Hull Geological Society

Hull Geological Society

Generic Risk Assessment


Type of meeting :- Geological Field trip - coastal


This Risk Assessment should be read in conjunction with the Safety Policy; the leader should write a specific risk assessment if the field trip is more hazardous.


ALL PEOPLE TAKE PART AT THEIR OWN RISK - we do have liability insurance but NO accident insurance! Young people (under 18) must be accompanied by a responsible adult. . Members and guests accept lifts at their own risk.

The Leader should give a quick talk to the group about safety , particularly if non-members are present and remind people NOT to wander off or leave without informing the Leader






Safety measures

Falling rocks and landslips


All participants should wear hard hats. Leader must advise people not to climb the cliff or collect specimens from the cliffs if they are unstable. 

Incoming tide


Leader should plan route and time of the event to reduce risk of being trapped by incoming tide. It is best to run the event on a falling tide. High visibility clothing is recommended.


Uneven and slippery surfaces


Leader should plan route to try to avoid clambering over large boulders or walking on soft ground. Leader must warn people at the start of the event to take care when walking.

Risk of burns when using acid to test specimens for carbonate content.


Use only dilute acid. Store the acid securely, preferably in a double container (e.g. a dropper bottle kept in a sealable plastic box or bag). Wash off any excess acid after testing or id water not available dry with a paper towel and dispose of the towel with extra care.

Risk of cuts from hammering


Eye protection is required if participant plan to use geological hammers. The Leader must tell not to hammer if anyone else is standing within a 3 metre radius.


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