Guidance on Preparing Risk Assessments

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).

Click here for a Risk Assessment Template.

Click here for other things to remember.


Completed risk assessments should be retained for at least three years after the event.
Electronic format is sufficient for retaining the documents; it is not necessary to store signed paper copies.