Many may think of a risk assessment as a quick look at potential slips, trips and falls in the workplace, but as we know, the modern boiler house is far from the average workplace. So what does a risk assessment in the boiler plant entail, and how do you go about it?

As detailed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in their publication, Safe management of industrial steam and hot water boilers (INDG436), a risk assessment is a means of determining whether risks from your boiler are at acceptable levels. This means you’ll need to carry out a systematic assessment of any potential risks and put controls in place to address them.

This HSE guide outlines twelve specific safety considerations you need to be aware of if you’re responsible for your site’s boiler installation.


A twelve step process  

The twelve areas are as follows:

  1. Operation
  2. Competence
  3. Training
  4. Maintenance
  5. Design
  6. Location
  7. Safety system
  8. Control system
  9. Testing
  10. Examination
  11. Supervision
  12. Management


By going through each of these in turn, you’ll be able to comply with “Guidance on Safe Operation of Boilers” (BG01) as well as Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which – like the HSE guidelines – clearly defines the need for a risk assessment within the workplace.

Our Introduction to Boiler House Risk Assessment training course runs in accordance with INDG436 and aims to help you to understand how a boiler house risk assessment can be completed. By training your own staff in this way rather than hiring an assessor when required, you’ll not only save money in the long term, you’ll also develop and retain skills within your business.


Training designed for you

Hosted in a working boiler plant, our practical training helps you develop the necessary skills in a real-life environment, from defining a competent person in the boiler house environment to understanding the key principles of risk assessment.

Through our unique partnership with a dedicated health & safety trainer for this course, you can take advantage of over a century’s knowledge of steam system engineering combined with an understanding of how the successful management of risk can enhance business performance.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of risk assessment
  • Complete the risk assessment process
  • Understand the definition of a competent person
  • Identify and know the requirements of INDG436 and associated legislation
  • Understand the specific requirements for conducting a boiler house risk assessment


So why not book a place on one of our upcoming courses? To do so, simply visit our website and complete the online registration form.


For more information, please contact Spirax Sarco:


Spirax-Sarco Limited

Charlton House

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

GL53 8ER, UK

Tel | 01242 535211

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