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Guidance for use with general risk assessment form
This guidance relates to the boxes that make up the general risk assessmentform. Each box is numberedBox 1
The Identification code is assigned by the person completing the form andis simply an identification code to improve record keeping.
The review date should be set immediately after the first additional controlmeasure should have been completed. If there are no additional controlmeasures the review date should be between 6-18 months after the lastone. Frequency will depend on the risk level and likelihood that a task willchange.Box 2
A description should be as comprehensive as possible. A comprehensivedescription will cut down the need to repeat the risk assessment for different conditions and prompt the assessor when identifying risks. Adescription should include the following:
People involved
Equipment used
Time and place, including any foreseeable variations in conditions e.g.weather, light level, physical environment
Substances used
Substances generated, including waste products
Descriptions can be narrative or bullet point
They should reflect what actually happens rather than what should happenif everything is perfect.Box 3A comprehensive description in box 2 will have highlighted the hazards andrisk. They should be summarised here.
A hazard is something with the potential to do harm i.e. working at height,electricity, radiation, and deep water.
A risk is the likelihood of that harm occurring. The matrix below can beused to determine the level of risk and guide required actions.
If there is more than one significant hazard there will probably be more thanone risk rating, this should be indicated in the second columnBox 4
Existing controls should be listed. They should be considered whenassessing the risks involved in carrying out a task.
If a control measure is in place but is not effective it should be noted here.Control measures might be ineffective for a number of reasons for example;
They might be awkward and therefore ignored by staff, often true of PPE.
They might make the job more complicated and time consuming
Staff supervision is poor and the enforcement of control measureslacking.

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