Risk Assessment Templates

keep-calm-and-do-a-risk-assessment-1Risk assessments – you’ve got to do them, but where do you start?

Well, a good place to start is with the HSE’s “Five Steps to Risk Assessment“.

When you read it, you’ll realise that it’s actually pretty simple – exactly how it should be. After all, risk assessment is part of human nature anyway – we’re always weighting up the risks involved in things we do, from crossing the road to jumping off a bridge on a bungie rope…

It’s the writing-it-down part that’s the difficult bit for most people.

Well hopefully, we can help you out on the road to writing a good risk assessment. We’ve got a set of three risk assessment templates for you to download for free.

You’ll need to be registered and logged in to download these risk assessments

The first is our standard risk assessment template. It’s simple enough to use, and comes as a plain word document that’s easy to edit. We’ve included an example in the document for reference.

As you add more hazards, just add more rows on.

The second risk assessment template is more of a checklist. It captures the main information about the site and the task, then prompts you to think about a number of common workplace hazards.

This one can be used with the above. For each item you identify in the checklist, record your detailed findings in our standard risk assessment template. If you don’t fancy doing that much work, you can buy one of our generic risk assessments to bridge the gap.

Just remember, the list we provide isn’t exhaustive, and you may need to add extra bits to it to make sure everything is covered – we’ve only included the most common workplace hazards, and wouldn’t recommend using it on a construction site or in a garage.

The last of our templates is a sample from our Safety First system. These risk assessments are really easy to create, and Safety First comes with a comprehensive library of risk assessments already built for you – the one you need is probably already there waiting, along with all the other H&S documentation that’s been giving you headaches and sleepless nights. If you’re looking for something specific, contact us and we can let you know if Safety First can help.

No need to mess around with tables and rows in Word any more – adding, editing and removing hazards is really easy and it will even remind you when you need to review the documents to keep them up to date (it’s really good at putting the HSE’s “Five-steps” into action).


Find out more about Safety First here

ISO 9001 Certification

We are very pleased to have recently achieved our ISO 9001 certification with QAS International.

Going through this certification has really helped us in the way we run our business, and has made us think about how we work with out customers to make sure that they get a good quality service.A14665



Asbestos Awareness Course – Sept 15, 2015

We will be running an Asbestos Awareness course on 15 September at our training room in United Downs.

Cost is £60+vat per person. The course lasts 3 hours and covers the training requirements set out by the HSE regarding training for workers who could disturb asbestos during their work.

CourseCode / DateTimeDurationLocationCost / Availability
Asbestos Awareness181218/AA
18 December 2018
09:00 - 12:00 (approx)Half DayRedruth, Cornwall£65+vat
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CDM 2015 Client Support

Under the new CDM 2015 regulations, construction clients have much more responsibility for health and safety than has been seen in the past.

Previous construction-specific regulations have always placed duties on contractors, designers and CDM-coodinators to ensure that a construction project is run safely. Other Health and Safety legislation such as the health and safety at work at and associated regulations don’t recognise the client at all as they generally don’t have any input to the product / service at that level.

However, the latest CDM regulations have changed this and put the client right at the top of the ladder when it comes to H&S responsibilities.

The reason for this is simple. Construction projects are bespoke and every one is different and priced individually. The client will probably get a number of quotes, and in the past, it’s been the price that was the main consideration – lowest being best.

However, the lowest price may also mean the one where H&S has been sacrificed most. It’s cheaper to run a project if you don’t hire a welfare unit or put up a scaffold – it also means that workers will have to take more risks to get the job done if they don’t have the right equipment or enough time.

By making the client ultimately responsible for H&S, they must think about the health and safety involved in the project and budget for it. Contractors quoting for the work also need to make sure that they price for health and safety and don’t cut corners to get the lowest price.

By giving the client and contractors a legal duty to do this, there are serious repercussions. Clients could be prosecuted for going for the cheapest quote or not budgeting for H&S, and contractors could be prosecuted for providing those cut-price quotes, or accepting work where the client has knocked them down.

CDM 2015 covers all construction work, so hopefully it will create a level playing field where clients choose a balanace of H&S and price. But to do this, contractors have to make clients aware of their responsibilities.

We are recommending that all our clients quote for H&S first to ensure that the project can be run as safely as possible, and make clients aware of this when providing the quote. Also, ensure that clients are aware of their responsibilities under CDM 2015.

We encourage contractors to include something like this on their quotes…

“We have quoted to run your project as safely as possible, in line with the CDM 2015 regulations. To find out more about your responsibilities as a construction client, please visit http://www.ctcswl.co.uk/CDM-client”

To assist with this, we are also providing a “Construction Client Assistance” service where we work directly with the client to make them aware of their responsibilities and help ensure that they are discharged.

PAS91 Review

We are currently in the process of carrying out reviews with our clients based on PAS91.

PAs91 is a document published by the government covering how construction contractors should be assessed when tendering for public sector contracts. PAS stands for “Publicly Accessible Specification”.

PAS91 covers many subjects including equality and diversity, financial, company status, environmental, and importantly Health and Safety.

PAS91 is used by the Safety Schemes In Procurement (SSIP) as the basis for their health and safety assessment of contractors. This means that CHAS, SMAS, Safe Contractor etc all assess clients to PAS91.

With PAS91 now being the standard for H&S assessment, we at CTC South West Limited have created our own appraisal questionnaire that we complete with clients in order to see how well they are doing and what aspects need more work.

We are doing this as part of our yearly review for clients who have signed up to or H&S appointed advisors service. The process identifies where companies are doing well, as well as allowing us to draw up an action plan for the coming year to make improvements where required.

The process also gathers evidence relating to each question – the same evidence that is required by SSIP assessments, so if the client is asked to provide SSIP membership for a contract over the coming year, all that needs to be done is the application form. Even this becomes easier since all the information has already been gathered on our PAS91 review.

If you are interested in this service, and would like to find out more, please contact us on the details provided on our website.

Construction Site Management Training

Site managers have the biggest influence on health and safety on a construction site.

The HSE recognise this and recommend that all sites are overseen by someone holding the Site Managements Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) from the CITB.

Any site that is notifiable to the HSE under CDM 2015 must have a SMSTS qualified manager on site at all times. Even if you are running smaller site, someone within the organisation should hold this qualification so that there is always access to good H&S advice.

Site managers are responsible for implementing the core requirements of CDM 2015, including:

  • Site induction for workers and visitors
  • Ensuring welfare facilities are available and suitable
  • Securing the site from unauthorised access and regularly checking this
  • Monitoring the work being carried out to ensure that is is done safely
  • Communicating with sub-contractors and workers, and ensuring that they communicate with each other to co-ordinate their activities.
  • Liaise with designers and other duty holders under CDM 2015 to ensure that health and safety is considered at all times.

The UK contractors group and the HSE both state that site manager should be qualified with the Site Management Safety Training Scheme.

It is also becoming more common place to require that site managers hold an NVQ in construction site management, and the associated black managers CSCS card.

With the additional responsibilities on clients and designers under CDM 2015, there is a growing requirement to ensure that everyone on site is competent to do their job. The easiest way to show this is with the above mentioned qualifications and cards. This is particularly important for site managers as they have the greatest input when it comes to running the site safely on a day-to-day basis.

CTC South West offers 2 main qualifications for Site Managers.

Site Management Safety Training Scheme

This course from CITB Site Safety Plus lasts 5 days and covers the essential requirements for running a site safely. It includes legislation, CDM 2015, Work at Height, Excavations, Plant / traffic, Fire etc. etc. It is also accompanied by the CITB publication GT-700 which is an invaluable resource when running a site.

NVQ Level 6 in Construction Site Management

This NVQ is assessed on site and there is no teaching time involved. Site managers gather evidence of the work that they carry out and add this to the portfolio where the assessor assesses it against the occupational standards for the qualification. This qualification doesn’t just cover health and safety, it covers all aspects of site management from site-setup, liaising with others to handover to the client.

Claiming Grant for Toolbox Talks

Toolbox Talks are a great way to educate, communicate and consult with your workforce.

It’s a legal requirement to consult your workforce regarding matters that may affect their health and safety, and something that you are probably already doing, but in a very informal way through brief site inductions or talks.

By doing toolbox talks based on a set agenda / topic, you can encourage discussion between employees and managers which can give you a good insight into H&S on site and how it can be improved, as well as passing essential H&S information to your employees.

We recommend the use of a recognised toolbox talk publication such as GT-700 from the CITB, and ensure that talks are delivered by staff who are able to answer any questions that may come up or at least be able to find answers if required. They should also have a good knowledge of company specific procedures and risk assessments so that the talk can be tailored to your staff. We encourage delivery of toolbox talks by supervisors or managers holding the SMSTS or SSSTS qualifications.

As a bonus, if you are CITB registered and you submit a plan of the toolbox talks you intend to deliver over the course of a year, you could get CITB training grant paid back to you at the rate of £25 for every 3 man-hours of talks you deliver.

For more information in claiming this grant, go to The CITB Training Plan Grants Webpage and see the section on Modular Training Programmes.


First Aid – Redruth – July 2015

We have set dates for First Aid courses to be held at our training centre in St Day, Redruth.

Dates are as follows:

  • Emergency First Aid at Work (1 Day) – 21 July 2015
    • CIEH approved and nationally recognised first aid course, delivered by CTC South West Limited
    • Venue : CTC South West, Unit 11, United Downs Industrial Park, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5HY.
    • Cost : £85+vat (£76.50+vat for CCTG members)
    • Duration : 1 Day – 21 July 2015
  • First Aid at Work (3 Days) – 21 July / 28 July / 4 Aug 2015
    • CIEH approved and nationally recognised first aid course, delivered by CTC South West Limited
    • Venue : CTC South West, Unit 11, United Downs Industrial Park, Redruth, Cornwall, TR16 5HY.
    • Cost : £195+vat (£175.50+vat for CCTG members)
    • Duration : 3 Days – 21 July / 28 July / 4 Aug 2015

The Emergency First Aid course is the same as day 1 of the full 3 day course.

Our courses can be booked on our website, or call 01209 823 920 to speak to us about your requirements or find out more.

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