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Practical Risk Assessment

The following example is an activity that could be carried out at work – but which most people will do at home – changing a lightbulb. I have chosen this as it is an example of an activity that most people can relate to, wether we live in a house or a bungalow. The fluorescent light is on the ground floor of an office block. It is four o’clock on a December afternoon and must be changed. Assume there are no controls in place other than those listed below. The ladder has to be placed in one of the fire escape routes for the room.


Use this box to list all the hazards identified in the activity. The tick box list includes some of the more common hazards that may be encountered when doing your risk assessment. It also provides space to allow you to add your own.

In this example we have identified a number of hazards that could be present in this activity. The main ones are concerned with electricity cuts burns working at height working in the dark. These should be written in the hazards section of the form, you will see that we have identified some of the problems associated with those hazards.

Those at risk

All those exposed to the risk should be listed here. It is important to list everyone who could be harmed as all may influence how you may intend to control the risks. You may decide that you require different controls for others not carrying out those activities.

Current Control Measures

Use this box to list the current control measures that you have in place and any other controls you could introduce at this stage

For this scenario the following current controls include:

Isolating the power supply

Waiting until the bulb cools

Using a torch or steps for access

With these controls the risk is:

At this point you must decide if the above controls in place will reduce the risk…...

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