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Risk Assessment Details for

 __________________________(Event) on ________ (Date)
Purpose of Risk Assessment
The purpose of this risk assessment for an orienteering event is to look at all aspects of the event organisation and planning, the potential hazards, the persons likely to be affected, the procedures already in existence and those that need to be put in place to minimise the risks. It is intended to ensure that all relevant issues are considered systematically so that nothing gets forgotten.



Event Date:

Event Venue:

Expected number of competitors:

Assessment completed by:
Print name
Assessment reviewed by:
Print name
Date
Signed
Date
Signed

Event Arrangements and Contact Details



Name
Contact Number
Organiser


First Aid cover


Local Casualty Department


Child Safety Officer


Definitions

Hazard

An unsafe state or condition with the potential to cause harm to competitors or others.

Risk Assessment

A measure of the chance of a particular hazard causing harm and of the severity of harm caused. It is not sufficient to carry out an assessment and identify high-risk hazards (if any); action must be taken to reduce the risk from such hazards to an acceptable level.

Steps in completing the Risk Assessment

The risk assessment shall be completed by the Safety Officer (or Organiser), in consultation with other event officials. The Controller and Organiser shall review it. The Safety Officer shall keep a copy of the risk assessment and have it available at the Event. All event officials with actions against their name shall be provided with copies.
1)   Look at the hazards
Look at the list of hazards in the risk assessment and decide the level of risk that these pose. Tick those that apply to your event. Think about what other hazards may arise that are specific to your particular circumstances and add details of these where appropriate.
2)   Decide on what mitigations you will use for the hazards you have identified.
What precautions will you use or do you already have in place to mitigate the risks from the hazards identified? Examples of best practice ideas are listed in the main table and you should tick those that you will apply. You should add any other items which you are using specifically for your event. Give priority to those risks that affect large numbers of people and/or could result in serious harm. Consider the impact of the age of competitors on the risks identified. Can you:
·       Remove the risk completely (but not the hazards inherent in orienteering)?
·       Try a less risky option? E.g. plan around the area.
·       Prevent access to a hazard (by guarding)?
·       Organise things to reduce exposure to the hazard?
3)   Assign responsibility
A named person must be given responsibility for all of the actions identified.

Generic means to reduce risk/deal with injuries

The following list is of general safety/medical precautions, which could apply to any of the hazards identified. The severity of the risk and the number of competitors at the event will determine the level of cover required.
Injuries and Illness
Possible cover would include;
Mountain Rescue in attendance, Order of Malta, Trained First Aider available, First Aid kit available, Details of nearest hospital available. (see IOA website for full list of what should be in a First Aid kit)
Missing Competitors or Officials
Possible precautions would include;
Stub check/Electronic punching check, Tick off start list, Personal details and car keys etc. left at Enquiries, Search arrangements in place, Telephone contact list for key officials, Radios available, manned finish





Degree of risk posed by hazard
Risk Mitigations
Action by
Low risk
Medium risk
High risk

(name)
Hazardous  terrain not on courses
 Cliffs and quarries
 Deep valleys, steep slopes etc.
 Rivers, streams, standing water etc.
 Bogs and marshes
 Rocky or stony terrain
 Military areas (unexploded shells, barbed wire etc.)
 Mineshafts, caves, mine workings etc.
 Deep holes, rough terrain
 Thick vegetation, brashings, undergrowth
 No obvious boundary of mapped area
 Other (state)

Hazardous terrain parallel to course direction Cliffs and quarries
 Deep valleys, steep slopes etc.
 Rivers, streams, standing water etc.
 Bogs and marshes
 Rocky or stony terrain
 Military areas (unexploded shells, barbed wire etc.)
 Mineshafts, caves, mine workings etc.
 Deep holes, rough terrain
 Thick vegetation, brashings, undergrowth
 No obvious boundary of mapped area
 Other (state)

Courses cross hazardous terrain

 Cliffs and quarries
 Deep valleys, steep slopes etc.
 Rivers, streams, standing water etc.
 Bogs and marshes
 Rocky or stony terrain
 Military areas (unexploded shells, barbed wire etc.)
 Mineshafts, caves, mine workings etc.
 Deep holes, rough terrain
 Thick vegetation, brashings, undergrowth
 No obvious boundary of mapped area
 Other (state)

 Courses planned to avoid dangerous terrain
 Courses appropriate to those expected to take part
 Yellow/black tape to mark dangerous items
 Information in event details
 Information shown on overprinted maps or corrections
 Notices at start or in start lanes
 Other (state)
     
Safe crossing point available over Man-made obstructions
 Road crossings
 Railways
 Fence and wall crossings
 Canals
 Other (state)

Competitors required to cross minor Man-made obstructions
 Road crossings
 Railways
 Fence and wall crossings
 Canals
 Other (state)
Competitors required to cross major Man-made obstructions
 Road crossings
 Railways
 Fence and wall crossings
 Canals
 Other (state)

 Courses planned to avoid dangerous features
 Temporary crossing erected
 Timed crossings
 Marshals at crossing points
 Information in event details/shown on maps
 Other (state)
     
No other activities on the area
 Forestry work
 Motorcycles
 Cyclists/Mountain Bikers
 Horse riders
 Quad bikes
 Golfers
 Other (state)

Some other activities in limited part of the area
 Forestry work
 Motorcycles
 Cyclists/Mountain Bikers
 Horse riders
 Quad bikes
 Golfers
 Other (state)
Other activities in large parts of the area
 Forestry work
 Motorcycles
 Cyclists/Mountain Bikers
 Horse riders
 Quadbikes
 Golfers
 Other (state)

 Courses planned to avoid defined areas
 Notices put up to warn land users before event
 Information in event details
 Information shown on overprinted maps or corrections
 Notices at start or in start lanes
 Emergency phone list
Other (state)
     
Severe weather conditions not expected

 Snow, hail, ice
 Cold
 Wind
 Rain (including flooding/rising rivers)
 Sun and heat
 Darkness
 Other (state)

Severe weather conditions possible, event not in exposed terrain
 Snow, hail, ice
 Cold
 Wind
 Rain (including flooding/rising rivers)
 Sun and heat
 Darkness
 Other (state)
Severe weather conditions possible, event in exposed terrain
 Snow, hail, ice
 Cold
 Wind
 Rain (including flooding/rising rivers)
 Sun and heat
 Darkness
 Other (state)

 Bad weather courses available if needed
 First Aid point/tent on course
 Cagoules/whistles mandatory
 Drinks points
 Torches and lighting available
 Event cancellation policy
 Other (state)

     
Other low risk issues
 Electrical hazards (computers, generators etc.)
 Injuries from canes
 Dogs
 Animals and livestock
 Traffic hazards (e.g. car park entrance, bus drop-off and turning points)
 Other (state)

Other medium risk issues
 Electrical hazards (computers, generators etc.)
 Injuries from canes
 Dogs
 Animals and livestock
 Traffic hazards (e.g. car park entrance, bus drop-off and turning points)
 Other (state)
Other high risk issues
 Electrical hazards (computers, generators etc.)
 Injuries from canes
 Dogs
 Animals and livestock
 Traffic hazards (e.g. car park entrance, bus drop-off and turning points)
 Other (state)

 Officials suitably qualified and experienced
 Electrical equipment PAT tested or physically examined for signs of damage.
 Canes not used, or used with cane tops
 Dangerous areas taped off
 Police/landowners consulted on traffic arrangements
 Information in event details
 Rescue Plan produced
 Car parking attendants
Other (state)
     

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