Do I Need to List Every Substance on the Premises?
When performing risk assessments, you only need to consider substances or activities that pose a risk to employees or members of the public. This means that, if a substance does not pose a risk, it does not need to be considered when assessing risks.
Some substances are inherently dangerous and therefore require risk assessments regardless of the context in which they are used, but in many cases, whether a substance poses a risk or not depends highly on the working environment. For example, water is a non-toxic substance, but in cases where an industrial process uses hot water, risk assessments should be performed for both the hot water and the steam it produces. In industries where employees encounter exposed wiring, even cold water will need a risk assessment due to the risk of electrical conduction causing harm to employees.
Because the risks posed depends highly on the nature of any given business, the list of dangerous substances can vary wildly from business to business and can often feature seemingly harmless substances.
If you are unsure of which substances require a risk assessment, please read our blog ‘How Do I Know If A Substance Needs A Risk Assessment?’. For more information on risk assessments or to book a Free Review of your Health & Safety arrangements, please call Steve on 0844 8797286.
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