Risk Assessment Risk Benefit Template

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Risk Assessment – Risk Benefit Template

Activity Possible dangers What can we do to protect everybody

Circle yes or no for all that apply

Safety measures Likelihood of injury after safety measures implemented Consequences of injury Risk Rating Benefit to children Does benefit outweigh risk? Name Signature Date
eg Climbing trees .Child falls from tree because they overbalance, lose grip etc

.Child falls from tree because branch breaks

.Child sets up their own tree swing eg using rope

.Child bitten by insects or animals that live in tree

·Eliminate risk yes/no

.Substitute for lesser risk yes/no

.Isolate the hazard yes/no

.Minimise the risk eg change equipment/environment

·Implement admin changes eg change policies/procedures  yes/no

·Use personal protective equipment yes/no

 

.Identify suitable trees for climbing

.Get arborist to inspect trees if unsure

.Ensure groundcover is soft and deep enough so injuries from falls are minor

.At least one educator closely supervises children when they climb trees

.Children involved in setting safety rules which apply to climbing trees  eg set maximum climbing height

.Investigate whether climbing tree or another tree suitable for swing

.Identify children who are allergic to insect bites and plants and implement safety measures eg clothing that covers exposed skin

Unlikely Minor Low ·Physical activity

·Problem solving

·Connection with nature

.Creative and imaginative play

.Teaches how to assess risks

.Social interactions

.Long periods uninterrupted play

.Challenging fun environment

.Development of self-confidence and wellbeing

 

yes
Excursion to local park ·Child runs on to road

·Child accesses pond

·Child left behind at park

·Eliminate risk yes/no (no)

·Substitute for lesser risk yes/no (yes)

·Isolate the hazard yes/no (no)

·Minimise the risk eg change equipment/environment (yes)

·Implement admin changes eg change policies/procedures  yes/no (no)

·Use personal protective equipment yes/no (no)

 

·Take route to park which has least traffic

.Excursion rule that children may not go near pond

.Adult helper positioned near pond

.Purchase rope with handles for children to hold as they walk

.Do head count before excursion and as we leave park

Unlikely Moderate Moderate .Connection with local community

.Physical activity

.Opportunity to extend learning during excursion and back in classroom

.Connection with nature

.Development of self-confidence and wellbeing

 

yes

 

 

Activity Possible dangers What can we do to protect everybody

Circle yes or no for all that apply

Safety measures Likelihood of injury after safety measures implemented Consequences of injury Risk Rating Benefit to children Does benefit outweigh risk? Name Signature Date

Risk Matrix

Likelihood
Almost Certain Possibility of occurrence more than 75% expected to occur
Likely Possibility of occurrence between 50% – 75% – probably will occur at some time
Possible Possibility of occurrence between 25% – 50% – may occur at some time
Unlikely Possibility of occurrence between 5% – 25% – could occur at some time
Rare Possibility of occurrence less than 5% – may never occur
 
Source SA Department for Education and Child Development 2015
Consequences
Catastrophic ·         Critical incident. (e.g. Death or permanent disability of adult or child; high level of distress to other parties) • Sustained negative publicity or damage to reputation from a national perspective or from the community welfare perspective
Major ·         Multiple injuries requiring specialist medical treatment or hospitalisation; and/or major occupational health safety & welfare liability incident / issue • Major incident which damages public or parent confidence
Moderate ·         Serious injuries and/or illness. • Complex welfare and/or health care issue • Serious disruption or incident, resulting in distress to children and adults
Minor ·         Minor first aid or minor occupational health safety & welfare liability incident / issue (e.g. minor cuts, bruises, bumps
Insignificant ·         No treatment required

Likelihood

  Insignificant Minor Moderate Major Catastrophic
Almost certain Moderate High High Extreme Extreme
Likely Moderate Moderate High Extreme Extreme
Possible Low Moderate High High Extreme
Unlikely Low Low Moderate High High
Rare Low Low Low Moderate High

Source ACECQA Excursion risk management plan template

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