School of ocean sciences risk assessment form



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University of Wales, Bangor

SCHOOL OF OCEAN SCIENCES

RISK ASSESSMENT FORM

Location: Rocky shores (UK)


Risk assessment of: Collecting on rocky shores.


Date of assessment: 25/8/04



No. 22

NB This is for general guidance only; a specific risk assessment must be produced for individual work areas or field courses as appropriate.

Assessed by : J. East






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N.B. FURTHER ADVICE IS IN CODE OF PRACTICE FOR FIELD WORK AND FIELD COURSES (Ch9 section A of SOS H&S Policy)

HAZARDS IDENTIFIED


PERSONS AFFECTED


EXISTING CONTROLS


FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED


PRIORITY H/M/L



Condition of vehicle


Driving vehicle
Slipping on seaweed

Injury

Driver & occupants

Staff & students


Staff & students




Vehicle serviced; driver checks


Highway code followed
Students warned of danger beforehand.

Suitable waterproof, well fitting footwear worn.


First aid box carried; first aider with larger parties.






A copy of this assessment must be passed to the School Safety Co ordinator and a copy made available in the workplace.

Date of review


/ /




University of Wales, Bangor

SCHOOL OF OCEAN SCIENCES

RISK ASSESSMENT FORM (continuation)

HAZARDS IDENTIFIED


PERSONS AFFECTED


EXISTING CONTROLS


FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED


PRIORITY H/M/L



Slipping or falling on wet or friable rocks.

Trapping by tide.

Freak waves.

Falling into deep water.

Exposure

Staff & students

Staff & students

Staff & students

Staff & students

Staff & students


Students warned of danger beforehand. Any inexperienced students closely supervised. Suitable waterproof, well fitting footwear worn.

Tide tables consulted. Watch kept on tide throughout visit, especially in poor visibility. Working mobile phone and phone numbers carried. Trips planned for falling tide where possible.

Suitable safety margin above normal waves; life jacket worn. Harness may be required in exposed places. At least 2 mobile phones in group.

Life jacket worn; at least 2 persons present, both carrying mobile phones. Harness may be required.

Students warned beforehand to carry or wear suitable waterproof & windproof clothing.









Sunburn


Losing party member, leading to enhanced risk of above hazards

Disease from contaminated sediment



Staff & students


Staff & students

Staff & students



Students warned of hazard. Clothing or suncream worn.

For parties of 5 or less this should be obvious, but if spread out along shore and not visible to each other, one member designated to make regular checks on other members.

For larger parties, register taken, and all party members counted at intervals throughout fieldwork and conclusion (e.g. counted onto bus). Students asked to notify if any colleagues missing during trip. Large groups split into smaller groups with a designated person to count their group. Each group carries mobile phone.

All field work must be notified on the field work reporting form, and the return of the party notified.

Gloves worn. Tetanus inoculation recommended.


See:


http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/wl/holyhead_forecast_uv.html

Hep A, typhoid, polio may be required.






HAZARDS IDENTIFIED


PERSONS AFFECTED


EXISTING CONTROLS


FURTHER ACTION REQUIRED


PRIORITY


H/M/L

Stings from anemones



Staff & students



Gloves worn if collecting near anemones; be aware of first aid treatment.











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