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GRINDING EQUIPMENT

RISK ASSESSMENT FORM

Location

Ravensbourne Building

Outline of risk assessment


Summary of what is proposed
Team members / experts /
contractors / etc.
List those involved

Using Grinding Equipment for cutting metal and concrete

Assessor

Name
Signature

Manager/Tutor

Name
Signature

Staff
Students
Incubatees
Dean Spratt
HSEQ Manager
Dean Spratt
HSEQ Manager

Date
completed

30/11/12

Date
completed

30/11/12

Hazard list select your hazards from the list below and use these to complete Part B
Situational Hazards
Assault by person
Over Crowding
Objects falling, moving or flying
Crush by load(s)
Working at Height (roof,
scaffolding, hoists, ladders, etc)
(Permit required)
Vehicle impact / collision /
pedestrians
Obstruction / exposed feature

Tick

Fire

Environmental Hazards
Litter
Nuisance noise / vibration
Physical damage
Substance released into air
Substance released into soil / water

Additional Hazards/Permits Required


(please list)
HOT WORK PERMIT TO BE
COMPLETED AND SIGNED OFF EACH
TIME THE EQUIPMENT IS USED

Stroboscopic Lights (flashing lights)

Confined Space (Permit required)


Machinery / Equipment (cranes,
hoists, electrical, tools etc)
Restriction by Work equipment or
PPE/RPE
Young Persons (under 18 years of
age)

Vibration

Noise (reading to be taken)

Smoke/Dust
Asbestos present (see Estates for
Asbestos Register)

Health Hazards

Tick

Disease/Infection
Lack of food/water

Tick

Physical fatigue (unusual working


patterns, night working, etc)
Static body posture (standing for long
periods)
Repetitive action
Stress
Extra medical issues adding further risk
(please list)

Risk Matrix use this to determine risk for each hazard i.e. how bad and how likely
Likelihood of Harm
Severity of Harm
Slight e.g. minor cuts and bruising, irritation, headaches, etc
Moderate e.g. deep cuts, burns, minor fractures, etc

Tick

Adverse Weather Conditions (outdoor


working)

Laser light (Class 1 or 2)

Manual Handling (separate


Assessment required)
Unsafe Ground conditions (loose
flooring, slippery, etc)
Overhead Obstructions (power
lines, cables, suspended ceilings)
Sharp object / material
Lone Working (Permit required)

Work at Height
DSE
COSHH (chemical substances)

Tick

Hazardous / Chemical substance


(separate Assessment required)
Hot or cold environment

Ergonomic risk due to lack of


space
Slip, Trips and Falls

Additional Assessments
Required
Manual Handling

Physical / Chemical Hazards


Contact with hot or cold liquid / vapour
Contact with hot or cold surface
Electric shock
Explosive blast
Explosive release of stored pressure

Unlikely

Possible

Probable

Very low

Low

Medium

Low

Medium

High

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Severe e.g. major fractures, poisonings, multiple & fatal injuries etc

Medium

High

Extremely high

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Activity - Using the Angle Grinder

Hazards

Location where this activity will take place: College wide


3

Who exposed

Risk Rating

List who might be harmed


from this activity esp. at risk
groups e.g. staff, public,
children, disabled, elderly
etc.

For each hazard, decide


level of risk as if you were to
do the activity without your
controls

Objects being cut falling


metal concrete falling onto feet

Estates Staff

Low

Sharp Object/material

Estates Staff

Medium

All sharp edges will be removed with grinder after immediate cut then filled to smooth finish
before handling.

Low

Machinery/Equipment
Electric hand tool

Estates Staff

Medium

Staff fully trained in safe use and handling. The equipment will be checked before each use
to ensure that there are no defects in the cable, casing, plug or cutting head.

Low

List what could cause harm from this activity


e.g. working at height, trip hazard, fire, etc.

Control measures
For each hazard, list the measures you will be taking to minimise the risk identified
e.g. appointing competent persons, training received, use of personal protective equipment, provision of
first aid, etc.

Staff will wear sensible shoes (preferably steel toe-capped)


Material will be secured both ends before cutting

Residual Risk
3
Rating
For each hazard, now
decide level of risk
once all your controls
are in place

V Low

Operator will ensure that there is plenty of room to move comfortably around the material
being worked on.
Guards will be never be removed and will be positioned into place before using
Fire
From sparks produced through cutting
Electric shock

Estates Staff
All Staff and Students

High

Work area assessed before using so that combustible materials can be removed. Suitable
fire extinguishing media will be to hand (carbon dioxide) to extinguish any electrical fires with
a water extinguisher used if clothing catches fire.

Low

Estates Staff

Medium

Power supply to be disconnected when changing any grinding attachments or discs. The
equipment will be checked before each use to ensure that there are no defects in the cable,
casing, plug or cutting head.

Low

Power cable will be kept clear of the moving parts at all times.
A Residual Current Device (RCD) will be used if using the grinder outside
Sight/Vibration/Noise/Dust

Estates Staff

Medium

Suitable gloves, goggles, ear defenders and dust mask will be worn when using the
equipment. Work to be of short duration and if extended regular breaks with finger exercises
used to help regulate blood supply in the fingers

Low

Repetitive Action/Physical Fatigue

Estates Staff

Medium

Work to be of short duration only and no more than 5 minutes at a time

Low

Continue on separate sheet if necessary


1 complete separate table for each activity

2 - from hazard list in Part A

3 - from risk matrix in Part A