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Holiday homes - 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. Holiday home risk assessments must be completed by an appropriate person (known as the 'Holiday Home Contact') if your group operates a holiday home that is owned by the MS Society, or where the lease or rental agreement indicates you have upkeep and maintenance responsibilities.

Re-opening MS Society property during COVID

In order for a holiday home to open during the COVID pandemic, the following COVID specific risk assessment and supporting documents must be completed and signed off as COVID safe by the MS Society health and safety team.

  1. HH COVID-19 HS RA - Oct 2020
  2. Staying COVID-19 secure in 2020 - poster
  3. WHO effective handwashing - June 2020
  4. HSV: 921B - COVID-19 guidance sheet

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)

Specific risk assessments

Complete all five risk assessments for your holiday home.

  1. VPRA: 201A - General safety
  2. VPRA: 202A - Fire safety
  3. VPRA: 203A - Hazardous substances
  4. VPRA: 204A - Moving around
  5. VPRA: 205A - 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: 225 - Fire safety plan for holiday homes


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

  1. HSV: 113 - Property defect report form
  2. HSV: 114 - Competent person checks
  3. HSV: 117 - Ladders - detailed visual inspection
  4. HSV: 118 - Building condition form
  5. HSV: 132 - Property induction form
  6. HSV: 132B - Property induction form - vulnerable adult
  7. HSV: 132C - Property induction form - expectant mother
  8. HSV: 132D - Property induction form - contractor
  9. HSV: 132WB - Property induction workbook
  10. HSV: 141 - Manual handling risk assessment
  11. HSV: 210 - Holiday home letter
  12. HSV: 211A - Safety checklist for cleaners
  13. HSV: 212 - Safety checklist for holiday homes

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
  4. HSV: 243 - Holiday homes visitor pack health and safety information

Need support?

Contact your Local Networks Officer in the first instance.

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