Risk Assessment

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Summer Hill Walking Risk Assessment
All clients are 18+ or accompanied by a parent or guardian

First aid kit, mobile phone, rope, GPS & radio must be carried by instructor (mobile reception may be patchy or non-existent).

Hazard Risk At Risk

Instructors (I)

Clients (C)

Public (P)

Likelihood & Seriousness of Injury Control Measures & Management Remaining Risk Level
WEATHER Hypothermia I

C

Possible

Fatal

·       Up to date weather forecasts assessed prior to activity

·       Route & activity plan determined in light of current and forecast conditions

·       Ongoing assessment of conditions. Plans amended as appropriate

·       Appropriate warm, waterproof, protective clothing worn or carried – checked prior to departure

·       Energy rich food and fluids carried

·       Instructor and client awareness and mutual vigilance.

·       Emergency equipment carried (group shelter, individual survival bags, foil blankets as appropriate)

·       Ongoing review of weather conditions and objectives – revised as required

Low
Eye Damage

Sunburn

Hyperthermia

I

C

Possible

Very Serious

·       Sunglasses advised for sunny days

·       Sunscreen advised for face, lips & other exposed areas of skin

·       Participants reminded of the need for adequate fluid intake and given plenty of opportunity for drink breaks

Low
WATER

Hazards

Burns in spate, Rivers, Marshy Ground

Lengthy detours leading to risk of exhaustion & hypothermia; immersion hypothermia; drowning; Physical trauma I

C

Possible Fatal ·       Up to date mountain weather forecast should be obtained and assessed prior to activity.

·       Consideration of river levels in light of past, present and forecast rainfall – plans and route modified accordingly.

·       Care taken if/or when crossing watercourses

·       Appropriate warm, waterproof protective clothing to be worn and checked prior to departure

·       Energy rich food & fluids to be carried

·       Emergency equipment carried (group shelter, individual survival bags, foil blankets as appropriate)

Medium
TERRAIN

Steep, broken terrain, slippery rock, old or new snow, muddy, icy or loose path.

Slips, trips and falls I

C

Likely

Very Serious

·       Appropriate footwear to be worn – checked prior to departure

·       Ongoing monitoring of clients technique and safety awareness

·       Good route choice to minimise consequences of hazards

·       High risk areas highlighted to clients and managed effectively

·       Use of helmets for novice clients on difficult terrain

·       Rope, harness available/used as appropriate to safeguard clients on difficult terrain

Medium
DARKNESS Nightfall

(Early & Late in Season)

I

C

Possible

Serious

·       Route plan with short cut options

·       Late return procedures in place

·       Clients carry suitable torches, head torches with spare batteries.

·       Emergency equipment carried (group shelter, individual survival bags, foil blankets as appropriate).

Low
CLIENT ILLNESS Medical conditions not declared, resulting in illness or delay I

C

Possible

Very Serious

·       Atmosphere Mountaineering medical questionnaire completed by all participants

·       Confirmation from participants prior to departure

·       Participants carry own medication as necessary

Low
WILDLIFE Tick bites

Midge bites

I

C

Possible

Serious

·       Participants to made aware of hazard

·       Appropriate clothing to be worn as necessary

·       Insect repellent advise and available if needed

Medium
OTHER HILL USERS Fallen debris; Rocks & stones I

C

P

Possible

Fatal

·       Ongoing awareness of other’ positions relative to AM participants

·       Plans/location modified to reduce possible risk

Medium

Risk Assessment Compiled February 2016

Craig Saunders

Next review date – February 2017