Risk Assessment Templates

Conducting a risk assessment is not difficult or demanding. It is just a case of looking at the activity and identifying the hazards (anything that has the potential to do harm) associated with it. By gauging the likelihood that the hazard will do harm, and the severity of the harm caused, a risk rating can be calculated. If the risk rating is low, the activity can proceed; if it is medium more control measures might need to be considered, and if it is high more control measures are likely to be required to reduce the risk to an acceptable level.

It must be noted that these are only example risk assessments -  you must then modify the risk assessment template to reflect hazards on your site.

RA: IWABM1.1 Branch Meeting
RA: IWAMA1.1 Manual Handling
RA: IWASC1.1 Scrub/ vegetation clearance
RA: IWAWCD1.1 Running a Waterways Community Day
RA: IWAWAW1.1 Working Adjacent to Water
RA: IWAHB1.1 Clearance of Himalayan Balsam

For further guidance or information the Practical Restoration Handbook and Technical Restoration Handbook should be consulted.

A blank risk assessment template can be found here. Please use this to note any special considerations/ hazards relating to particular event/site, showing control measures to overcome these.

Assess the risks according to the following chart:

Severity (S) Risk Factor Likelihood (L)
Fatal Injury 5 Frequent Exposure/Certainty
Major Injury 4 Probable Exposure/Very Likely
Serious Injury 3 Occasional Exposure/Possible
Minor Injury 2 Unlikely Exposure/Unlikely
Negligible Injury 1 Improable Exposure/Remote

Multiply 'Severity' by 'Likelihood' to give the risk rating.

Risk Rating:
1-4 Low risk: Monitor regularly
4-6 Medium risk: Re-asses risk before activity and consider further reduction measures
7-10 High Risk: Task cannot proceed without further reduction measures or alternative methods must be used.


The completed risk assessments are important and should be made available at the event to brief volunteers/ staff on the possible hazards and the control measures in place to overcome them.

At the end of the event paperwork should be filed securely. The information may be needed in the future (for example in the event of an insurance claim or an inspection by the enforcing authority).