To download a copy as a Word document, click: .PROBUS Organised group walks – risk assessment
Please complete a copy for every walk, and keep this for 1 month after the date of the walk.
The content of the Risk Assessment is shown below:
|Walk Leader||Date of walk|
|Date of risk assessment|
|Date of recce|
|COVID-19 Possible hazards
Who might be harmed and how?
|Ways to control the risk
|Transmission of COVID-19 through close contact / meeting other people
|Walkers, members of the public – risk of spreading COVID-19||Plan the walk for a less busy time.||¨|
|Avoid particularly busy or narrow routes where physical distancing is not possible.||¨|
|Give clear information about limiting the group size in line with government guidance.||¨|
|Remind walkers beforehand about the guidelines, including on travel & transport ( i.e. minimise car sharing )||¨|
|Advise walkers at the start of the walk to maintain physical distancing, and what to do at any pinch points or road crossings – this is everyone’s responsibility.||¨|
|Suggest walkers carry face covering in the event of incidents||¨|
|Maintain a record of who attended the walk for contact tracing.||¨|
|Transmission of COVID-19 through touching gates, stiles, fences or equipment||Walkers, members of the public – risk of spreading COVID-19||Avoid touching gates and path furniture, where possible.||¨|
|Suggest walkers bring hand sanitiser.||¨|
|Advise walkers not to share food, drink or equipment such as walking poles.
|Other possible hazards
| Who might be harmed and how?
|Ways to control the risk
(including extreme temperatures)
|Walkers – risk of illness and injury, risk of the group being stranded||Check the weather forecast and postpone/cancel if necessary. Advise walkers to bring suitable clothing and items for the conditions.||¨|
|Busy roads||Walkers – risk of vehicle collisions||Avoid routes along busy roads and/or check for suitable crossing places on the recce.||¨|
|Steep, slippery or muddy sections.||Walkers – risk of trips/slips||Check for muddy/slippery sections on the recce and adapt the route if necessary. Advise walkers to bring suitable footwear for the conditions.||¨|
|Livestock||Walkers – risk of injury
Risk of property damage if livestock escape
|Cross fields with livestock calmly and quietly, keeping the group together. Be prepared to divert around livestock if necessary.||¨|
|Follow the Countryside Code (England & Wales) and Access Code (Scotland). Leave gates and property as you find them.||¨|
|Follow any local warnings or signs, and advise walkers to keep away from the edge.||¨|