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Example risk assessments

It's sometimes daunting starting from a blank page, so we’ve provided some example risk assessments to help get you thinking about what you may include in yours, or how this may look.

Remember the template we provide is just that, and if you have an alternative template you are comfortable with that is OK to use to. You can use templates, online applications, record your risks in OSM against the activity or the section, even making simple notes or annotating your session plans can document your thinking through the risk assessment process. If writing it down is a challenge then talk it through with others who can help with the documenting or even do an audio recording if that best suits.

Make sure that however you choose to document your risk assessment it is clear to anyone who reviews it.


  • A risk assessment is only effective if you and leadership team act on it. You must follow through with any actions required and review it on a regular basis.

  • Don’t just copy the examples, your circumstances are unique and so you need to do a risk assessment appropriate to your setting, making sure you are clear on the hazards and controls.

  • Even if the hazards you see are the same as in the examples, the controls may differ, so make sure you are being clear on what you will be doing in your location to control the risks and then follow through on these controls.

Examples of recording methods for risk assessment:

See below examples of ways in which you could record risk assessments.

It's important to know what things aren't so helpful in a risk assessment or could be made clearer, here's an example of a risk assessment with elements which could be improved.