Initial Assessment / Overview Risk Assessment (College/Departmental Level)
Before you can really be sure how best to manage health and safety within your College or Department you must know what your risks are and how these are currently controlled. If you are unsure how to carry out a risk assessment, Health and Safety Services can help you and / or provide risk assessment training.
How can you manage what you don't know you have?
An initial or periodic assessment of health and safety risks needs to consider the whole of you College / Department and must identify your key hazards (dangers) and identify whether the risks are generally being controlled. Each College / Department is very different but below are some pointers as to what 'subjects' should be assessed by an initial review.
- Electrical Safety
- Biological Agents safety
- Computer workstations
- Genetic Manipulation (GM)
- Violence and intimidation at work & personal safety
- Radiations; Ionising, X-Rays, UV, Microwaves
- Vehicles and drivers
- Laser Safety and Laser by-products
- Storage, slips, trips and falls
- Chemicals and Chemical by-products
- Overseas travel
- Glassware safety
- Student Workplacement
- Teratogenic and Mutagenic Agents
- Staff working on other employer premises
- Visiting academics and similar staff
- Emergency Procedures
- Control of contractors
- Provision of Information and Specialist Training
- Research work, project work and teaching activities
- Working at Heights
- Visitors and Children
- Handling of specialist gases and cylinders
- Field Trips
- Security of critical products and areas (radiation sources, biological hazards, etc.)
- Staff and student health and safety training
- Hazardous Waste disposal
- Emergency First Aid provision
- Manual Handling tasks
- New and Expectant Mothers
- Protective Equipment; gloves, eye protection, laboratory coats etc.
- Stress and Ill-health absenteeism
- Accident and Incident Investigation
The HSE website is an excellent source of Template Risk Assessments to give you an idea what you should be writing HSE.