After you have carried out a general risk assessment you will need to also consider more specific hazards:
1. Chemicals and hazardous substances
Using chemicals or other hazardous substances such as biological agents at work can cause health effects such as dermatitis, asthma or infection. The Control of Substances Hazardous to health Regulations require employers to control the use of and exposure to such substances.
If you are unsure please call the HSE's information line on 0845 345 0055
There is no set maximum weight that a person can lift at work. If there is a risk of injury to employees from workplace manual handling activities then an
assessment is needed to reduce the risk of injury to the lowest level possible. As well as lifting this also includes carrying, lowering, pushing, pulling and
moving items. The HSE have produced a Manual handling assessment chart (MAC Tool) (external site) to help you with these
2. Safe environment
The workplace and equipment must be maintained and in good repair, toilets and washing facilities must be provided. Drinking water must be available and
lighting and temperature must be reasonable and comfortable.
Number of people at work
Number of water closets
Number of wash stations
1 to 5
6 to 25
26 to 50
51 to 75
76 to 100
3. Work related stress
Stress at work is a major issue. Ill health resulting from stress at work is treated the same as any other work related injury. Employees therefore need to consider stress when assessing possible health hazards associated with the workplace.
The Better Health at Work Team offer a free, confidential advice service on this issue and training for managers and employees on how to deal with stress in the workplace. Visit the Better Health at Work website (external site)
The Health and Safety Executive offer a wide selection of publications containing advice and guidance for employers and workers, most of which can be downloaded for free at HSE publications (external site)
If you would like further advice regarding health and safety in your workplace or want to make a complaint about your working conditions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing 01484 226450