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Risk assessment for use of Myford lathe.


  • 1) Chips in eyes.
  • 2) Hair or clothing caught in rotating parts.
  • 3) Cutting tool breaking or getting ejected from holder.
  • 4) Sharp objects and chips cutting fingers.
  • 5) Dropping heavy parts.
  • 6) Objects ejected from chuck.

Persons at risk.

  • Operator.
  • Persons nearby.

Initial assessment of risk.

Hazard identified Severity Probability Risk Factor
Chips in eyes 3 2 6
Hair or clothes caught in chuck 2 2 4
Cutting tool breaking 2 2 4
Cuts from sharp objects 1 3 3
Injuries from dropped objects 2 2 4
Objects ejected from chuck 1 3 3

Control measures.

  • Users will be required to attend training to learn how to use the machine safely.
  • Safety glasses will be worn.
  • Check everything is secure before starting the motor.
  • Users will be trained to mount the cutting tools and work pieces safely.
  • Always use a brush to clean away chips and swarf.
  • Operators to use lifting aids, or ask for assistance, when moving heavy objects.

Final assessment of risk

Hazard identified Severity Probability Risk Factor
Chips in eyes 3 1 3
Hair or clothes caught in chuck 3 1 3
Cutting tool breaking 2 1 2
Cuts from sharp objects 1 2 2
Injuries from dropped objects 2 1 2
Objects ejected from chuck 1 2 2

Points system

Hazard severity Points Rating Definition
Nil 1 Very minor injury, bruise, graze, no risk of disease.
Slight 2 Minor injury, which would allow the individual to continue work after first aid treatment on site or at a local surgery. The duration of the stoppage or treatment is such that the normal flow of work is not seriously interrupted.
Moderate 3 Temporary disability causing injury or disease capable of keeping an individual off work for three days or more and reportable under RIDDOR
High 4 Causing death, serious injury or permanent disability to an individual.
Very high 5 Causing multiple deaths and widespread destruction eg. fire, building collapse.

Hazard likelihood Points Rating Definition
Remote possibility 1 There is really no risk present. Only under freak conditions could there be any possibility of an accident or illness. All reasonable precautions have been taken - This should be the normal state of the workplace.
Unlikely 2 This incident or illness might occur but the probability is low and the risk minimal.
Possible 3 The accident may occur if additional factors precipitate it, but it is unlikely to happen without them.
Highly likely 4 Will happen more often than not. Additional factors could precipitate an incident but it is still likely to happen without this additional factor.
Inevitable 5 If the work continues as it is, there is almost 100% certainty that an accident will happen, for example:

A broken stair or broken rung on a ladder Bare, exposed electrical conductors Unstable stacks of heavy boxes

Risk Rating Score Definition Action
1 to 4 Low No action required
5 to 9 Moderate Reduce risks if reasonably practicable
10 to 15 High Risk Priority action to be undertaken
16 to 25 Unacceptable Action must be taken IMMEDIATELY