LCV Risk assessments

COVID-19 outbreak: On 2021-04-20 the Scottish Government released an update to the Coronavirus restrictions in force. The relaxation of restrictions is proceeding according to plan and indicates the general level of risk is acceptable. Our tasks in the Edinburgh area resumed in April and we are now ready to resume tasks elsewhere.

Therefore a task programme to the end of June commencing on 2nd May is now available! Hope to see you on task soon.

The LCV trustees' view is that LCV, a registered charity provides "voluntary and charitable services". These activities are expressly permitted in the relevant legislation for both Level 3 and Level 4 areas. We may adopt other measures (e.g. restricting numbers) where it is appropriate to do so for the safety of our clients and volunteers.

It is a legal requirement that Task Leaders do a risk assessment before the task and update it in the light of circumstances on the day. Your risk assessment does not need to be long or complicated and it doesn't have to be documented (though you may find it easier if you write something down).

In order to carry out risk assessment leaders should:

Risk assessment is largely a matter of being familiar with the site and task in question. LCV has a set of standard risk assessments. These are not intended to be followed blindly and to the letter under all circumstances. Rather, they are intended to act as a guide for a leader conducting their own risk assessment and to suggest hazards and control measures which may not have come to mind.

These standard risk assessments can be found by following these links:

  1.  Guidance Notes
    Approved:
    Mar 2013
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  2.  Site Safety
    Approved:
    Feb 2013
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  3.  Vehicle Operations
    Approved:
    Mar 2013
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  4.  Residential Tasks
    Approved:
    Feb 2013
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  5.  Bonfires
    Approved:
    Mar 2013
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  6.  Bridges and Boardwalks
    Approved:
    Mar 2013
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  7.  Dunes and Beachwork
    Approved:
    Feb 2013
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  8.  Fencing
    Approved:
    Feb 2013
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  9.  Footpaths
    Approved:
    Feb 2013
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  10.  Ponds, Streams and Rivers
    Approved:
    Feb 2013
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  11.  Tree Felling
    Approved:
    May 2014
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  12.  Garage fire safety
    Approved:
    Feb 2013
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  13.  Toolshed fire safety
    Approved:
    Feb 2013
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  14.  Tree Planting and Weeding
    Approved:
    Feb 2013
    Review by:
    Oct 2014
  15.  Winching
    Approved:
    May 2014
    Review by:
    Oct 2014

Additional guidance on using these generic assessments can be found in the LCV risk assessment guidance notes.

Remember to publicise the hazards and risks in the Safety Talk at the start of each task. Also remember to update your risk assessment in the light of any unexpected conditions or changes on site. It is vital that the Task Leader makes their own assessment of the hazards on the day and that any developments are communicated to the volunteers.