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The risk assessment process is designed to ensure that you and the members of your team have
considered the potential risks, taken appropriate steps to mitigate those risks and then make informed
decisions about the residual risks.

QUALIFICATION – in order to work in any Hostile Environment it is compulsory that you have completed
HEFAT (Hostile Environment First Aid Training course (or refresher) within the previous 3 years.

ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO REFUSE - working in Hostile Environments is entirely voluntary and staff have the
absolute right to refuse any trip to any Hostile Environment, without giving reasons, with no adverse
consequences for their career.

All members of the team should read all parts of the form at least once. It is the responsibility of the
individual who completes the form to send it to all members of the team so that they may review the form.

If you are of the view that you have not had enough time to carry out this process to your satisfaction you
must contact your manager or a member of the High Risk Team.

For further information please see or contact:

BBC High Risk Team

BBC Safety High Risk pages (only available to users on BBC Gateway)
myRisks Home - High Risk

International News safety Institute (INSI) Website
International News Safety Institute

Programme / Project Details:

Programme / Project Title:

Responsible Manager and Department:

Dates of Programme / Project:

Outline of Programme / Project:

What is the political/criminal overview of the areas you will be operating in?

Planned schedule:





What are the main risks: how likely and serious would they be and what steps are you taking to mitigate
their severity?

Are there any residual risks after your mitigation procedures?

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Is there in your opinion an increased risk to any member of the team as a result of their gender / age/
ethnicity / religious beliefs / nationality or for any other reason:

Flight Details:


Individuals on Assignment (Data Protection Statement)
Staff Number:
Nationality (including pass no and place of issue/expiry):
Who should be contacted in case of emergency:
Allergies (if known):
Blood Group (if Known):
Date of Hostile Environment Training:

Staff Number:
Nationality (including pass no and place of issue/expiry):
Who should be contacted in case of emergency:
Allergies (if known):
Blood Group (if Known):
Date of Hostile Environment Training:

Staff Number:
Nationality (including pass no and place of issue/expiry):
Who should be contacted in case of emergency:
Allergies (if known):
Blood Group (if Known):
Date of Hostile Environment Training:

(Please add this information for each individual)

Contact numbers for all team members, fixers, sat phones

IMEI Numbers for Mobile phones of Team

Contacts for BBC Production Team and Management

Contacts for any local individuals, NGO's, military who maybe able to assist in case of an

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Communication Plan;
Please refer to Recommended Communications Plan

Is the communication infrastructure inferior to that of Western Europe? If so have you
alternative communications means?

How often will you call in? (specify frequency or times of day (UK or local))

Primary Point of Contact? Name, Number, Role:

Alternate Point of Contact? Name, Number, Role:

Judgements and Equipment

Have you consulted any external sources regarding safety?

Have you consulted High Risk Team and who did you speak to?

Have you consulted the relevant Safety Advisor and who did you speak to?

What safety equipment are you taking (flak jacket/sat phone/ trauma kits etc)?

Please read the BBC generic advice below for relevant hazards to your deployment. Identify if
the assignment team is at any specific risks if you have not mentioned them above and the
mitigation procedures. Click on the appropriate link to read the BBC best practice.

Are those carrying out the assignment are at enhanced risk of:

1   Encountering disease / medical emergency / local health hazard
       Please refer to BBC Medical Advice

       Please state if at risk and what health issues are you at risk of?

       Have you taken any specific measures to minimise the risk?

       Please confirm you have read the medical advice, consulted Occupational Health and are
        up to date with all your vaccinations for trip:

       In case of a serious medical trauma what is your ability and how will you:

            o   Treat the casualty at the point of injury?

            o   Evacuate an individual to specialist medical treatment?

            o   Have you consulted with CEGA and obtained a list of medical facilities?

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2       Encountering Travel conditions inferior to those of the UK:

Roads and Car Travel
         Please read the BBC Advice for Road Movement

         Are the road conditions poor and are you conducting any long distance travel?

         If so what measures are you putting in place to mitigate against an accident?

         Please outline a call in procedure if conducting long distance travel:

Aircraft / Shipping
         Are any of the airlines or aviation companies you are travelling with on the EU Banned
          List ?

         Are you hiring any aircraft / boats / ships for the project? If so have they got the correct
          insurance level?

         Please read the BBC Advice BBC Advice Aircraft & shipping if relevant.

3   Encountering any extreme climatic conditions or extreme environments:

         Are the team operating in an environment out of the ordinary, i.e. a jungle, desert,
          tundra etc?

         If so please read the advice on Extreme environments.

         Have any measures been taken to mitigate operating in the identified environments?

4       Being harmed or injured or encounter aggression due to their activities:

         Crowd Disorder

             o   Are the team likely to be caught up in any crowd disorder situations?

             o   If so please read the Crowd Disorder advice.

             o   What are you doing to mitigate the risk?

         Personal security

             o   Are the team's activities likely to put you at risk of attack / arrest? Detail the
                 nature of threat:

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             o     If so please read the Personal Security Advice and detail what you are doing to
                   mitigate the risk?

         Conflict Zone

             o     Are the team going to be potentially exposed to bombs / bullets / mines?

             o     If yes read Conflict Zone advice

             o     Please detail what measures are being taken to mitigate risk?

         Kidnapped or Detained

             o     Are staff operating in an area with a high threat of kidnap? Please detail nature of
                   threat and groups:

             o     If yes, have staff filled out a Kidnap form and sent through to Tanya Brzeski?

             o     Please read the Kidnap Advice and Protocol

         Hotels

             o     If you are operating in a area with a high terrorist threat, please read Hotel
                   Security Advice and comply with it. Confirm you have done so:

5       Exposed to a natural disaster or extreme adverse weather conditions

         Please identify if staff operating in an area where one of the following has occurred or
          there is a threat of:
             o     Earthquakes :
             o     High Winds :
             o     Storm Surge and flooding:

         If yes detail any measures you are taking to mitigate the risk

         Please read the Disaster coverage advice if relevant

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