Pupils using mobility aids: template risk assessments

Use and adapt our risk assessment templates to address potential hazards for pupils in wheelchairs or who use crutches. Be clear on the hazards you need to consider and see example risk assessments.

Last reviewed on 3 October 2022
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  1. Download our template risk assessment
  2. There are additional hazards for electric wheelchair users
  3. See an example risk assessment from a local authority

Download our template risk assessment

Use this template before a pupil who uses a wheelchair starts or returns to school. The person responsible for health and safety in your school (usually the headteacher) should fill it in.

You'll want to:

  • Consult:
    • The pupil and their parents
    • Any staff members who may be affected, including teachers and site staff
  • Adapt it based on the specific circumstances of your school

You might also need to consult the wheelchair manufacturer, and the health professional in charge of the pupil's wheelchair provision, for further guidance on potential risks and how the wheelchair can be controlled.

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Make sure you have a personal emergency evacuation plan (PEEP) to go alongside this assessment.