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Risk Assessments

Processes and machinery in use in Faculty workshops are covered by risk assessments and where applicable COSHH assessments. These assessments are available in the workshops for consultation by users

Risk assessments will be required to cover installations and exhibitions in the faculty. A risk assessment is a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm. The aim is to make sure that no one gets hurt or becomes ill; remember that accidents and ill health can ruin lives. Risk assessment is a legal requirement, you need to decide if a hazard is significant and whether you have it covered by satisfactory precautions so that the risk is small.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) recommend that there are 5 steps to Risk Assessment:

  1. STEP 1: Look for the hazards
  2. STEP 2: Decide who might be harmed and how
  3. STEP 3: Evaluate the risks and decide whether the existing precautions are adequate or whether more should be done
  4. STEP 4: Record your findings
  5. STEP 5: Review your assessment and revise it if necessary

For further information please contact Marion Poulton, Technical Manager.


These generic risk assessment proforma can be downloaded on the MMU network.

doc icon The documents are in a Microsoft Word format.