Generic Risk Assessment

GRA_Reviewed March 08

The Generic Risk Assessment was reviewed and approved by UKSAR Operators Group 4 March 2008.

Health and safety legislation

Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 sets out the general duties of employers to their employees, and section 3 of the Act sets out the general duties of employers to persons other than their employees. Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires all employers to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of his employees and anyone else who may be affected by his undertaking, for the purpose of identifying measures he needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions of health and safety law.

Occupational health and safety legislation does not apply to established civilian volunteer search and rescue teams who do not employ anyone. However the extent of the chief officer’s obligations under occupational health and safety legislation to persons other than employees, in respect of both members of established civilian teams deployed by and acting on behalf of the chief officer, and persons affected by the activities of such teams, is not clear. It is recommended therefore that the attached generic risk assessment (GRA) be adopted by both police officers and volunteers.


Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003