This is a paper that is focusing on The Southern Heavy Industries hazard identification and control. The paper also requires discussion on the control measures to put in place for safety.
The Southern Heavy Industries hazard identification and control
Health and safety in the workplace is about measures designed to protect the health and safety of employees, visitors and the general public who may be affected by workplace activities. Safety measures are concerned with controlling and also reducing risks to anyone who might be affected by these activities.
You have been appointed junior engineer in a large firm which advises clients on health and safety issues. You need to be able to identify hazards in the workplace, find control measures to reduce risk and also carry out a full risk assessment of the workplace.
Carry out the following tasks as part of your responsibilities. You may use a word processing package. Pay attention to your spellings and grammar and use paragraphs of the appropriate length.
Task 1: Part A) P3
Southern Heavy Industries Ltd., (SHI) is an engineering company operating in the manufacturing sector. The workers use large workshops and operate a wide range of heavy machinery e.g. lathes/drilling machines, hydraulic forging presses, roll forming machinery, etc.
The company produces nuts and bolts, screw fasteners and sheet metal for industry.
Describe how hazards within this workplace can be identified and controlled, ie. methods used: e.g. statements, use of accident data.
Describe how hazards within the working environment can be identified and controlled: e.g. confined spaces, noise.
Task 1: Part B) P4
There are different hazards which can become risks, present in the working environment of SHI:
1. Firstly, identification of trivial or significant risk.
2. Secondly, potential to cause harm.
3. Thirdly, choosing appropriate control measures.
4. Fourthly, electrical safety: effects of electricity on the body.
5. Also, mechanical safety: sharp edges.
6. Safety devices: sensors, e.g. for fire alarms.
Describe the control measures that could be put in place to ensure hazards which become risks are safely controlled.
Task 1: Part C) M3
Describe in detail how four different control measures are used to prevent accidents in the workplace of SHI, in task 1 part A, e.g. guards fitted to machines, safety signs, safety training, electrical fuses.
(Word count 500)
The Southern Heavy Industries hazard discussion
Task 2: Part A) P5
Carry out a risk assessment (RA) on:
1. Items/ area to be assessed: working area.
1. Include 5 steps of the RA: five steps (principal hazards, who is likely to be injured/harmed, evaluate the risks and also decide on adequacy of precautions, recording findings, review assessment).
Record all your findings (as 4 possible hazards) by completing the provided standard risk assessment form.
Task 2: Part B) P6
Suggest 5 suitable control measures from the list below, after the risk assessment in task 2 part A has been completed.
Use of control measures: e.g. remove need (design out), use of recognised procedures, substances control, guarding, lifting assessments and manual handling assessments, regular inspection, use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), training of personnel, other personal procedures for health, safety and welfare.
State reasons why your 5 chosen control measures are suitable.
Task 2: Part C) M2
With reference to SHI in task 1 part A, give examples and describe in detail the reasons why it is important to carry out all parts of a risk assessment and the consequences that could result from failure to do so e.g. identifying a hazard but not selecting suitable control measures or failing to put them into place.
(Word count 500)
Task 3: D1
Hazards are everyday occurrences in an engineering environment; which may be reduced/prevented and also are often avoidable.
With reference to SHI in task 1 part A, justify the methods used to deal with hazards in accordance with workplace policies and also legal requirements. (Word count 700).
These tasks provide evidence for criterions P3, P4, P5, P6, M2, M3, D1.