Risks and Hazards

By | April 23, 2015

There are potential hazards in every workplace. Health and safety law states that; “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.” This means that every employer must perform an assessment of the risks in the workplace and put measures in place to protect all persons in the workplace, including both staff and the public.

This lesson will go deeper in to managing risks and performing effective risk assessments. It will also look into the personal protective equipment (PPE) that is available, and how to stay safe when working with equipment and machinery. Every worker has the right to work in a safe environment, and has the right to refuse to do anything that is putting them in harms way unnecessarily. This being said, it is also the responsibility of everyone in the work place to ensure the safety of themselves, their colleagues and any other visitors to the work place.

Read through the presentation then answer the questions below to test your knowledge. This lesson should take approximately 30 minutes, however you might want to take longer research some of the individual topics. You can revisit this lesson at any time.

Can you find all of the hazards in the picture below?

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Test your knowledge about risks, hazards and personal protective equipment

1. When should a risk assessment be undertaken


2. What should you do if your required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is getting old or damaged and is no longer fit for purpose?


3. What type of machine guards should immediately stop the machine and prevent it from operating when removed.


4. An obstruction in a walkway or fire exit is a…


5. The chance of a forklift hitting and knocking over storage racking is a…


6. Spilled liquids or chemicals are a…


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For more information about risk assessment, see the following links:

Health and Safety Executive: http://www.hse.gov.uk/

HSE risk assessment and template: http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/

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