'Generic risk assessments' (GRAs) let the reader know the risks to be aware of and how to reduce them whilst performing a particular activity. GRAs are risk assessments, which contain information of the conditions and hazards for that particular activity.

Before carrying out an activity, two assessments will have had to be made, one for the site (site risk assessment - SRA), and another for the particular activity (GRA). The GRA has to be used in conjunction with the SRA form, and could potentially have the same actual risks recorded. However, the overlapping risks in each documents are of equal importance.

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Completing a GRA

Significant hazards and associated risks

Examples of potential hazards, which may result in serious harm or affect several people:

  • Weather
  • Terrain (slipping/tripping/falling)
  • Water
  • Exhaustion
  • Getting lost
  • Absconding
  • Falling tree branches/undergrowth

Other examples related to an activity:

  • Fire
  • Camp cooking
  • Tools
  • Fungi, nuts, and berries
  • Carrying/lifting branches
  • Blindfolds

Those who might be harmed

Persons at risk from the significant hazards identified could be either:

  • All participants
  • Adults/Staff
  • Those concerned
  • Other groups
  • Pupils/young people

Control measures (CM’s):

Controls, including relevant sources of guidance. This may include:

  • How to control the risk and hazard
  • Good practices that control risks and hazards
  • Specific CM’s not included in the GRA  (e.g. briefings, qualifications/experience of supervisors)

Additional CM’s required?

If existing CM’s cannot be met or circumstances have changed.

Residual Risk Rating

Due to the CM's is the risk or hazard now high/medium/low.

Specific Activities

If there are specific CMs for particular activities then place them in at the bottom of the GRA.