Example risk assessments

Note: These examples are meant as indicative guidance only, particular circumstances will vary and alternative control measures may be necessary.


  • Activity - take into account the whole process from beginning to end and then identify each hazard
  • Identify the hazards - a hazard is something with the potential to cause harm
  • Who/what may be harmed
  • Risk
    • Likelihood of occurrence
    • Severity of harm (High, Medium or Low)
    • Overall risk
  • Existing control measures (check legal requirements and practice)
  • Recommendations/further action required (establish whether the risk can be removed completely or if not, how it can be reduced)
Activity Identify the hazards Who/what may be harmed Likelihood of occurrence Severity of harm Overall risk Existing control measures Recommendations/further action required
Travelling in a school/college mini bus Students moving about Students and employee Medium Medium Medium Seat belt checked and used. Supervision, competent escort Regular monitoring and surveillance
Travelling in a school mini bus Tampering with doors, windows or interference with the driver or controls Students and employee Medium High High Supervision. Escort sits at back of the bus with clear and uninterrupted vision. Seat belt checked and used. Equipment restrained (as appropriate). Regular monitoring and surveillance
Physical disability – leg strapped Fall, fatigue Student and employee Medium Medium Medium Supervision. Student has been placed in a smaller, less physically demanding group Constant monitoring and surveillance
Swimming lessons Student in danger of drowning in the pool while having a seizure Student Medium High High Student to wear armbands at all times in the pool, except when being given one-to-one instruction. Supervised constantly and all employees are aware of condition All employees to be aware of emergency procedures in case of seizure


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Updated 2023-08-15