Risk Assessment

Maintaining a workable Risk Assessment

Making a Moorland walking risk assessment is perhaps overkill for many who want to simply walk the moors for personal enjoyment but for anyone thinking of taking a group they should think very seriously about completing their own risk assessment.

Risk assessments need not be reams of worthless paper, quite the opposite. They should be short, considered and ‘reviewed’, which means that you use it as a useful tool to conducting your ‘safe’ walks on the moors. The example risk assessment I have provided as an example below has been sufficient for my own purposes for the last couple of years. Try writing your own and remember to keep it short and considered!

Example Risk Assessment

Hazard

List hazards here

Those at Risk

List the group members most likely to be at risk:

Existing Controls

List existing controls or note where the information may be found. List risks which are not adequately controlled and the action needed:

Review and Revision

List the outcome of the review for each significant hazard:

Equipment The whole Group Ensure the group leader(s) at all times carries a fully equipped leaders pack to accepted guidance standards.

Before the event the group are given advice on appropriate clothing and checked by the group leader on the day for adequacy.

Assess the group and make changes to the planned walk, according to the capabilities of the party.

Review initial advice on appropriate equipment, if not being clear enough.

Weather The whole Group Check for expected weather conditions prior to walk commences.

Ensure the group are adequately prepared for the expected (and unexpected) weather conditions that the moors can present.

Advise emergency contact of any expected difficulties and escape routes planned.

Review initial advice on appropriate equipment for walkers and team leaders.

Terrain The whole Group Use experience, local advice, information and maps to know as much about the expected terrain in advance.

Ensure equipment check includes additional items to control any planned/unplanned incident.

Advise emergency contact of any expected difficulties and escape routes planned.

Review initial advice on appropriate equipment for walkers and team leaders.

Armed forces Firing dates The whole Group Use experience, local papers/advice, information and maps to know as much about the area to be traversed and avoid ranges wherever possible.

Avoid any military debris – note location – inform commandant or police.

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Advise emergency contact of any expected difficulties and escape routes planned.
Wildlife The whole Group
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Ensure the group is briefed on the manner in which to encounter the wildlife, flora and fauna for safety, enjoyment and conservation.

Improve own knowledge and experience.

Continuously improve on the personal knowledge that can be imparted to walkers.