You must conduct a risk assessment at the beginning of the planning process, particularly if you are organising a sporting activity. When considering a venue you must ensure that it is suitable for the activity involved. This is not an onerous task and will save you time in the long run. Remember to ask the venue for sight of their risk assessment as this will prevent duplication of effort.
Your risk assessment should identify practical actions that protect people from harm and injury. For most risk assessments, you don’t need to write a lot – short bullet points can work well.
How to assess risks – the FIVE steps:
- Identify the hazards.
- Decide who may be harmed and how.
- Evaluate the risks and decide on precaution.
- Record your findings and implement them.
- Review your assessment and update if necessary.
You may find the following template, and example of a completed risk assessment, useful.