Risk Assessments

The H.S.E. promote a Five Steps to Risk Assessment model which provides us with a working model that aids us in identifying hazards , who might be at risk and the controls needed to safeguard those who might be harmed.

  • Step 1 – Look for the hazard
  • Step 2 – Decide who might be harmed
  • Step 3 – Evaluate the risks arising from the hazards and decide whether existing precautions are adequate, or should more be done
  • Step 4 – Record your findings
  • Step 5 – Review your assessment from time to time

Braintree Canoeing Club have defined some Generic and Site / Activity Risk Assessment for use in regular events that are run by the club.

Generic risk assessment is important because it formalizes our thinking and gives consistency to the way an organisation works or an event or activity might take place. They offer basic core principles, which can then be applied and adapted. They can encourage a more proactive approach to preparation, through training and equipment that might be carried.

Site / Activity specific risks are really quite unique to a specific location – given the overall range of other factors which may possibly prevail on that location.

It is important to be realistic about risk assessment in paddlesport activity, therefore it is sensible to identify only the significant hazard/s which are present in the actual activity and the chances of these being harmful (i.e a risk.) .

Our Risk Assessment documentation is posted here:

For further information please see: BC Risk Management and Risk Assessment