Some types of  work have special risks

Working in a confined space is an obvious example, as there is a risk of death through a lack of oxygen, by poisoning, or due to an explosion or a fire occurring.

Likewise people working alone face particular risks, which have to be controlled by making sure that their supervisor knows where they will be working and how long the work is expect to take; as do people working at a height, or handing hazardous chemicals, all of which need to be controlled.

Anyone who has to deal with cleaning up body fluids, such as blood from an accident,  or removing a syringe that may be contaminated,  faces special risks which need to be minimised.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, and other more specific regulations, impose a specific duty to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of all risks to the health and safety of employees and others, arising at or from these and other work activities.

The following pages contain basic guidance about some of these special risks. However, the various regulations do have specific requirements and should be consulted if such work is to be carried out. ask can advise you on the arrangements that need to be put into place when undertaking higher risk work.

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