Risk assessment is the key to successful management of health and safety at work. Risk assessments are carried out in order to quantify and evaluate the significance of workplace hazards so that appropriate control measures can be put in place.
Usually, a written record of the assessment is required, detailing the following information:
* The hazards – and how much risk is associated.
* The risk – with appropriate control measures.
* Deadlines – to follow-up the risk assessment to ensure the risk is managed.
Failure to carry out risk assessments – punishable by law – is often due to lack of a suitable risk assessment system. Tolley’s Risk Assessment Workbook – Retail provides that system, both in the form of key background information on how to carry out a risk assessment – understanding relevant legislation and regulations – but most importantly by providing:
* Checklists – highlighting key industry-specific hazards and control measures.
* Questionnaires – highlighting key questions the risk assessor should ask when analysing the risk posed by the hazard.
* Action Plans – to ensure the risk assessment is followed up and completed.
The Workbook offers a practical risk assessment system: it shows you how to comply with the law and gives you the foundations of a logical procedure that can be understood easily, put into placed quickly where necessary and adapted to your organisation’s needs.
Tolley’s Risk Assessment Workbooks is a series of practical Workbooks providing you with all the information you need to conduct risk assessments in industry-specific areas including: Manufacturing, Leisure, Education, Offices, Construction, and Utilities. A special Risk Assessment Workbook on Stress has also been developed in order to facilitate management of this issue which is of key concern to all organisations.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Terminology; Control measures; Putting it all together; Rating the risks.
Overview of the law regarding risk assessment: Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974; Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999; Specific risk assessment legislation summaries; The need to comply; Table of legislation; Guidance material.
How to use the workbook and methodology: Essential steps in risk assessment; Action Plan; Special cases – stress; Special cases – fire; Legal summary.
Risk assessment – the action plan.
Risk Assessment in the Retail Industry:
Risk assessment requirements: Industry guidelines; Industry point of view; Industry anomalies.
Terminology: Industry specific.
Overview of the law regarding risk assessment: Application of Legislation in the retail industry.
Examples of good and bad practice (case studies): Department store; Supermarket; Garden centre; Petrol station; Butchers; Corner shop.
How to use the workbook and risk assessment methodology: Sample retail company; Worked example.
Useful information: Legislation; Reports; Booklets; Useful addresses.
Checklists, questionnaires and action plans:
Contractors and concessions.
Display of merchandise.
Doors, manual and automatic.
Electric sockets, light fittings and switches.
Emergency action plan.
Portable workplace equipment.
Sale of knives.
Sale of solvents.
Staff health and safety training.
Steps in old buildings.
Storage of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), Calor Gas or similar.
Temperature and ventilation.
Toilets and washing facilities.
Transport (cars and vans).
Waste skips for waste food.
Waste skips (general).
Work equipment – circular saw, meat slicer, etc.
Young people (16-18).