Hull Geological Society

Hull Geological Society

Generic Risk Assessment


Type of meeting :- geological picnic or barbeque for members and guests

or  barbeque after Geoconservation visit to a quarry form members and guests


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 (under 18) must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Members and guest accept lifts at their own risk.


PPE - normal PPE for a field trip.


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 are advised to wear hard hats if they plan to collect near the cliff. 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 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.

Drink driving


Remind members not to drink and drive if there are alcoholic drinks at the event.

Risk of fire and burns from hot barbeque


Take some water to extinguish the barbecue and ensure responsible disposal, Wear stout heat-proof gloves of attempting to move the barbeque

Food poisoning from barbeque


Separate cooked and raw food and ensure no cross contamination. Use separate utensils for raw and cooked food.


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