Econet Risk Assessment [Base Document]
Assessment: Coronavirus (Tasks)

Scope: All Tasks

Assessment Summary: Coronavirus (Tasks);

Coronavirus (Tasks)
Last updated: 28/09/2020 22:11:02
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Contracting or transmitting coronavirus infection
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers; general public
  • Contact with infected person
  • Contact with contaminated surface or material
  • Tasks must be organised in accordance with current guidance with particular reference to but not exclusively, social distancing (currently 2 metres), number of volunteers (see below) and the use of face coverings (see below). See
  • No more than 6 volunteers including the leader may participate in a task. This number will be regularly reviewed taking into consideration government guidance and local circumstances and may be reduced without notice if required to do so.
  • Where representatives of the site are to join the task the number of volunteers participating may be reduced, if not the task may proceed at the task leader's discretion providing the additional number of participants is no more than 2. Note: A 'representative of the site' refers to someone covered by insurance other than that of Econet.
  • To provide extra volunteering opportunities Econet may organise additional tasks. Each task must have its own leader and own tools, provision of tools for each task by one individual is not permitted. No more than two tasks must be organised at the same location in the same timeframe i.e. in the morning, afternoon or evening of the same day, and the start times of such tasks must be at least 15 minutes apart.
  • The task leader must ensure they have the contact details of those participating, preferably including a telephone number, which Econet will pass to the Contact Tracing Service if requested. See
  • Anyone who has had symptoms of coronavirus in the last 14 days or lives in a household where someone has had symptoms in this period, should not participate.
  • Anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus in the 7 days following a task should inform the task's leader who will then notify the other participants irrespective of the involvement of the Contact Tracing Service.
  • Tasks should be located so as to minimise contact with others.
  • Volunteers should bring their own gloves, hand sanitiser and refreshments, these will not be provided by Econet.
  • A face covering may be worn at the individual's own discretion, see following for the current guidance on the use face coverings for outdoor working See below regarding first aiders.
  • Volunteers should use hand sanitiser at the start and end of the task and before eating or drinking.
  • Whenever possible gloves should be worn.
  • Volunteers must not share tools.
  • Volunteers will be encouraged to bring their own tools providing such tools are fit for purpose.
  • When distributed and again when returned, Econet tools should be wiped down with sanitiser, wearing gloves and keeping the handling of the tools to a minimum. Use hand sanitiser both before and after.
  • When retrieving from and returning Econet tools to storage, wear gloves and keep the handling of tools to a minimum. Use hand sanitiser both before and after.
  • After use Econet tools should be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours.
  • First aiders must read and regularly review the guidance given by St John Ambulance and the HSE on the delivery of first aid. First aiders should consider wearing a face mask when providing first aid. See and
  • In deciding whether to participate in our activities, individuals must consider their own circumstances. Those aged 70 and over are deemed vulnerable and should take extra care whatever their state of health as should those shielding.
  • If you have the symptoms of coronavirus but have a negative test result you may still be infected and should take precautions not to infect others while the symptoms persist. Details of the main symptoms can be found at
  • To minimise the risk of transferring the virus on contaminated tools, Econet may offer to loan tools.
  • If a volunteer's own tools are lost or damaged Econet will consider reasonable requests for compensation.

   Econet's Health and Safety Policy can be found at

   28 September 2020 22:11 T1909293492