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Garages - risk assessments

Our property risk management system ensures that you can provide a safe and legal environment for members and visitors at MS Society properties. Garage risk assessments must be completed by an appropriate person (known as the ‘Garage Contact’) if your group operates a garage that is owned by the MS Society, or where the lease or rental agreement indicates you have upkeep and maintenance responsibilities.

If you rent or hire a storage unit, you are not responsible for risk management, but need to ensure you follow the rules put in place by the landlord.

Re-opening MS Society property during COVID

Although there is no specific government legislation regarding garages; all groups must follow the social distancing and hygiene rules as laid out in government guidance

The measures set out below must be met in the usual way.


These documents will give you the background to our property risk management system.

  1. HSV: 000 - Volunteer responsibilities
  2. VPRA: 101 - Property risk assessment (general)

COVID documents

Any group wishing to use their garage must follow the social distancing and hygiene requirments set out by the Government's COVID legislation.

The measures set out below must be met in the usual way.

Specific risk assessments

Complete all five risk assessments for your garage.

  1. VPRA: 501A - General safety
  2. VPRA: 502A - Fire safety
  3. VPRA: 503A - Hazardous substances
  4. VPRA: 504A - Moving around
  5. VPRA: 505A - Manual handling

Emergency forms and information

Ensure you have copies of insurance documents and familiarise yourself with our accident and incident recording and reporting processes, and emergency notices.

  1. Public and Employers liability insurance
  2. Summary of insurance cover
  3. HSV: 122 - Accident report form
  4. HSV: 123 - Incident report form
  5. HSV: 124 - Emergency aid notice
  6. HSV: 125 - Fire and emergency safety plan


The risk assessment includes checklists - you can download them here.

  1. HSV: 112 - Safety checklist
  2. HSV: 113 - Property defect report form
  3. HSV: 114 - Competent person checks
  4. HSV: 117 - Ladders - detailed visual inspection
  5. HSV: 118 - Building condition form
  6. HSV: 132 - Property induction form
  7. HSV: 132B - Property induction form - vulnerable adult
  8. HSV: 132C - Property induction form - expectant mother
  9. HSV: 132D - Property induction form - contractor
  10. HSV: 132WB - Property induction workbook
  11. HSV: 141 - Manual handling risk assessment

Additional guidance

  1. HSV: 146 - Safe lifting and carrying poster
  2. HSV: 147 - Safe use of stepladders poster
  3. HSV: 148 - Your safety matters poster

Need support?

Contact your Local Networks Officer in the first instance.

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