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Edged Tools – knives

MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK REGULATIONS 1999

GENERAL RISK ASSESSMENT

DEPARTMENT
REF NO.
RA 21

TASK/OPERATION BEING ASSESSED
EDGED TOOLS

PURPOSE/METHOD OF WORK

This assessment covers the use of any edged tool or utensil.
More specifically, this refers to knives.

SPECIFIC LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS

LEVEL OF SKILL/TRAINING REQUIRED
Health & Safety at Work etc. Act
Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations
Electricity at Work Regulations
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations

On the job training.
Training records to be signed off by supervisor.

CHEMICALS/MATERIALS INVOLVED HSC NO. ASSESSMENT DATE SPECIFIC WORK EQUIPMENT PROVIDED

Variety of edged tools, including all knives.

MAIN HAZARDS IDENTIFIED
WHO WILL BE AFFECTED
CONTROL MEASURES TO REDUCE THE RISK

Sharp Implements

All staff

Knives should be kept sharp, and have secured handles.
Sharp knives or scissors should not be given to clients.
Ensure that the correct size and type of knife is used.
Do not leave knives lying on the work surfaces or tables.
Knives should be washed immediately after use and returned to safe storage, preferably in protective sheaths.
Do not allow knives to be covered up or placed in sinks.
When carrying sharp tools, always do so with the point downwards.
Do not use knives to puncture cans etc.
Always use the correct chopping board or block. Chopping boards and blocks must be placed securely on a firm work surface.
Cutting movements must always be away from the body and downwards onto the chopping board.
Do not spike meat with a knife to drag it within easier reach.
Ensure that there are no metal hooks or skewers in meat and that no knives are left on the block during the chopping/cutting operation.

MANUAL HANDLING RISK

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

Has a manual handling risk been identified? NO

Is the risk considered to be Low

Is a further detailed assessment required? NO

Gloves
Aprons

If the answer to the above question is YES a separate manual handling assessment will be required to fulfil the requirements of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.

Is training and instruction required NO

Is there need for special accommodation NO

Is there need for test/examination NO

Is all P. P. E. compatible YES

FREQUENCY OF MONITORING

ASSESSMENT REVIEW PERIOD

N/A
3 Months
6 Months
1 Year
> 1 Year

< 1 Year
2 Years
3 Years
4 Years
> 4 Years

 

Title: Edged tools – knives
Prepared by: The Management Team
Issue/review date: January 2018
Review date: January 2019
Status: Approved – Care Home Manager

February 6, 2018

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