When working with hazardous substances or chemicals, it is especially important to effectively complete risk assessments. One way to help in this area is to complete a risk assessment checklist before beginning any high risk construction work.
A hazardous substances risk assessment is a useful component of safe operating procedures but risk assessment checklists are a great way to double check any workplace precautions. This is beneficial due to the increased risks in construction presented by the potential long-term health effects of exposure to hazardous substances.
The below is a risk management checklist based on the codes of practices for managing risks of hazardous chemicals.
1: Does a risk assessment need to be carried out?
2: Has it been decided who will carry out the risk assessment?
3a: Have all the hazardous chemicals in the workplace been identified?
3b: Has a hazardous chemical register been produced?
· A register is a list of hazardous substances, accompanied by a safety data sheet, and easily accessed by all duty holders
4: Has information about the hazardous chemical been identified?
5a: Have other previous relevant records, including risk assessments, been checked?
· If yes: have any specific hazardous substances been assessed as high risk?
6: Does the hazardous substance have any health hazards?
7: Does the hazardous substance have any physicochemical hazards?
8: Does the hazardous substance have an exposure stands?
9: Do workers involved in the work related to hazardous substances require health monitoring?
· Refer to Part 7.1, Div. 6 and Schedule 14 of the WHS Regulation 2011
10: Is there a potential for workers to be exposed to hazardous substances at the workplace including by-products and waste?
· Consider these questions:
o Is the substance released into the work area’s atmosphere?
o Are people located in the immediate vicinity?
o How long are workers exposed for?
o Are there risks involved in the storage and/or transportation of the hazardous substance?
11: Are the controls measures specified in the risk assessment effective in controlling hazards and reviewed regularly?
12: Are risks not significant, significant but adequately controlled, significant but not adequately controlled or uncertain?
13: Have any actionable safety procedures been conducted as a result of question 12?
14: Has the risk assessment been recorded for future reference?