There are no fixed rules on how a risk assessment should be carried out, but there are a few general principles that should be followed. Following the simple steps below will ensure that your risk assessment is carried out correctly.
Step 1: Identify the hazards (untidy site, working near water).
Step 2: Decide who might be harmed (you, your volunteers, public and visitors) and how.
Step 3: Evaluate the risks and decide on control measures (avoid risk, adopt a safer method of work, use measures that protect everyone not just an individual, provide training & information, use PPE).
Step 4: Record your findings and implement them (write them down, take it to the event and stick to the plan!)
Step 5: Review your assessment and update if necessary (review if the plan changes, weather deteriorates).