The inspecting officer will then calculate a rating score for each hazard based on the severity of each hazard and its potential to cause injury to the occupiers. This assessment will be based on the risk to the potential occupant who is most vulnerable to that hazard.
For example, stairs constitute a greater risk to the elderly, so for assessing hazards relating to stairs they are considered to be the most vulnerable group. The very young as well as the elderly are vulnerable to low temperatures. In simple terms, the greater the risk, or more serious the outcome, the higher the overall score.
Scores are divided into ten hazard bands, A to J. Band A is the most serious and Band J the least serious. Hazards that fall into Band A, B and C are Category 1, which we have a duty to deal with. Those in Bands D to J are Category 2, which we may deal with if it is deemed appropriate.