OBUHSN-24 Appendix 1: potential hazards

Feasibility of project

Access

Travel arrangements

Permission to work on the site

Provision for the disabled

Availability of assistance

Accommodation

Insurance

Fitness

Pre-expedition training

Training

Navigation

First-aid

Languages

Interpersonal skills

Hygiene/health education

Specific skills – e.g. diving, chain saws, use of ropes

Health

Health questionnaire

Medical/dental check-up

Vaccination (especially Tetanus)

First-aid kit(s)

Sterile packs

Staffing

Staff to student ratios

Deputising arrangements

Competence of all leaders

Risks inherent in the site

Physical hazards

Extreme weather

Mountains and cliffs

Glaciers, crevasses, ice falls etc

Caves, mines and quarries

Forests (including fire hazards)

Freshwater

Sea and seashore (tides, currents etc)

Marshes and quicksand

Roadside

Biological hazards

Venomous, lively or aggressive animals

Plants

Pathogenic micro-organisms (Tetanus, Leptospirosis etc)

Chemical hazards

Agrochemicals and pesticides

Dusts (COSHH assessments OBUHSN-19)

Chemicals on site (COSHH assessments OBUHSN-19)

Man-made hazards

Machinery and vehicles

Power lines and pipe lines

Electrical equipment

Insecure buildings

Slurry and silage pits

Attack on the person and property

Military activity

Hazards to the environment

Pollution

Disturbance of eco-systems

Waste minimisation

Risks inherent in work

Training

Navigation e.g. map and compass work

Survival/rescue

First-aid

Specialist training, e.g.

Chainsaw

Conduct on boats

Defensive/advanced driving

Diving

Electric fishing

Firearms

Ladders and scaffolding

Tree climbing

Using machinery/vehicles

Chemical hazards

COSHH assessments for the work on site, OBUHSN-19

Biological hazards

COSHH assessments for the work on site, OBUHSN-19

Animals

Plants

Personal safety

Risk of attack

Routine communications

Communications in emergency

Organisation of the fieldwork

Pre-planning

Travel documents

Next of kin & GP notes

Medical problems noted

Appropriate authorities informed (Police, Mountain Rescue, Coast Guard etc)

Catering

Provision of food

Hygiene

Portable water

Food preparation and storage

Fuel for cooking

The group

Leader (experience, qualifications competence)

Chain of command (deputies etc)

Staff to student ratios

Personal inter-group relationships

Size of working groups (maximum, minimum)

Responsibilities for aspects of work

Accommodation

The individual

Lone working avoided

Adequate clothing

PPE provided

Individual trained & fit

Equipment

Fit for the purpose

Used properly

Well maintained

Repairable on site

Need to duplicate

Conduct of fieldwork

Local conditions

Weather forecast

Local knowledge/rules

Farming practices

Itinerary and return times

Appropriate permission sought

Transport

Appropriately licensed driver(s)

Correctly maintained

Correctly loaded

Appropriate spares

Seat belts

Fuel

Maps and navigational aids

The group

Present and correct (roll calls)

Correctly equipped (PPE etc)

Not over-loaded

First-aid kit(s) and emergency equipment

Survival aids

Group size and supervision

Working practices

Lone working avoided

Communication systems

"Buddy" system or lookouts

Provision of shelter

Safety lines, nets, harnesses, boats etc

Safe working systems

Permit to work (confined spaces etc)

Workers trained and fit

Limitations of time spent working

Emergencies

Communication

Protection of remaining party

Evacuation

Recovery of casualties

Chain of command

(Whilst every effort is made to include all appropriate headings, this list may not be comprehensive. Checks should be made to ascertain if there are any further amendments or additions)