Are you unsure of what Risk Assessments must be carried out for your construction work? HBXL Building Software have provided a quick breakdown to make sure all builders and developers are aware of their obligations. Not only that but with Health & Safety Xpert 2017, builders can produce all the required construction Risk Assessments for their building projects in minutes, with minimal effort! We are also offering a free construction risk assessment template to get you started. All the information about RA’s is below. Read on or give us a call to find out everything you need to know- 0117 9167898.
Under the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulation 1999, (clarifying what employers are required to do to manage health and safety under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974) every employer is required to carry out suitable & sufficient Risk Assessments. Moreover, a workplace including 5 or more employees require recordings of the significant findings.
Young people (under 18) must be protected at work from risks to their health & safety that are the result of lack of experience, or absence of awareness of existing or potential risks or because they have not fully matured. Risks to young people must be given careful consideration in your construction Risk Assessments.
Specifically in relation to construction, the Construction (Design & Management) Regulation 2015 requires that risks are properly assessed and steps are taken to avoid or reduce them so far as is reasonably practicable.
Risk Assessment is an essential part of complying with the following regulations to determine a safe system of work.
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002
- Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2012
- Confined Spaces Regulation 1997
- Work at Height Regulations 2005
- Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
- Personal Protective equipment at Work [PPE] Regulations 1992 (Amended 1996)
- Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
- Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
Use the Risk Assessment included in with Health & Safety Xpert® to help you properly assess the risks on your sites and record what measures you have taken to avoid and reduce them. It is important to file these records so that an inspector can access it if necessary.
You can also use the blank Risk Assessment included with Health & Safety Xpert® to create your own additional construction Risk Assessments for high risk activities if required. (Method Statements need only be completed when there are unforeseen, unplanned or specialist activities on site which are not covered by relevant risk assessments. Method Statements are site-specific and can only be completed by a trained, experienced and competent person. Method Statements must be completed on site.)
Acknowledgement of construction Risk Assessments
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 describes the general duties that employers have towards their employees and to members of the public. This regulation includes:
- The health and safety of people at work
- Protection of other people affected by work activities
- The control of risks to health and safety from articles and substances at work
- The control of some atmospheric emissions
The Construction (Design & Management) Regulation 2015 requires that risks are properly assessed. As well as, you can take steps to avoid or reduce them so far as is reasonably practicable.
Use the Acknowledgment of Risk Assessments to confirm that all relevant persons working on the project have seen and understood any and all risk assessments that have been carried out. It is important to file these records so that an inspector can access it if necessary.
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Thus, Construction Risk Assessments are essential to managing a safe site and avoiding HSE intervention. But they are not hard to produce and don’t require too much time. That is only as long as you have Health & Safety Xpert from HBXL Building Software. Give us a call on 0117 9167898 or drop us an email today! We’re happy to help you and your building company ensure site safety easily with health and safety software.