Risk assessment is the method of assessing the potential harm that can occur from a specifically identified hazard and ensuring risk reduction measures are identified to reduce the potential for harm to occur.
There is an obligation under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, to undertake risk assessments to ensure the safety of your employees and anyone who may be affected by your activities. As well as general risk assessments, certain regulations require a specific type of risk assessments to be undertaken. Here at Collingwood Safety, we have extensive experience in a range of risk assessments
Task Risk Assessments
We can assist you in undertaking task-based risk assessments for the jobs that your employees are required to complete. This will assist in identifying further risk reduction measures and the development of suitable quality Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and further risk reduction.
Risk matrices are calibrated using the HSE’s R2P2 (Reducing Risk, Protecting People) guidance document, in terms of tolerability of risk.
The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002, is the UK’s implementation of the ATEX directives and relate to assessing the risk of fire and explosions from flammable liquids and gases, but also from combustible dusts. As well as potentially hazardous energetic reactions and events.
Whilst, most believe this is only related to the process industry, many businesses work with flammable substances, such as solvents, LPG and combustible dusts such as wood dust.
If your process uses any flammable or combustible substances, then a DSEAR assessment is required. Collingwood Safety can assist you in this assessment and undertake a Hazardous Area Classification to recognised international standard, if required.
The Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations (CEMFAW) 2016, places an obligation on employers to assess the exposure of their employees to electromagnetic fields.
All electrical equipment will produce electromagnetic fields to some degree.
In general, assessment is not an arduous task, although the level of knowledge and understanding, as well as competent advice, available continues to develop. However, where there are vulnerable persons, then a more detailed assessment may be required.
We will explain in easy terms what is required for your organisation to comply with these regulations and where necessary undertake a site survey of equipment that may pose a particular risk.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002 require an employer require an employer to assess and reduce the potential harm that may occur with working with hazardous substances. This mainly includes chemicals, but also diseases and bacteria.
Our consultants, include Industrial Chemists, who have been undertaking COSHH assessments since the original regulations came into force some 30 years ago. As such we can assess your compliance with the regulations and develop an improvement plan where required. We can also provide related training for your employees.
Legionella Risk Assessments
Legionella is a specific hazard that exists in water systems. Due to the seriousness nature of this bacteria, there is specific guidance (L8) from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on controlling Legionella. Although it specifically falls within the COSHH regulations.
Where you are in control of and responsible for premises which have hot and cold-water systems and processes which use hot and cold water, then a specific Legionella risk assessment is required.
As an independent organisation, we can undertake completely unbiased risk assessments. We have no affiliation to any water treatment companies, although we do have contacts within a number of those we have the utmost faith in as to their competence.
Fire Risk Assessment
Unfortunately, fires do happen. However, by reviewing your prevention, detection and mitigation measures we can provide advice and guidance to ensure that no one comes to harm should a fire occur.
Collingwood Safety, can undertake Fire Risk Assessments and Fire Safety Audits of your premises and in doing so ensure that your organisation complies with its statutory duties under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Our consultants are members of the Fire Protection Association.
Human Factors Task Analysis
The high-risk industries, such as Nuclear and Aviation industries have recognised, for a very long time that one of the main contributing factors to many accidents is human failure. As such various methodologies have developed based on studies into human behaviour and human error.
Human Reliability Assessments (HRA’s), a type of Human HAZOP, are used to assess the potential for human error in safely undertaking critical tasks that must be undertaken correctly to ensure the continued safe operation of your site.
Our consultants have considerable proven experience in identifying safety critical tasks and undertaking task analysis, to recognised and accepted best practice, of both the tasks and associated procedures. Our Human Factors specialist consutlant is a professional member of The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, as recommended by the HSE.
““Collingwood Safety’s expertise and experience has been highly valuable in not only maintaining but improving standards in our COMAH upper tier establishment.” ”
Graeme Stewart, Health and Safety Manager, Prefere Resins (UK) Ltd