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Essential Documents for Risk Assessments (PDF)

A Tips & Advice book about... 

In a nutshell

This hands-on book helps you carry out effective risk assessments that satisfy all the legal requirements. Use it to keep everyone safe and your business protected, all at a low cost.

In detail

This book shows you what a risk assessment should look like. It's full of forms and guidance that simplify the risk assessment process. For numerous workplace scenarios, it analyses:

  • Who's at risk
  • What are the significant hazards
  • What' is the likelihood, severity and degree of the risk
  • Which control measures you can implement
  • What is the residual risk after implementing control measures

You can easily customise content to suit your own workplace. Plus, you'll benefit from a complementary online service to immediately put these documents to good use. Handy, user-friendly and quick.

We've created this Tips & Advice book especially for... 

Business owners and managers, health and safety staff that want to:

  • Cost-effectively manage the risks in their business
  • Comply with the current legislation
  • Keep everyone safe without cutting corners

Health and safety consultants that want to:

  • Have a stack of risk assessments readily available

This new edition has been updated with new documents dealing with… 

  • Quick risk prediction
  • Volunteers
  • Working with collaborative robots
  • Safe use of circular saws
  • Using electric powered pallet trucks
  • Ergonomics
  • Personal risk

You'll get the following free extras with this Tips & Advice book... 

An online service with ready-to-use documents

  • To immediately apply our advice and solutions in practice
  • That you can easily adapt to suit your own requirements

In this Tips & Advice book you'll read about...


Section 1 - Task- based risk assesments

Chapter 1 - Chemicals

COSHH/DSEAR assessment - bleach

COSHH/DSEAR assessment - concrete

COSHH/DSEAR assessment - metalworking fluids

COSHH/DSEAR assessment - petrol and diesel

COSHH/DSEAR assessment - used motor and transmission oil

COSHH/DSEAR assessment record

Handling and storage of chemical substances

Liquid spillages

Preliminary COSHH assessment

Safe use of basic cleaning materials

Storage and handling of flammable liquids

Transporting small quantities of chemicals, paints and solvents

Use and storage of petrol

Work with lubricants and waste oils

Chapter 2 - Construction

Avoidance of buried services

Cabling in underfloor voids

Construction sites (access for visitors)

Cutting and preparing stone

Cutting holes in concrete and brickwork

Drilling asbestos cement sheets

Excavations on construction sites

Ground works - excavations

Insulating lofts with MMMF

Land survey work

Laying paving slabs and kerbs

Maintenance and repair of construction plant

Protecting the public from construction works

PV panel installation

Re-felting a flat roof

Removal of lead-based paints from doors and windows

Replacing a pitched tiled roof

Safe demolition of external walls

Safe erection and dismantling of tubular scaffolding

Safe erection of post and board fencing

Safe handling of scaffolding equipment

Safe tree felling

Safety in bricklaying

Safety in plastering work

Unloading vehicles on a construction site

Use of a bulldozer

Use of a dumper

Use of a mobile excavator

Use of a screener

Working from a fixed scaffold

Chapter 3 - General

Cleaning - general


First aid requirements

Lone working

Manual handling

Manual handling - team lifting

Occupational stress

Pregnant staff

Quick risk prediction

Risk assessment - blank

Risk assessment - guidance

Risk assessment audit

Risk assessment training record

Safety when handling cash

Site-specific risks

Using, collecting and disposing of sharps


Working out of hours

Young persons on work experience

Chapter 4 - Machinery

Cleaning vehicles using a pressure washer

Drilling holes into textured coatings

Machinery (blank)

Machinery maintenance

Replacing a CCTV camera

Safe use of a hand-held masonry saw

Safe use of a single-end tenoning machine

Safe use of angle grinders/cutters

Safe use of chainsaws

Safe use of circular saws

Safe use of electric drills

Safe use of garden equipment

Safe use of hand tools

Safe use of lathes

Safe use of metal cutting guillotines

Safe use of narrow band saws

Safe use of oxy-acetylene welding and cutting equipment

Safe use of pillar and bench mounted drills

Safe use of pneumatic tools

Safe use of pressure washers

Safe use of ride-on mowers

Safe use of roll cages

Safe use of site table saws

Use of a scissor lift

Use of a telehandler

Use of bitumen boilers

Using a floor buffing machine

Using a leaf blower

Using a vertical baling machine

Using bench-mounted abrasive wheels

Using cartridge-operated tools

Using pedestrian-operated pallet trucks


Working with collaborative robots

Workshop machinery operations

Young persons working in an engineering environment

Chapter 5 - Office

Cleaning business premises

Display screen equipment (DSE) - workstation assessment


General office duties

General office duties - staff under 18

General operations

Managing slips, trips and falls in an office environment

Office cleaning

Office manual handling

Office storage

Chapter 6 - Transport

Access to vehicles whilst loading/unloading

Changing wheels on vehicles

Charging fork lift truck batteries

Control of third party drivers on company premises

Driving at work

Fork lift truck operations

Loading and unloading of vehicles

Loading goods into cars

Safe management of grey fleet drivers

Safety for delivery drivers of vehicles up to 1,500kg (1.5 tonnes)

Using a non-integrated working platform on a fork lift truck

Using electric powered pallet trucks

Vehicle movements

Winter driving

Working in loading and unloading areas

Chapter 7 - Workplace

Changing electric lamps

Changing electric light fittings

Changing electric socket outlets

Cleaning in kitchens

Cleaning retail premises

Clearing up after a flood

Detailed assessment - lifting and carrying

Detailed assessment - pushing and pulling

Drinking water dispenser


External areas

Floor and wall tiling

General building maintenance

General building maintenance above ground level

General maintenance and gardening

Ground clearance

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP)

Holes in floors and excavations

Housekeeping and changing beds


Light duties

Manual handling of dead bodies

Mobile tower scaffolds


Painting and decorating

Plumbing and heating

Podium steps

Public safety


Safe removal and disposal of small amounts of asbestos-containing materials

Serving and preparing deli food and drink

Serving and preparing hot food

Slinging of loads

Slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips and falls in kitchens

Spray painting emulsion

Stockroom operations


Unblocking drains and pipes

Use of ladders

Use of stepladders

Using evacuation chairs

Violence against staff

Warehouse operations

Window cleaning

Working at height

Working on fragile roofs

Workplace winter precautions

Section 2 - Location- based risk assesments

Attendance at external events

Bar work

Call centres


Garages and workshops

Homeworkers - general

Outdoor event safety plan and risk assessment


School sports

School trips

Small conferences and seminars

Swimming pools - general

Visiting customer sites

Warehouses (general access for visitors)

Work near water

Working from home (office-based staff)

Working from home (sewing and ironing)

Working in confined spaces

Working in domestic premises

Working in laboratories

Working in LPG storage areas

Working in manholes

Working in plant and equipment rooms

Working in roof spaces

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