Generic Mechanical Workshop risk assessment

An assessment of the potential health and safety hazards in a mechanical workshop.


Title of activity: Working in the mechanical workshop
Location(s) of work: Mechanical Workshop, Appleton Tower

Brief description of work:   Carrying out a number of tasks within the Mechanical Workshop such as turning, milling, drilling, fitting etc.


HAZARD IDENTIFICATION: Identify all the hazards; evaluate the risks (low / medium / high); describe all existing control measures and identify any further measures required. Specific hazards should be assessed on a separate risk assessment form and cross-referenced with this document. Specific assessments are available for hazardous substances, biological agents, display screen equipment, manual handling operations and fieldwork.

See the University's Risk Assessment Checklist for details.



HAZARD(s) RISK L / M / H CONTROL MEASURES (i.e.alternative work methods/mechanical aids/engineering controls, etc.)
Mechanical equipment (contact injuries e.g. entanglement, drawing-in, abrasions, cuts, burns) M
  1. Access to the workshops is strictly restricted to authorised personnel only.
  2. No one may operate workshop equipment unless they have received a sufficient training and permission from the technician-in-charge.
  3. Specific risk assessments for machinery and the generic risk assessment for power hand tools have been completed and safe systems of work issued to operatives. 
  4. Guards on the machines must be used. 
  5. All workshop equipment must be regularly maintained and serviced.
  6. Long hair must be completely covered and suitable eye protection worn.
Electrical equipment (electric shocks or burns from using faulty electrical equipment) M
  1. All portable electrical equipment must be tested at for electrical safety at correct intervals and labelled with the date of the test. 
  2. Electrical cables and plugs should be regularly visually inspected by the user for damage. 
  3. Any defective equipment should be reported to the technician-in-charge and taken out of use until the repair has been effected.
  4. Electrical equipment must always be operated in accordance with manufacturers' instructions.
Manual handling of heavy/bulky objects (back injuries) L
  1. A risk assessment must be completed for lifting heavy and bulky loads that present a risk of injury.
  2. Training in lifting techniques must be provided for workshop staff who undertake the lifting of heavy loads.
  3. Appropriate PPE for lifting operations must be worn.
  4. Lifting equipment must be registered with the University’s Engineering Insurers and annual inspections carried out. Records of the inspections must be kept in the safety file.
Hazardous Substances (e.g. irritating vapours, skin sensitisation, dermatitis) L
  1. A COSHH risk assessment must be completed for using substances that may present a hazard to health. 
  2. A Material Safety Date Sheet (MSDS) must be kept together with a risk assessment in the Workshop Safety File for future reference.
  3. All containers used for storage of hazardous and non-hazardous substances must be suitably labelled indicating their contents.
Slips and trips L
  1. Workshop working areas must be kept clear of obstructions and the floor must be kept free from oil and swarf.
  2. Any spillages should be cleaned up immediately.
  3. Any hazards such as  trailing cables, defects to floor coverings and faulty lighting etc. should be reported immediately to the technician-in-charge.
  4. All areas well lit.
Fire L
  1. Equipment should be switched off when not in use for long periods.
  2. All portable electrical equipment must be tested for electrical safety at correct intervals and labelled with the date of the test. 
  3. Flammable substances must be kept away from naked flames and ignition sources.
  4. Flammable substances must be kept in an appropriate fire resistant metal cabinet. 
  5. The fire alarm system is installed, maintained and tested.
  6. Workshop users must be acquainted with the Fire Routine Procedure for the building.
  7. Fire Stewards must be appointed to cover the workshop area.
Working at height (fall from a stepladder) M
  1. Users must be familiar with the risk assessment and safe system of work for using stepladders.
  2. Users should be familiar with the University Guidance on the Use of Stepladders
  3. A stepladder should have a visual inspection by the user prior to use for damage.
  4. Stepladders must be individually identified and formal inspections must be carried out and records of inspection kept.
  5. Any defective stepladder should be clearly labelled and taken out of use until the repair has been effected.
Excessive Noise L
  1. The level of noise should be measured.
  2. If necessary the noise risk assessment should be carried out and suitable hearing protection supplied.
Lone / Out of Hours (LOOH) Working L
  1. LOOH working in the Workshops is strictly prohibited unless permission from the Health and Safety Manager is given and a specific lone working risk assessment is carried out.

* Continue on separate sheet, if necessary



Engineering Controls: Tick relevant boxes.

Guarding X Extraction (LEV) X
Interlocks   Enclosure  
Other relevant information (including testing frequency if appropriate):


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Identify all necessary PPE.

Eye/Face X Hand/Arm X
Feet/Legs X Respiratory X
Body (clothing) X Hearing X
Other (specify)
Specify the grade(s) of PPE to be worn:

Specify when during the activity the item(s) of PPE must be worn:

Lab coats, safety glasses/goggles, safety shoes, gloves, barrier creams, hearing protection, dust masks and respirators are to be used as the work dictates.

Non-disposable items of PPE must be inspected regularly and records retained for inspection


Persons at Risk: Identify all those who may be at risk.

Academic staff   Technical staff x P'Grad students   U'Grad students  
Maintenance staff   Office staff   Cleaning staff   Emergency personnel  
Contractors   Visitors   Others      


Additional Information: Identify any additional relevant information to the activity, including supervision, training requirements, special emergency procedures, requirement for health surveillance, etc.

Workshop staff  must familiarise themselves with the University Health and Safety Policy.

Workshop users must read and understand the Workshop Safety Rules which are displayed on the H&S notice board within the workshop and published at Workshop Safety.



Assessment carried out by:
Name: David Hamilton Date: 25/04/2019 Review Date:  25/04/2020