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Cleaning Out and Unblocking Drains Risk Assessment

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  • Document Title: Cleaning Out and Unblocking Drains Risk Assessment
  • Method Statement No: A&S/RA/001
  • Revision Date: 31/03/2024
  • Prepared By: Alexander Ross
  • Checked By: Alexander Ross
  • Approved By: Alexander Ross

1. Purpose and Scope

This risk assessment document identifies potential hazards associated with the cleaning, unblocking, and repairing of drains using vacuum tankers, CCTV inspections, and high pressure jetting, aimed at ensuring the safety of operatives and the public, while also mitigating environmental impacts.

2. Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

2.1 Equipment and Material Use

  • Hazard: Injury from high-pressure jetting equipment.
  • Risk Level: High.
  • Control Measures: Ensure all operatives are trained on the safe use of high-pressure equipment. Use of appropriate PPE (gloves, safety glasses, protective footwear).

2.2 Manual Handling

  • Hazard: Musculoskeletal injuries from lifting heavy equipment.
  • Risk Level: Medium.
  • Control Measures: Training on proper lifting techniques. Use of mechanical aids where possible.

2.3 Chemical Exposure

  • Hazard: Exposure to harmful chemicals or biological agents.
  • Risk Level: Medium.
  • Control Measures: Use of PPE including gloves and face masks. Proper training on handling and disposal.

2.4 Working in Public Areas

  • Hazard: Risk to the public and operatives from equipment and operations.
  • Risk Level: High.
  • Control Measures: Implementation of barriers and warning signs. Designated safe walking routes.

2.5 Environmental Hazards

  • Hazard: Contamination of waterways from waste materials.
  • Risk Level: High.
  • Control Measures: Ensuring all waste is collected and disposed of according to environmental regulations. Use of containment measures for spill prevention.

3. Risk Evaluation and Control

For each identified hazard, the risk is evaluated based on the likelihood of occurrence and the potential impact. Control measures are then implemented to reduce the risk level to as low as reasonably practicable. Continuous monitoring and review of these measures are essential to adapt to any changes in the operational environment or in regulatory requirements.

4. Training and Competency

  • Requirement: All operatives involved in cleaning, unblocking, and repairing drains must undergo training in equipment use, safety procedures, and emergency response.
  • Verification: Regular competency assessments and refresher training to ensure skills and knowledge are up-to-date.

5. Emergency Procedures

  • Development: Establish clear procedures for handling emergencies, including injuries, chemical spills, and equipment failures.
  • Implementation: Ensure all team members are familiar with these procedures and can act swiftly and effectively in case of an emergency.

6. Record Keeping and Documentation

  • Documentation: Maintain records of risk assessments, training logs, incident reports, and safety meetings.
  • Review: Periodic review of all safety documentation to ensure compliance with current regulations and best practices.