Risk Assessments

A Risk Assessment is a structured process of evaluating the potential risks that may be involved in any activity undertaken at work.

As Risk Assessments are a legal requirement for every employer it is imperative that all areas of risk within your business have been eliminated, reduced, isolated and controlled by:

  • Reviewing your hazards
  • Determining your level of risk
  • Enhancing your current health and safety arrangements

What are the benefits of Risk Assessments?

  • They can help you to run your business safely
  • Reduce the risk of accidents
  • Improve morale
  • Enhance your safety culture
  • have a direct positive effect on your bottom line

By identifying what activities, substances, machinery, etc could cause harm and who to, you can then decide if you are doing enough to control that harm. Sometimes it may mean removing the harm completely, such as noxious fumes, other times it may mean a combination of guards, safe systems, training and protective equipment, such as when using machinery.

Choosing Agility as your Health and Safety advisor enables you to outsource your Risk Assessments, while allowing you to concentrate on the day-to-day running of your business.

Dust and Fume Risk Assessments

(Sometimes referred to as dust and fume sampling)

What does the law require?

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) Regulations require employers to prevent worker exposure to hazardous substances or, where this is not reasonably practicable, to ensure adequate control. 

 Examples include: 

  • Solder fumes 
  • Welding fumes 
  • Wood dust 
  • Diesel fumes 
  • Silica in sand  
  • Cement 

Employees are required to make full and proper use of the control measures provided and to report any defects in them promptly to their employer. 

To assess the risks from exposure to dust and fumes you need answers to the following questions: 

  • Who is exposed and to what? 
  • To how much and for how long? 
  • From where? 
  • How are dust and fumes controlled? 

How can we help? 

We can carry out a dust risk assessment, and/or a fume risk assessment by taking samples from your premises, these are then sent off to a lab for analysis. From these results and our observations, we will provide a report of findings with recommendations for making your workplace a safer place.