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Day Visits: Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment for School Day Visits to CAT

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List of hazards:

  • Slips, trips, cuts and bruises.
  • Risk of injury if not seated when on cliff railway
  • Getting wet and/or cold from weather
  • Bee and wasp stings
  • Getting wet from falling in lakes/pond. Rocks by lakes and ponds are slippery when wet so caution needs to taken round these areas
  • Unauthorised entry to areas beyond the perimeter of the visitors circuitĀ  including workshops, scree slopes, construction sites or areas undergoing maintenance
  • Pupils leaving site without teachers' knowledge.

People affected by hazards:

  • Teachers and pupils, other visitors

Current precautions:

  • It is advisable to have a teacher/pupil ratio of 1:6 for under 11's and 1:10 for over 11's. We do encourage schools to bring extra adults if possible. Schools are expected to make their own judgement about how closely to supervise groups based on their knowledge of pupils.
  • We advise that suitable clothing be worn.We ask that everyone should remain seated on the train until it has stopped moving.
  • In the introductory talk school groups are advised not to run around while on site
  • Restricted areas are clearly signed and cordoned off. Ensure that pupils are aware of the importance of staying out of these areas.
  • No one under the age of 16 is allowed to travel on the train unaccompanied by an adult.

Level of Risk:


Jo Gwillim

Education Officer

Date of Assessment: 18 June 2008

Reviewed April 2015 John Challen /Christine Maclennan


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