Risk Assessment

Cambridge Ghost Hunters – RISK ASSESSMENT AND HAZARD REDUCTION

Upon our arrival, members of our team will liaise with the location manager and carry out a risk assessment of the premises. Any risks identified are communicated to guests during the initial briefing.

If the location manager provides us with a safety pack or pre-organised risk assessment, we will use this where appropriate.

Our activities present a low risk to the team and to members of the public. We do not have any individual risk assessments for our equipment or activities as they are strictly controlled to reduce harm. Any first aid or incidents which cause harm will be communicated to the location manager, following on-site procedures where possible. We conduct our risk assessment systematically and we attempt to consider all of the foreseeable risks which are associated with our activities (for which we are insured) and the location.

These are our working principles:

  • Hazard: Anything with the potential to cause harm, uneven flooring, low lighting, electricity, hazardous substances and noise are examples of typical hazards.
  • Risk: The likelihood that damage, loss or injury will be caused by a hazard and how severe the outcome may be.

We follow Health and Safety Executive recommendations and adopt an approach in five steps:

  • identify the hazards associated with on-site activities;
  • identify who could be harmed by those hazards;
  • identify how we manage the risks at present and what further steps might be required to reduce the risks further. These are our control measures;
  • record the findings of our assessment and inform those at risk of the controls during the initial briefing;
  • review the risk assessment on a regular basis, e.g. if the staff, the activity, or the equipment used change.

ASSESSMENT FORM (ONSITE)

 

Identified Hazard

Risk Control Measure Controlled Risk
Working with minimal or no lighting Low Medium High Ensuring that all team and guests have a torch, torches are supplied to anyone who does not have one. Low Medium High
In the event of uneven Flooring – danger of tripping / stumbling in the dark Low Medium High Alert guests / team during briefing and remind upon entry –  use torches when moving about/make sure all team and guests remain together and have ample light Low Medium High
In the event of Low Ceiling Height Low Medium High Alert guests / team during briefing and remind upon entry – use torches when moving about Low Medium High
When using boiler urn/unit and electrical services Low Medium High Alert staff and make sure that only designated staff use urn and any other electrical services. Low Medium High
One member of team is mildly disabled and uses hearing aids Low Medium High Team member uses strategy’s to participate and other team members assess venues for any potential hazards before event, team member may be given a tour with lights on if deemed necessary Low Medium High
Team member or Guest is pregnant Low Medium High Team member or Guest will not be able to attend or be asked to leave investigation Low Medium High
Team member or Guest becomes unwell or injured Low Medium High Designated team members will assess the situation and where possible remove the injured/unwell member to a safe area, in the case of a serious illness/injury the host will be contacted and emergency services contacted. Low Medium High