Do I Need to List Every Substance on the Premises?

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.

Back to News

Testimonials

Northern Accountants

Sarah and the team at Quest have provided us HR support since January 2013.

Quest Consulting Services provided us with a comprehensive employment structure with contacts and a handbook and have been on hand to help me deal with the occasional issue I have faced with team members through their telephone support service.

As our personal Consultant, Sarah provides a quality, professional and complete service which is great value for money.

Northern Accountants

Off Limits Corporate Events

Sarah has transformed our HR and has introduced systems that have taken lots of hassle away from staffing issues within our company.

We have worked with Sarah and her team for 5 years and in this time our business has grown considerably. With telephone support available for all our Managers as they need it plus Sarah and her team proactively keeping us updated on changes in legislation we are reassured that we are in safe hands.

The HR software that Quest implemented also helps us keep on top of the routine aspects of HR such as holiday bookings, recording absence, holding personnel records which then allows Sarah and her team easy access to give us relevant advice.

Our Managers have also benefited from workshops run by Sarah to help develop their skills on handling issues such as disciplinary, appraisals, recruitment etc….

The support of Quest is invaluable and provides a much more cost effective solution than employing a HR Manager in house.

Off Limits Corporate Events

10 Associates

Why would anybody NOT have Sarah working 'alongside' their business?

I've known Sarah for many years and she's always been there for me and the business when her wealth of knowledge has been called upon.

We have used Sarah and her team to handle our contracts, handbook and Health & Safety and they are readily available on the telephone when needed or on site at our premises.

Highly recommended.

10 Associates

Facebook Posts

Latest Tweets

Latest News

Why do health and safety inductions? As an employer you have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of your employees. Besides the usual...

Read more >