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Risk AssessmentWhat is the harm the hazard could cause: The person operating the mixer could be injured by the moving parts if their hand slipped in while the machine was operating. Hand could be cut or could even lose a finger.What is the likelihood of this happening: This machine is used several times a day. Two of the workers have not been working in the bakery for a long time and are not very experienced in using the equipment.Persons at risk: All four bakers who operate the machine.Existing control measure: Staff follows policy and operating instructions to use the mixer safely – notvery effective because it relies on staff keeping hands away from the dangerous parts.Consequence: Serious injuriesLikelihood: Very likelyOutcome: High risk - the mixer must not be used again until the risk has been controlled.Control measuresPossible control options:Elimination– Eliminating the use of the mixer completely will mean the business cannot continue to sell baked products as the dough cannot be mixed. Business revenue will suffer.Substitution– Use of the mixer could be substituted by hand mixing the dough. One day’s production will be lost in the changeover. This method can only be considered an interim option as itis not sustainable for more than a day or two with present staff.However, part time staff could be hired to mix the dough. Business income would be reduced and impact on revenue. Alternatively, the mixer could be replaced by purchasing a new, safer machine with a built-in guard.Engineering – The mixer could be modified by adding an interlocking guard. A mixer could be hiredfor the period the old mixer is in for repairs. One day’s production will be lost in this option. The modifications are estimated to cost $1600. Other costs included are: one day lost in production plus hire of substitute machine for approximately 10 days and transport. Estimated cost is less than $6000.Administrative or PPE– All staff told to keep hands away from the mixing bowl while it is in use. Only the more experienced bakers are to operate the mixer. Preferred control option: Purchase a new mixer, which would not cost much more than having the old one modified. Mixing to be done by hand while waiting for replacement mixer to arrive. The costs involved are outweighed by worker safety and this option eliminates the risk of injury.78484AE6A1EF9FBD68BFF8661CEEBB128012B48B.DOCXCHC33015 CERTIFICATEIIIININDIVIDUALSUPPORTApex Training Institute Page 17
QUESTION13When risks are identified in the workplace, who are they reported to? Provide three examples.Example 1:A verbal report to a supervisor Example 2:Completing a Hazard Report formExample 3:Raising the issue at a staff meeting.Acute hazards should always be reported immediately to a supervisor, delegated Workplace Health and Safety officer or representative.