straight forward health and safty advice
Any work that is unfamiliar should be regarded as potentially of high risk
Carrying out a comprehensive Risk Assessment will show if the task is within your capabilities and
resources. If there is any doubt, seek professional advice about the work.
Do not allow anybody to undertake any work that may be a risk to themselves, or to others, until
they have been trained and have satisfied a competent person of their
ability to perform the work safely and efficiently.
Some work is obviously of a much higher risk. For example, work that is
carried out at high level, or on a roof, is usually considered to be a high risk
activity where special precautions are needed.
Likewise, working in a confined space requires special attention. A confined space can be any
space that is enclosed, where there is a risk of death or serious injury from hazardous substances
or dangerous conditions, e.g. lack of oxygen, poisoning, explosion or fire.
The handling and storing of certain types of chemicals may also present a high risk to the person
doing the task and may cause damage to the environment if spilt.
Some confined spaces are easy to identify,
e.g. enclosures with limited openings:
Others are less obvious, but can be equally
dangerous, for example:
combustion chambers in furnaces, etc;
unventilated or poorly ventilated rooms.