Session 5:
Carrying out risk assessments

At the end of this session you will be able to:

  • State the hazards on 4 types of farms; Dairy, Beef, Sheep and Arable
  • State the level of risk each hazard carries
  • State the 5 steps to risk Assessment
  • Carry out a risk assessment

Recap of how to carry out a Risk Assessment

Think about what might cause harm to people in your workplace and decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent or control that harm.

  1. Think about the hazards – Look around your workplace and think about what may cause harm (these are called hazards). What is it about the activities, processes or substances used that could injure or harm you, an employee or a member of the public/visitor?
  2. Look at who might be harmed and how – For each hazard, think how employees or others such as contractors, visitors or members of the public might be harmed – it will help you identify the best way of controlling the risk. Ask your employees what they think the hazards are.
  3. Decide how you will control the risks – Decide how likely it is that harm will occur and what to do about it. You are not expected to remove all risks, but you must make sure you know what the main ones are and what you should do to manage them responsibly.

Look at the controls you already have in place and ask yourself:

  • Can you get rid of the hazard altogether?
  • If you can’t get rid of a hazard, how can you control the risk so that harm is unlikely?

Managing risks and risk assessment at work

The following movies shows the main risks on the 4 types of farms.

Play the movie and note down the hazards.

Allocate the level of risk to the hazard.

Complete a risk assessment for each hazard.

Dairy Farm

Beef Farm

Sheep Farm

Arable Farm

Download Worksheet


This session gives the learner the chance to carry out risk assessments in a variety of situations.

Highlighting the risks associated with Cattle, Farm Machinery and carrying out farm tasks is the first step to reducing the incidence rate of accidents.

This keeps everybody safe on a farm.