Risk Asessment

  1. Hazards

We identify the following potential hazards for our members when out walking:

  • Falling over on uneven ground with the risk of fractures etc.

  • Slipping on muddy or icy paths and thereby causing injury.

  • Falling behind on a walk and not knowing where the group is.

  • Crossing roads and walking on roads where there may be traffic danger.

  • Crossing fields containing livestock which could be aggressive.

  • Being caught out in deteriorating weather with inadequate clothing/footwear.

  1. Who might be harmed?

Any member out walking

  1. Control Measures

  • All walk leaders must read the Guide to Safety (Leaders) before leading a walk.

  • All new members must read the Guide to Safety (Members) before participating in their first walk.

  • All members must wear suitable clothing and adequate footwear as specified in the Guide to Safety (Members).

  • All members must carry a basic first-aid kit and a survival bag to deal with minor incidents.

  • Walk leaders must be able to give a grid reference to emergency services in the event of a serious accident.

  • On road sections, groups must maintain single file and if possible face oncoming traffic. Leaders should identify suitable crossing places in advance.

  • When crossing fields containing livestock, members must walk quietly and calmly and the Leaders must keep the group together.

  • A back marker must be appointed for groups of 10 or more members.

  • No unnecessary risks are taken in bad weather conditions. Leaders must make an assessment on the day and, if necessary, they are to change or cancel the planned walk.

  • All leaders have the authority to prevent anyone from walking with them if the member is unsuitably dressed or shod, or if the leader considers the member may not be fit enough to complete the walk.

  1. This Risk Assessment is given to all committee members and walk leaders and is published on the club website.