How will participants get to the site? Is there a vehicle at the site which can be accessed?
If yes what is the condition of the vehicle, how many number of seats does it have and will shuttle runs be needed?
Are there any other options for participants to get to and from the site?
Is the location secure? Eg. Gated compound, locked, security guard. Are there any associated costs?
If the participants are staying onsite, is there lighting at night? Are blackouts common, if so is there a generator on site?
Do you have any concerns about the security of the site if participants are to stay there? If so, investigate suitable control measures. Eg. Team to stay in a hotel, valuables locked in a secure tin
Is the temperature comfortable or able to be controlled?
Are there any exposed wires near water sources, including showers and basins?
Are electrical/light switches in reasonable condition?
Is there, or is there likely to be, any building work going on at the site?
Is there a water source available and is it safe to drink?
Is the water source reliable? What about during dry seasons?
Is there enough water for drinking, washing and cooking?
Are there any potential other health issues present such as sewerage leaks, blocked amenities or spills?
Should participants come totally self sufficient or are there opportunities to top up supplies at a local store or somewhere appropriate?
Is the location hygienic for showering, eating and brushing teeth?
How and where is rubbish disposed of?
Is there any sign of harmful chemicals being used such as pesticides or rat poison?
Ask the project coordinator if asbestos is a potential issue?
Are there any unstable structures such as wooden buildings, rickety stairs, crumbling plaster, patches of damp or rotten beams?
Are evacuation signage/maps present and able to be easily understood?
Is lighting adequate and operational?
Are access and egress paths clear?
Can exit doors be easily opened from the inside?
Is firefighting equipment present and easily accessible?
Are there any fire alarms or smoke alarms?
If stairs are present, are the treads in good condition?
Are hand rails present, safe and secure?
Are first aid kits available and the contents clean and within date?
Where is the nearest hospital or medical facility?
What is the best way to reach that facility and how long will it take?
If participants had to evacuate the local area due to a major emergency how would they best do this?
Are there any animals around the site including dogs, monkeys or snakes?
Ask the project coordinator about any animals, rodents or insects that might pose a problem. Are there any?
Are there any nearby areas that are not safe including busy roads, shops, prisons, waterfalls or other locations?
Besides the participants, is there anyone else on site during the day or at night time?
Ask the program coordinator if locals are often in the area especially in the evening or at night time?
Are there any other safety risks other than what has been asked and how may they be controlled?
In your opinion are there any risks to the health and safety of the participants?
In your opinion are there any risks to the reputation of the organisation?
Is this a safe and suitable location for staff and volunteers to stay at or should another option be sourced?