MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK REGULATIONS 1999
GENERAL RISK ASSESSMENT
TASK/OPERATION BEING ASSESSED
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
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
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
> 1 Year
< 1 Year
> 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