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Case 339 - School risk assessments to be re-done every year

Issue

An Educational Visit Coordinator has been told to re-do risk assessments for all school activities every year, as it is a health and safety requirement.

Panel opinion

There is no legal requirement to re-do risk assessments annually, risk assessments only need to be reviewed if there have been significant changes. It is important that, once risks are assessed, appropriate measures are put in place. Imposing a blanket annual review is likely to lead to "box ticking" rather proper consideration as and when circumstances change and is not an approach which HSE or official guidance endorses.

2014-12-29