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Urban Site Survey Risk Analysis

Risk Analysis: Urban Site Survey


Date of visit:

Please bear in mind that some site visits will require more than one type of hazard assessment form

Hazard Risk Measures required


Lone working Increased vulnerability to other hazards Good lone working practice and use of the buddy system. Be aware of other people and surroundings and keep to areas with good lighting at night. Carry a mobile phone, personal alarm and first aid kit
Hunger, thirst and fatigue Loss of awareness, poor judgement, increased chance getting lost, increased vulnerability to other hazards Carry sufficient food and water and do not start the day tired, hungry or thirsty. Plan time and realistic targets for fieldwork
Use of geological hammers or other tools Various impacts to the body and danger to others Do not use unless you really must, use gloves and protective goggles. Ensure others are aware of your activity and out of range


Confrontation Harassment, assault or misrepresentation Ensure you have access permission, carry ID and mobile phone, be aware of any potential areas for conflict.

If accompanied, ensure that your colleague is aware of any sensitive issues relating to the site.

Military training areas Unexploded ordinance, accidental shooting, vehicles Liaise with MoD over access and avoid land on or adjacent to firing ranges when in use. Do not touch any suspicious objects


Getting lost Increased chance of hunger, thirst, fatigue or accident Plan your route in advance, carry and use maps and compass
Car parking location Vandalism or theft of / from vehicle Try and ensure secure car parking in a location with good lighting, do not leave valuables on display. Use anti-theft devices if available.
Contaminated sites (biological or chemical hazard) Infection or injury from areas contaminated by rat urine, faeces, medical waste, dead animals, fly-tipped waste, household waste, abandoned vehicles or waste associated with brownfield sites (broken glass, asbestos, etc) Wear appropriate clothing and do not touch any potentially hazardous materials, carry a first aid kit and wash hands before eating, etc
Terrain: uneven ground, made ground, ponds, ditches, rivers, mine shafts, etc Injury caused by slipping, tripping, falling or falling objects. Immersion in deep or cold water leading to hypothermia or drowning Plan route in advance and identify dangerous locations. Keep away from edge of shafts, ditches etc. Ensure boots are well maintained / have a good tread. Wear / carry appropriate clothing and carry mobile phone and first aid kit.
Adverse or extreme weather conditions Increased chance of hunger, thirst, fatigue, injury or getting lost Check weather reports and change / cancel itinerary if necessary. Wear / carry appropriate clothing, carry drinking water and first aid kit.
Abandoned vehicles, machinery or buildings Injury caused by rusty metal, sharp surfaces or falling objects Do not approach abandoned vehicles, machinery or buildings
Uncontrolled / semi-wild animals Injury caused by contact with a wild or dangerous animal Avoid contact and back away. Liaise with landowner if appropriate
Bites and stings Infection, irritation or allergic reaction to insect bites or stings Wear appropriate clothing, use insect repellent and carry first aid kit
Dense undergrowth Injury caused by tripping or cuts / stings from thorns or leaves Wear appropriate protective clothing and exercise caution and carry first aid kit

Additional known risks (ie pre visit)

Canal Cuttings
  • Danger from falling rocks
  • Danger of falling into canal or stepping backwards into water
  • Wearing appropriate clothing
  • Keeping away from water’s edge as far as possible
Road Cuttings
  • Danger from passing traffic
  • Keeping away from kerb edge
  • Wearing high viz jacket
Stream Sections and ravines
  • Danger from flash floods
  • Check weather reports.
  • Avoid lone working
  • Wear appropriate clothing

Additional identified risks (ie post visit)


Recommended Equipment

Clothing Sundries
Waterproofs, walking boots, sun hat, hard hat, sunglasses, Wellington boots, thorn resistant jacket and trousers (items as appropriate) Mobile phone, food rations, water bottle, full water bottle, torch, first aid kit, whistle, maps, compass, survival bag, sun cream (items as appropriate).




Revised: May 2005

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