Case 14 - Is a risk assessment necessary to serve tea at a school fete?


The complainant queried whether a risk assessment was necessary to serve tea at a school fete

Panel decision

Health and safety is often wrongly blamed for preventing organisations from running events and people from volunteering.

A risk assessment for running a school fete will be appropriate but it is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible and proportionate measures to protect helpers and young children from risks that cause real harm and suffering.

The organisers need to make a straight forward assessment of the risks. There is no need to do a separate risk assessment for serving tea.