A Site Risk-Benefit Assessment (RBA) considers the site where you are running a program. It assesses the hazards specific to the land and shelters, and documents the actions you will take to lower those risks.
An urban park environment may consider fencing, dogs, broken glass or needles alongside trees, shrubs and poison ivy. A dense forest environment may consider the different kinds of plants, shrubs and trees, standing deadwood, loose tree limbs, mushrooms, ponds and roots over the path.
One way to ensure you are seeing all the hazards in a site is to divide it up into layers: ground layer, shrub layer and canopy.
This document needs to be updated regularly. We recommend updating these documents seasonally and after significant weather events.
A Site RBA needs to be created for every playspace you plan to play in. In the case where play unfolds in unexpected and possibly risky ways, or the environment changes (i.e. a heavy rainstorm), a Dynamic Risk-Benefit Assessment will be conducted and we’ll cover that soon!
In the example you see a Site Risk-Benefit Assessment for a children’s program that plays in a busy city park in downtown Toronto.
Reflective Sharing Prompt: Consider a playspace you use with children on the land. Fill in the form for that site.