Student groups deemed to be higher risk must have a full risk assessment in place to ensure the safety of all participants in any activity. In most cases, the Activities staff will complete the risk assessment paperwork, using best practice from across the Students' Union sector and sporting National Governing Bodies as appropriate.
Outcomes of the risk assessment will then be communicated to committee members for their action - for example a usual condition of a sporting activity that carries risk will be that a trained coaching staff member supervises sessions.
In some cases, the student group committee members will need to fill in a risk assessment - there is guidance below to help with this. If you are using an external venue for an event then we will usually ask for a copy of the venue's risk assessment, as they will be legally obliged to have one.
What is a risk assessment?
A risk assessment is nothing more than a careful examination of what in your student group activities could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you have taken enough precautions or should do more to prevent harm. The overall aim of the exercise is to ensure that no one gets hurt or becomes ill.
When carrying out a risk assessment the important things you need to decide are whether a hazard is significant and whether you have it covered by satisfactory precautions so that the risk is small. You will need to check this when you assess the risks.
- HAZARD – means anything that can cause harm
- RISK – is the chance that somebody will be harmed by the hazard
It is important not to overcomplicate the process. With most activities the hazards are few and simple, and checking them is common sense, but necessary.
How do I fill out a risk assessment?
Download the risk assesment form, which this is a 3 page excel document that needs to completed electronically and emailed back to email@example.com.
The third page of this document contains advice, tips, and a step-by-step guide for filling our your risk assessment - we recommend you look at this before beginning to fill in the form.
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