Risk assessments

Most people need to do them and some people think that they are a bit of a pain. We’re going to simplify the process for you.

So it’s that time again, risk assessment time. There are five basic principles that you need to follow.

Firstly, decide on the hazard associated with the activity that you’re doing.

Secondly, decide the risk associated with that hazard and also who is at risk.

Thirdly, you need to put some control measures in place.

Fourth, you need to think about the likelihood of it happening with those control measures in place, and lastly, you need to think about the severity, so if it did happen how severe the accident would be.

So it really is a straightforward process. If you’ve got any questions or need any help, please pick up the phone. We’re always happy to help you.


So, what is dust?

Dust is tiny dry particles, which enter the air particularly when working in industry carrying out tasks such as sanding, drilling, demolition and cutting. The health risk isn’t always that obvious as the particle which does the most damage is not always visible to the naked eye. Health effects from dust can also take years to develop and can cause problems such as respiratory issues, skin irritation and lung cancer.

So how do you minimise the exposure?

Eliminate the dust by using different cutting measures or by using wet cutting if possible. Use less toxic materials. Use dust suppressed materials rather than mixing dry. Use a ventilation system and provide all employees with the correct PPE. Carry out a COSHH assessment on dust to control the exposure.

There are many more ways to control dust and further guidance is available. If you need any help give us a call.

Face fit testing

Dust masks and half mask respirators can’t protect the wearer if they leak.

If there are gaps around the edges or if you have facial hair, dirty air can pass through these gaps and into your lungs.

If you are clean shaven and have a correctly fitted mask, you will breathe clean air into your lungs, keeping you healthy.

Craven Safety Services offer face fit testing to help you ensure you stay healthy. Prices and further details are available on our website, so book your face fit test today.

Are you a forestry worker? Do you operate forest machinery?

If you do you need to make a practical assessment and gain the right qualifications to use them safely, including the use of quad bikes.

You need to make sure there’s enough trained first aiders and facilities on site to treat casualties immediately.

Are you spraying pesticides?

These can cause skin and respiratory problems and if you’re spraying, you need to be trained and competent to do the task.

So landowner’s responsibility – you need to coordinate the activities of the forest environment for health and safety and finding out the hazards, and pass this onto others.

Remember for any activities, plan the task properly and make sure anybody that’s affected is told about it.