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RISK ASSESSMENT - PLASTERING

April 2010
Operation & Associated
Hazard
General Health & Safety

Who is at Risk
All persons within
competition area

Use of hand tools


Trowels
Cutting tools (hand)
Hammers
Screwdrivers
Saws
- contact hazard
- ejection hazards

Competitors,
experts and
support staff

Use of Power Tools


Drills
Grinders
Paddle Mixer
- dangerous moving
parts/blades
- ejection hazards

All persons using


power tools

Controls

All competitors will be undertaking a recognised training course leading to NVQ/SVQ


Competitors informed of specific health and safety requirements in competition via Joining
Instructions
Trade expert to provide health and safety induction before competition commences
All competitors will be undertaking a recognised training course leading to NVQ/SVQ
Competitors informed of requirement to provide all hand tools in a safe condition (information
contained in joining instructions)
Competitor hand tools inspected by SKILLBUILD trade expert
Damaged/defective tools to be taken out of use immediately
Competitors to be instructed by joining instructions to provide all necessary PPE (gloves, safety
shoes, safety helmets, safety glasses/goggles)
Experts to carry out periodic visual inspections throughout competition, defective tools to be
removed immediately
Practical demonstration by SKILLBUILD expert to small groups of competitors
Pre use visual inspection for damage/defects to tools, cables, plugs - defective tools to be taken
out of use immediately
Competitors to be informed by joining instructions to provide all necessary PPE (gloves, hearing
protection, defenders/plugs, dust masks)
Cables to be routed away from aisles and walkways where they could create trip hazards to other
persons and/or expose cables to potential damage
Competitors to be assessed individually before approval given to operate power tools
All power tools to be 110 volts/240 or battery powered
All power tools brought to competition by competitors to have up-to-date PAT test
Grinder disc/abrasive wheels changed by persons holding a current Abrasive Wheels Certificate
SKILLBUILD technical expert to periodically check tools for damage/defects and where necessary
take out of action and label Do not use

Action
Required
Area
Managers

Area
Managers

Area
Managers

Operation & Associated


Hazard
Manual handling
Bagged plaster
Plaster board
Mortar
- Mixing
- Handling
- Hazardous substance, sand
lime dust
- Gypsum based products
Working at height
Safe use of
- trestles
- steps
- hop ups

Plaster, Materials and


Products
- Adhesives
- Joint fillers
- Polyester resins
- Shellac
- PVA
- Mineralised meths
- Gypsum based products
Housekeeping
General work area
cleaning
Demolition of competitor
work
Dust/plaster debris

Review Date 30 March 2010

Who is at Risk

Controls

Competitors,
experts and
support staff

Safety shoes must be worn whilst working within the competition area
Fork lift truck/pallet truck to be provided for transport of large pallets and waste skip
Transport of small amounts of mixed plaster and mortar to be by wheelbarrow
Bulk plaster mixing by experts and support staff only
PPE to be worn when mixing plaster, to include goggles, dust mask, overalls, safety shoes
Mixer, barrows and shovels to be periodically inspected for damage/defects and taken out of use
for repair if faults discovered.

Competitors,
experts and
support staff
working above
ground level

All persons
using materials
or within
competition
area

All competitors will be undertaking a recognised training course leading to NVQ/SVQ


Demonstration by SKILLBUILD expert in safe use of:- erection, securing, stabilising steps, hop
ups, trestles
Provision of safe means of access to steps, hop ups, trestles
Provision and use of PPE, safety helmets, gloves
Work area to be fenced off
Use of warning signs at all access points to work area where work is being carried out above
ground level
All materials to be stored in SKILLBUILD store or location approved by SKILLBUILD expert within
competition area
Substance Data sheets available for each product in SKILLBUILD office
Competitor instructed by SKILLBUILD expert in safe use and handling of materials
Provision and use of PPE (gloves, goggles, dust masks)
Competitors informed of personal hygiene requirements, wash hands after use/contact and before
eating, drinking and smoking

All persons
using work
area

Competitors given verbal instructions to maintain and/or clean/tidy up individual workplaces during
and after competition work times
Experts/support staff to dismantle competitors work after completion appropriate PPE to be worn
during such work ie dust masks, goggles, safety shoes
Wet/damp sweeping techniques to be used for general cleaning of competition area to control dust
levels
Tools/equipment to be stored in lockable tool box
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Action
Required
Area
Managers

Area
Managers

Area
Managers

Area
Managers

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