Econet Risk Assessment [CRoW (Conserve Reading on Wednesdays)]
Date: Wednesday, 7th April 2021  (10:00 - 14:30)
Activity: Pond creation

Site: Stanlake Meadow Copse, Twyford
Site Manager: Twyford Parish Council    Site Contact: Steve Loyd (0118) 934 5784
Meeting Point: Stanlake Lane    Nearest Postcode: RG10 0BL    Map Ref: SU795758 (salutes.glass.dislodge)
Directions: From Ruscombe (B3024) site is on right just beyond traffic lights and railway bridge. Limited roadside parking adjacent to copse immediately before gates to Stanlake Meadow. View of Meeting Point
Volunteers: By Invitation only.

A&E:
Royal Berkshire Hospital (6.2m)
London Road, Reading, RG1 5AN Telephone: (0118) 322 5111

Volunteer's Tools: Volunteers bring their own tools which must be fit for purpose, at their own risk. The Group cannot accept any responsibility for a volunteer's own tools unless by prior agreement.

Volunteer's Dogs: Dogs should only be brought to sites where they will not disturb wildlife and other livestock and where it is acceptable to the management and other users of the site. Dogs are brought at the owner's own risk, the group cannot accept any responsibility for their wellbeing.

Assessment Summary: Coronavirus (Tasks); General Conservation Activities; Construction (paths, ponds, etc.);



Coronavirus (Tasks)
Last updated: 08/04/2021 11:52:12
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Contracting or transmitting coronavirus infection
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers; general public
  Insurance considerations
From April 2021 our public liability insurance will not provide cover if volunteers or service users claim we are responsible for them catching Coronavirus, or any other infectious disease.
  Hazards
  • Contact with infected person
  • Contact with contaminated surface or material
Controls
  • 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 www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/construction-and-other-outdoor-work. 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 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.
  • 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.
General Conservation Activities
Last updated: 17/06/2020 18:17:08
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Minor cuts and bruises; burns; lower back pain; verbal abuse; electric shock; contracting disease; blisters; sunburn; Lyme Disease
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers; general public
  Hazards
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Contact with hand tools
  • Manual handling
  • Contact with services
  • Contact with traffic
  • Volunteer's dogs
  • Contact with micro organisms
  • Irritant or poisonous plants
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Weather conditions
Controls
  • Keep site and materials tidy.
  • Make safe trip hazards highlighting any where this is not possible.
  • Tools (including volunteer's own) should be in good state of repair and fit for purpose.
  • Where possible tools being transported should be contained within tool bag(s) with blades guarded.
  • Give tools talk at start of task to impart and reinforce knowledge. (Volunteers should know name, purpose and correct manner of use of tools, including carrying techniques, storage, safe working distances and applicable protective clothing.)
  • Set aside damaged or blunt tools for maintenance or to be discarded.
  • Sturdy footwear should be worn.
  • Swinging tools should not be used with gloves (at least not on the hand gripping the tool) or in wet conditions; observe safe working distances.
  • Regularly check that safe working distances are being observed.
  • Tools not in use should be stored in tool bag or laid on ground in clear view where not a trip hazard.
  • Demonstrate safe lifting and handling techniques.
  • If available, use wheelbarrows and other handling aids to move heavier items.
  • Ensure routes for transporting tools and materials are kept clear.
  • Check for services as part of site inspection, mark and avoid. Avoid felling near overhead services. Pole saws must not be used within 15m of overhead electricity cables and power lines. Where underground services suspected, use hand tools for digging within 1m of line, do not use crowbars.
  • Unload vehicles away from traffic. Use tape, warning signs or cones where appropriate. Post lookouts to slow traffic whilst vehicles are manoeuvring.
  • Park vehicles to enable quick access and departure in emergency, and to allow access by emergency services.
  • Protect any cuts, advise all volunteers to ensure tetanus inoculation. Avoid contact with stream and pond water. Wear gloves when handling soil.
  • Warn of possible presence of irritant plants. Wear gloves and long sleeves when working with or near irritant plants; wash exposed skin thoroughly after work.
  • Wear long sleeves if biting insects may be present, use insect repellent. If wasp or bees' nest found, highlight and stop working in immediate vicinity.
  • Provide information about ticks and Lyme disease including symptoms. Advise volunteers to wear boots, long trousers and tops with sleeves to avoid ticks, tuck trousers into socks, and after task to check for ticks and bites and to seek immediate medical advise if they have concerns. Note: Although most common from late spring until autumn, tick bites can occur at any time of the year whenever the conditions exist for ticks to be active.
  • In hot or sunny conditions, keep skin covered and use high factor sun cream on exposed skin; stop work if volunteers ill attired for conditions, in discomfort or the work is increasing in risk.
  • Always wash hands or use cleansing wipes or gel before eating, drinking or smoking.
  • Dogs brought by volunteers to tasks must be well behaved and under the control of their owner at all times, they must not put volunteers or others at risk by causing a distraction or otherwise disrupting the task.
Construction (paths, ponds, etc.)
Last updated: 13/06/2016 18:57:51
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Cement burns; respiratory distress; lower back strains; minor bruises and sprains; twisted ankles; stomach complaints
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers; other site users; general public
  Hazards
  • Contact with hand tools
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Manual handling
  • Contact with treated timber
  • Contact with cement dust and mortar
  • Contact with paint or other chemicals
  • Soil borne infections
Controls
  • Tools: See "General Conservation Activities" risk assessment
  • If using post drivers, mells or similar, hard hats must be worn.
  • Slips, trips and falls: See "General Conservation Activities" risk assessment
  • Demonstrate safe lifting and handling techniques.
  • If available, use wheelbarrows and other handling aids to move heavier items.
  • Ensure routes for transporting tools and materials are kept clear.
  • Divert public away from working area using waring signs if available, and leave safe at end of day.
  • Treated timber should be dry and protective gloves worn when handling.
  • Waste treated timber must be disposed of via waste facility and not burnt.
  • Cement and mortar must be used in accordance with manufacture's instructions (which must be available). Face masks should be used to protect from dust.
  • Chemicals (e.g. fertiliser, pesticide, stump treatment, timber preservative, paint) should only be used with the prior consent of the site owner/manager.
  • Chemicals not available to the general public should only be used by volunteers who have received the relevant training or who are working under the direct supervision of someone who has received such training.
  • Chemicals must be applied in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions which must be available.
  • Recommended protective clothing must be worn when applying chemicals, e.g. PVC/rubber gloves, face masks.
  • Always wash hands or use cleansing wipes or gel before eating, drinking or smoking.
  • Take frequent breaks when undertaking heavy or repetitive tasks such as when hammering or using slasher or strimmer, or alternate with other (lighter) task to reduce risk of strains and injuries associated with vibration and repetitive movement.
PPE
Face masks; Rigger gloves;

Construction (paths, ponds, etc.): Hard hats; PVC/rubber gloves;

Actual items needed may vary according to the task.

Background Information

Lyme Disease
Bacterial infection transmitted from animals to humans by tick bites. Animal hosts include deer, foxes, sheep, squirrels and rodents. Ticks are most active in the early summer and autumn although they may be found at other times. They are often located on tall vegetation in woodlands and heaths from where they can attach themselves to their host. To protect yourself wear long sleeves and long trousers tucked in to your socks. Check for ticks on your return home, if found it should be removed immediately. Removal is best achieved with fine-toothed tweezers, pulling steadily away from the skin.

Only a small minority of tick bites carry Lyme Disease. Symptoms include a red, expanding rash parts of which may clear as it enlarges resulting in a "bull's-eye" appearance. Other symptoms are fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. If you think you may have contacted Lyme Disease please seek medical advise immediate. Treatment is with antibiotics, without treatment a number of serious conditions can arise including a viral-like meningitis, facial palsy, other nerve damage or arthritis.

Further information can be found on the NHS Choices website, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/lyme-disease/

Last updated: 22/03/2021 13:12:20

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

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