Econet Risk Assessment [Friends of Clayfield Copse]
Date: Sunday, 6th December 2020  (14:00 - 16:00)
Event: Afternoon Guided Tree Walk

Site: Clayfield Copse, Caversham
Site Manager: Reading Borough Council    Site Contact: Andy Gillespie (0118) 937 3042
Meeting Point: Car Park, Caversham Park Road    Nearest Postcode: RG4 6AA    Map Ref: SU725767 (remain.hurt.chief)

Bonfires: Notify Fire Service if having bonfire, telephone no. 0118 945 2888 and ask for the Control Room; call both before fire lit and at end of day when leaving site.

A&E:
Royal Berkshire Hospital (3.8m)
London Road, Reading, RG1 5AN Telephone: (0118) 322 5111

Assessment Summary: Coronavirus (Events); Public open space; Event - Guided Walk;



Coronavirus (Events)
Last updated: 22/09/2020 21:48:39
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Contracting or transmitting coronavirus infection
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers; general public
  Hazards
  • Contact with infected person
  • Contact with contaminated surface or material
Controls
  • Activities must be organised in accordance with current guidance with particular reference to but not exclusively, social distancing (currently 2 metres), maximum number of participants and the use of face coverings. See www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
  • 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 www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works.
  • 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.
  • Activities should be located so as to minimise contacts with others.
  • Participants should bring their own gloves (if needed) and hand sanitiser.
  • Participants should bring their own refreshments, these will not be provided by Econet. Always use hand sanitiser before eating or drinking.
  • A face covering may be worn at the individual's own discretion in accordance with current guidance. See below regarding first aiders.
  • 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 https://www.sja.org.uk/get-advice/first-aid-advice/unresponsive-casualty/how-to-do-cpr-on-an-adult/ and https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/first-aid-and-medicals/first-aid-certificate-coronavirus.htm.
Notes
  • 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 www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms.
Public open space
Last updated:
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Stress, distress, minor cuts and bruises, sickness
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers, general public
  Hazards
  • Contact with public
  • Abuse or aggression from public
  • Discarded sharps
  • Uncontrolled dogs
  • Dog faeces
Controls
  • If available, place warning signs at approaches to work area.
  • Keep paths clear of tools and debris.
  • Avoid volunteers working in isolation.
  • If confronted be conciliatory, avoid aggravating situation; be prepared to walk away.
  • If sharps found, do not touch or move, highlight location and advise site owner or manager.
  • Warn volunteers of possibility of dogs causing a distraction by entering the work area.
  • Warn volunteers of likely presence of dog faeces.
  • If practical, remove dog faeces from work areas using bags or burying where unlikely to be disturbed. Avoid skin contact.
Event - Guided Walk
Last updated:
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Crush injuries; back strains; minor cuts and bruises; abuse of trust; distressed children and adults; verbal abuse; sickness and diarrhoea
Typical groups at risk
Volunteer leaders; general public
  Hazards
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Unsuitable clothing and/or footwear for prevailing conditions
  • Children and young people becoming separated from parents
  • Unsupervised access to children
  • Physical and verbal aggression from participants
Controls
  • Leader(s) to walk route in advance noting hazards and removing where possible.
  • Advise participants at start of walk and remind on route of possible hazards.
  • Before start of walk (in advertising material) give details of terrain and likely conditions and repeat before start of walk.
  • Before start of walk remind parents that they are responsible for their children.
  • Leader(s) must avoid becoming isolated with children.
  • Avoid volunteers working in isolation.
  • If confronted be conciliatory, avoid aggravating situation; be prepared to walk away.

   Econet's Health and Safety Policy can be found at www.econetreading.org.uk/admin.

   21 November 2020 13:56 T2012063513