By R Gilbert
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Ensure that work at height is . . carried out in a manner which is, so far as reasonably practicable, safe’. We have balanced on the one hand the risks of cleaning the windows from ladders and on the other hand the cost of the alternatives that do not require working from ladders. Another example – if an employee is required to use a fixed grinder to dress work and if this machine emits sparks and small debris particles likely to hurt one’s eyes, then there is a risk. Provision of suitable eye protection would cost around £1–£5.
This advice will probably, and understandably, be conservative and cautious because they may at some future time be faced with the need to take strong action against or even prosecute the company or person they give the advice to. ’. It is better, however, to consider the particular compliance issue yourself, work out a plan of action that you believe will meet the requirements and then (if you are not sure) ask the enforcing authority for comment. This does not mean that you will ‘get away’ with not complying properly, but it should help you to arrive at a solution that you find practical and achievable in your situation.
Perhaps we should bear in mind these life practices and experiences when we look at the ‘formal risk assessment’ required by virtually all H&S regulations. Risk (Oxford Dictionary): the possibility of incurring misfortune or loss. 2 Risk – what do we mean? Before going further, let’s consider what we mean by risk. Crossing a not so busy straight road in daylight is not so risky; if it were, then we probably wouldn’t do it. Crossing a very busy road, near a bend, on a dark rainy night while wearing dark clothing and dark glasses is very risky – we don’t do it.
A Quick Guide to Health and Safety by R Gilbert