Risk Assessment Form King’s Church Bus
|Identify the hazards
|Decide who may be harmed
|Evaluate the risks & decide on precautions
|Bus users running onto the road
|All users, especially young children
|There is a risk of children running out of the bus and onto the road. To minimise the risk, always park the bus with the doors onto the footpath or grass area. Don’t allow young children to leave the bus without parents or a responsible carer. Portable barrier to be extended from bus door along pavement (1m long)
|There are steps to get on and off the bus
|All users, especially young children and elderly
|There is a risk of people falling down the steps. To minimise the risk, the steps are marked with hazard tape. There is a “Mind the Step” sign clearly visible at both sides of the step. Workers should watch the entrance way and offer to help any users who may require assistance
|Children using scissors, other users falling
|There is a first aid box at the front of the bus. It is recommended that there is always a first-aider available when clubs are run on the bus
|There is an extremely low risk of fire. The bus runs on diesel which is not easily flammable. There is not much flammable material on the bus. In the event of a fire, users can exit the bus by the front door or, in an emergency by the emergency exit at the rear. These exits should always be kept clear and not obstructed. There is a fire extinguisher at the front of the bus near to the driver’s door.
|Door between entrance and rest of bus
|The door should either be kept closed (to keep heat in during the winter) or fastened back with the hook provided to avoid risk of trapping fingers.
|No user should be allowed into the drivers cockpit, especially children.
|Only adults should open these windows to minimise the risk of trapping fingers in the window
|Back emergency Door
|There is a steep drop out of the emergency exit at the back of the bus. This door should not be opened except in an emergency. Leaders should watch to ensure that no children are playing with the handle
|There is a low risk of injuries caused by using the Table Tennis table, Table football or swingball that are available for use on the bus. These activities need to be supervised by a suitable adult to ensure that they are operated safely and that no-one is injured. They must be positioned at least 4 metres away from any road. There is a risk of children running after balls from this equipment. The supervising staff member should stand between the equipment and the road to ensure that no children run onto the road whilst using the equipment. The equipment must only be assembled and dismantled by trained adults. Any children misusing the equipment must be asked to stop, to avoid harm to other children.
|In the winter there may be a gas heater on the bus. There is a small chance of gas leakage. There is a carbon monoxide detector to detect if this is the case. This alarm should be tested regularly by pressing the “test” button
|The environment of the event
|Risk level; Medium Make sure that any litter that is dropped is cleared away after the event.
|In Transit – items flying around
|The driver or passengers
|The bus is only insured to carry 5 passengers. When the bus is in transit, the moveable items like chairs and tables should be fastened down with straps to prevent them flying through the air in the event of a collision. There are several fastening points around the bus, including the steel frames of the bolted down chairs. Tables can be laid flat on the floor and placed behind chairs or bulkheads so that they can’t move forward. Loose items should be placed in the lockers under seats.
|Risk of electric shock
|There are a couple of 240V sockets on the bus and fluorescent lights that run off 240v. These are only empowered if the bus is “plugged in” to an external power point. In this event, plug sockets should not be touched and covered with safety sockets. Any electrical items used should be Pat tested. Likewise, the ceiling lights should not be touched by users. There is also a low voltage lighting system and a music player that runs off a 12v battery. The battery is housed in a safe cupboard which should only be accessed by trained leaders. The LED low voltage lights should not be touched by any users.
|Those driving the bus
|Only suitably qualified people should drive the bus. This includes those with a bus/coach licence, drivers of HGV vehicles and those that have passed the King’s Church driving safety test.