Risk Assessment for:
Completed by IAN FELTON
Signed: Date: Feb 2017
Student rider may not ride an unfamiliar school motorcycle until they are
satisfied that the bike is set up correctly for them, and they have familiarised
themselves with the controls etc. This is normally done with the help of an
instructor at BikerZ Rider Training
- Motorcycles and helmets must meet the approved specifications
to be highly visible. Helmets must display a sticker (preferably affixed by the
helmet supplier) warning others not to remove helmet after an accident
unless medically qualified to know the dangers of doing so.
- When a helmet becomes faulty, or has been damaged or reached the
end of the manufacturer’s recommended life, it needs to be disposed of by
BikerZ Rider Training. They ensure that the helmet
cannot be re-used by cutting the straps off and writing ‘Do not use’ in
permanent marker on it.
- Instructors/Student Motorcycle riders wear a fluorescent waistcoat or jacket whilst riding
and ride with dipped headlights to be conspicuous to others
- Working procedure must comply with Lone worker risk assessment
- Instructor rider and motorcycle must comply with Work-related Road Safety, including not riding if they are unwell
- Hazards to motorcycle riders on training sites must be reported (to
Ian Felton) and made safe as soon as possible. Eg potholes may need to be covered by a cone, or patches of grit swept away.
- Hazards to motorcycle riders on the approach to a site used by BikerZ RT must
be reported to the relevant authority/site manager.
- Route learning can be carried out on a motorcycle, as long as the rider
does not put themselves at risk, and only consults route directions/maps when stopped.
- BRT business should be carried out on BRT motorcycles where possible,
or approved motorcycles hired by BRT, rather than privately-owned bikes.
- Motorcycle and radio repairs/servicing/part replacements only to be carried
out by persons approved .
- Recovery service available for all BRT motorcycles. Relevant staff should
be supplied with means of communicating with the recovery service in case
there is no telephone nearby.
- Incidents such as ABS braking suddenly reverting to hydraulic due to a
fault need to be reported to Ian Felton
. If BRT bike ABS light comes on then the machine should be taken off road immediately.
- At least one training slot a month allowed for cleaning and a more in-depth
maintenance of BRT motorcycles, with provision for additional slots being
made available for this purpose if and when necessary (up to one training slot
per week). All Staff are allowed adequate time to carry out a safety check of a BRT
motorcycle before using it.
- Do not run motorcycle engine inside buildings at any time to avoid build-up of fumes.
Training on and Off site
- Manoeuvres have been carefully laid out and trialled to ensure that the manoeuvres are carried out as safely as possible. This included the move from carrying out an emergency stop on the road to instead using a much safer environment .
BRT Site is of a DVSA approved size and layout to allow safe manoeuvres.
-DVSA MMA is of an approved size and layout to allow safe manoeuvres
- MMA is laid out so that bikes are not likely to run into fence. Layout of
manoeuvres must not be altered .
- Surfaces of sites are level with no depressions/humps/grooves etc that could
interfere with the steering of a motorcycle.
- Surfaces are in good repair, with no holes or puddles. Any damage is reported
to Site owner immediately. Minor damage or standing water must be
assessed by the trainer to decide whether training can still continue. It
may depend on the position relative to the test route and manoeuvres.
- BRT Site/MMA do not have any sudden changes in level that could cause an
accident, eg unguarded steps, steep slope, deep-set drain cover
- Surface is preferably gently sloped to allow rain run-off
- Surface is fixed, i.e. no gravel
- Surface kept clear of contamination, eg oil, leaves, bolts, glass. Area
checked before each use to ensure that the surface is safe, especially after
non motorcycle training use.
- No drain covers, paint markings etc that could cause a skid
- No sudden drops (or other hazards) on far side of boundary that could
cause further injury to anyone crashing into the fence or similar.
- Cone positions and white lines on MMA are permanently marked to
provide a safe and consistent layout.
- BRT Instructors to position themselves carefully to avoid being hit by a motorcycle
whilst manoeuvres are being carried out.
- BRT Instructor wears high visibility clothing when on BRT/ MMA.
- Trainees are given clear instructions prior to each manoeuvre
-Instructors trained to deal with small oil/fuel spills on site. Large spills require a local external contractor (via our Site owner) to remove the contamination before that section of the
area is used for training. On DSA sites spills need to be
reported to Site manager. All contaminated areas to be marked with cones
- Secure, safe boundary to prevent animals and children gaining access
during training. Warning notices may need to be displayed if there is
any chance of unauthorised persons wandering into the training area
-BRT site/MMA Area cannot be used if ice may be present, or snow is present. The area
cannot be gritted/salted as this may be hazardous to the riders.
- Dipped headlamps switched on whilst riding on the site
Module 2/On-road training
- Instructors fit candidates belt-mounted radios securely to the front or side
of their bodies to minimise injury should they fall from the motorcycle.
Instructors trained to leave sufficient space between themselves and the vehicle
infront to prevent them colliding with the vehicle in front.
The room is well ventilated. Exit door/route is clearly displayed. Suitable seating is provided for both Instructor and Students. Max occupancy 3 persons. Heating is provided when needed. All electrical appliances are PAT Tested.
BRT staff - Motorcycle Instructors are trained on how to lift a fallen motorcycle should
they need to. They are taught to not attempt to lift a fallen motorcycle by
themselves unless they feel they are able to do so without injury, or it is an
emergency. They should ask for assistance where possible. They are not obliged to lift a fallen bike.
- Motorcycle specification includes a suitable grab handle for placing the
motorcycle on the centre stand to minimise manual handling injuries
- Suitable Jackets Helmets Gloves and footwear (boots or shoes) are required at all times for
Training on the BRT site/MMA or on Roads
- There is a remote possibility that a motorcycle could catch fire on the MMA, or on the road. In the history of BRT a motorcycle fire has never happened .
The provision of fire extinguishers are readily available but raises issues of regular training, checks, expiry dates, being carried on the motorcycle, manual handling to and from the training area for each lesson, etc. It has therefore been decided that the priority is to evacuate the area around the fire and raise the alarm, and not to provide fire extinguishers which may encourage staff to take unnecessary risks.
Assault - BRT staff –
All incidents to be reported to Ian Felton.
Vibration - BRT staff - Modern motorcycles provided and suitably maintained
Noise - BRT staff - Choice of good quality full-face helmets offered to BRT motorcycle riders
Instructors have volume adjustments for their earpieces.
- Candidates are shown by Instructors how to adjust the volume on the radio
headsets so that they can set it at a suitable level.
- Instructors must be allowed time between motorcycle lessons to enable
them to change into comfortable clothing and suitable footwear.
- BRT motorcycle riders are exposed to vehicle pollution on the road, but
pollution-minimising legislation controls the levels as well as possible
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