Lincolnshire Show: Risk Assessment & Fire Risk Assessment
WHY COMPLETE A RISK ASSESSMENT
If someone comes onto your stand and injures themselves, they can look to seek compensation from you. If you’ve made no effort to complete a risk assessment, or have simply put NO RISK across your form, a court would likely look at this as you not having made any effort to consider the welfare of people coming onto your stand. If, however you have completed a risk assessment, and even if the injury is as a result of a hazard you had not identified in that risk assessment, a court is much more likely to look favourably on you as you’ve shown you’ve considered risks on your stand and taken steps to minimise them.
Once you have completed a risk assessment you can use it again and again at different events, simply “tweaking” and updating it as your stand changes, expands etc. Indeed, if you already operate a risk assessment for your stand, we do not require you to transfer that information onto our form, we are happy to accept a copy of that risk assessment, so long as it is relevant to the setup you will be bringing to the Lincolnshire Show.
The Lincolnshire Agricultural Society has a duty to ensure the safety and well-being of all who attend the Lincolnshire Show, be they visitors, exhibitors or staff/volunteers. As such it forms part of our trade conditions that each stall holder must complete a risk assessment and submit it with their application form.
A risk assessment is an important step in protecting your workers and your business, as well as complying with the law. The Health and Safety Executive produce a useful guide to assist you in producing your risk assessments – the HSE Five Steps to Risk Assessment. A free copy can be downloaded from: www.hse.gov.uk/risk/fivesteps.htm
To access the risks of your trade stand, please follow the five steps:
1. Identify the hazards 2. Decide who might be harmed and how 3. Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions 4. Record your findings and implement them5. Review your assessment and update if necessary 5. Review your assessment and update if necessary