Hull Geological Society

Hull Geological Society

Generic Risk Assessment


Type of meeting :- Public walk- countryside geology and scenery

or- - walk for members and guests - countryside geology and scenery


This Risk Assessment should be read in conjunction with the Safety Policy.


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


This is a public walk not a geological field trip. It is assumed that most people attending will not have PPE or geological equipment. The Leader should give a quick talk to the group about safety and remind people NOT to wander off or leave without informing the Leader






Safety measures

Falling rocks and landslips


Leader should plan route to avoid being close to disused quarry faces or scarps.  Leader must tell people not to stand under the exposure or collect specimens from the exposure unless they are wearing hard hats. Leader must tell people not to hammer the exposure.

Uneven and slippery surfaces


Leader should plan route to try to avoid walking on soft ground. Leader must warn people at the start of the event to take care when walking on muddy paths.

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 if water not available dry with a paper towel and dispose of the towel with extra care.

Risk of cuts from hammering


The Leader must tell people to wear eye protection if they use a geological hammer and not to hammer if anyone else is standing within a 3 metre radius.

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