Workshop Risk Assessment

LOUISE CROOKENDEN-JOHNSON CERAMICS

RISK ASSESSMENT   updated July 2020

review date July 2021

In completing the Covid-19 risk assessment we have considered government guidance for employers on working safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is relevant to the Pottery studio and workshop venue and was carried out by reviewing the pottery and surrounding garden, working out how to maintain and manage safe working practices both for Louise and visitors to the space.

HazardsPeople at riskAction: control to reduce risk to appropriate levelRisk after action taken: Low, Medium or High
Supervision of activityParticipants, event attendeesActivity matched to the size and design of the space, take account of the nature of the task, the equipment, the age, ability, aptitude and special education needs of participants. For potters wheel activity, one to two at the wheel for adultsHealth and Safety info given at booking and as part of instruction regarding the task Maintaining safe distance from machinery for event participants and allowing instructor to focus on one to two support to adult learners.M
Use of EquipmentInstructor, participants, event attendeesEquipment (potter’s wheel) is in good order, visual check prior to useProvide clear instructions for use.Electric wheels properly earthed and sealed water proof switches fitted and in good condition.Sufficient electric socket outlets to support the range of equipment usedClear working area of at least one metre around the machine Use of potter’s wire for taking piece of the wheel controlled by instructor and safely storedL
StorageInstructorEquipment and substances managed appropriately and do not present a manual handling or trip, slip or fall hazard. Heavy equipment and materials (such as clay) transported appropriatelyL
Inhalation of dusts including pottery glazesInstructor, participants, event attendeesRegular cleaning regime to keep dust to a minimum. Clay dropped on the floor should be removed as soon as possibleSpilt clay not allowed to dry out, i.e. dry dust avoided.Controlled allocation of small quantities of glaze materials and use of leadless glazes.All equipment to washed down at the end of the session. Floors washed or damp-cleaned and vacuumedL
Kiln usageInstructorFirings undertaken when no other visitors present. No workshops taking place when kiln is over 300 degrees and hot to touch.L
First AidInstructor, participants, event attendeesFirst aid kit on hand Contents regularly checked.L
Transmission of Covid-19 Coronavirus in the workshopEmployees, Instructor, volunteers

Visitors to the premises  
Hand Washing Hand washing facilities with soap and water in place. Gel sanitisers in any area where washing facilities not readily available, particularly at entry and exit points to premises Posters, leaflets and other materials are available for display: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/
Cleaning Frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces during the day and at the end of the day that are touched regularly particularly in areas of high use such as door handles, light switches, reception area using standard cleaning products and methods.
Social Distancing Social Distancing –Means reducing the number of persons in any work area to comply with the 2-metre (6.5 foot) gap in accordance with Public Health advice:   Redesigning processes to ensure social distancing in place. This includes the use of 2m markings and a one-way flow at entry and exit points in the pottery.   Workstations will be assigned to an workshop participants and not shared by others. Each workshop will cater for a maximum of 4 people from no more than two ‘social bubbles’. Participants will be offered outdoor areas to enable better ventilation.   Rearrangement of seats and table layouts to maintain spacing and reduce face-to-face interactions. Use of face coverings when 2 m distance cannot be maintained.
Mitigating Actions Where the social distancing guidelines cannot be followed in full, we will carefully consider whether that activity needs to continue for the business to operate, and, if so, take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission between staff as follows:   Encouraging increased frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning Keeping the activity time involved as short as possible Using back-to-back or side-to-side working (rather than face-to-face) whenever possible. Use of a thermometer to check participants prior to workshop entry.
Accidents, Security and Other Incidents In an emergency, for example, an accident, fire, break-in or trespass, people do not have to stay 2m apart if it would be unsafe. People involved in the provision of assistance to others should pay particular attention to sanitation measures immediately afterwards, including washing hands.
Face Coverings Visitors choosing to wear face coverings will be reminded to: Wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on, and after removing it. When wearing a face covering, avoid touching their face or face covering and practice social distancing wherever possible.
Symptoms of Covid-19 All participants will be requested to take their temperature with a Infra red device, this will indicate is someone has a raised temperature and they will besent away and encouraged to seek medical advice. They cannot take part in a workshop. If anyone becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature in the workplace, they will be sent away and advised to follow the stay at home guidance.   If advised that anyone has developed Covid-19 and were recently on our premises the business will contact the Public Health body to discuss the case, identify people who have been in contact with them and will take advice on any actions or precautions that should be taken.
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