SoMakeIt Risk Assessment

Date of Assessment01/10/21Version1.0
ActivityHealth and Safety General Risk Assessment
Details of activityDay to day use of SoMakeIt
Induction / Role Required 
Form completed byChris Nash 
  • This risk assessment is intended to provide guidance on the risk associated with the above equipment and activities in normal use.
  • Please also check general risk assessments for the area within which this equipment or activity is based.
  • Any discrepancies, errors or concerns should be raised with the document authors, area specialists (e.g. admins, superusers) or trustees.

Understanding Risk Rating:

Risk RatingAction
LOWEnsure current control measures are in place and continue with activity
MEDControl measures may be adequate, co-supervision is recommended
HIGHDo not undertake activity without further consultation with area specialists

Risk Assessment

Identify HazardsWho may be harmed and howSeverityControl MeasuresLikelihoodRisk Rating
Something with the potential to cause harmUsers, bystanders or particular at risk groupsLow / Medium / HighWhat is in place to reduce the harm or likelihood.Low / Medium / High
Hazardous SubstancesUsers – burns, skin irritation, drowsiness, eye irritation.MED    See COSHH Risk assessment  LOW        LOW
Fumes/dust inhalationUsers of tools, users of the space – Eye and skin irritation or breathing difficulties/respiratory damage MED      Dust extractors should be fitted to all bench tools with extraction available   Dust extraction should be used in the area near the tool if extractor fitting is not available.   Respiration masks (provided by member) should be worn when dust extractors are not feasible to use e.g. extended periods of sanding.  Eye protection provided   Dust masks provided. Workshop extraction is provided and should be used. See COSHH risk assessment for any fumes due to use of chemicalsLOW      LOW
FireUsers, PremisesHIGH    See Fire risk assessment and evacuation procedureLOW        MED    
Electrics – Portable appliancesUsers – electrical shock or burnsHIGH      Visual inspection before each use. If visual inspection is unsatisfactory, problem will be labelled and appliance will be placed in the maintenance box immediately.  Yearly PAT testing. This will be recorded on tool inventory and maintenance file.   Plug appliances into mains wall sockets wherever feasible. Follow instructions and labels on appliances for safe use. Do not plug in more than 13 amps combined to any extension lead.LOW      MED      
Use of bench tools – Lathe, table saw, mitre saw etc.Users and bystanders – Serious physical harmHIGH  Users will read the risk assessment for each bench tool they wish to use.   Users will be competent to use the tool.   Users will read workshop induction which includes accessing the risk assessments and expectations of users.LOW        MED
Use of power tools – Drills, compressors, jigsawUsers and bystanders – Physical harmMED      Users will be competent to use the tool.  Members will challenge any use seen as dangerous. Users will ask for information and/or supervision if they are not sure how to use a tool. Users will wear ear protection where necessary.   Users will wear eye protection while in the workshop.LOW              LOW
Slips and trips    Users – Physical harmMED    All spills will be cleaned up immediately. All spills and wet areas will be marked immediately. Floors will be vacuumed, swept or mopped on a frequent basis. All high traffic areas will be kept free of obstacles and materials. Projects will always be stored away from walkways and access points. Trailing leads will be covered using cable trays or clearly marked.LOWLOW
Lone WorkingUsers – physical harmHIGH    PPE provided. First aid equipment provided. Fire control measures in place. Good housekeeping adhered to.  Regular lone workers are aware of accident recording and reporting processes. SoMakeIt phone will be kept with lone workers at all times. Lone workers are competent on the tools they use.LOWMED