Econet Risk Assessment [Friends of Clayfield Copse]
Date: Sunday, 5th September 2021
Activity: Natural Regeneration - a self-guided walk

Description: Continues until Sunday, 3rd October 2021. Walk Guide

Site: Clayfield Copse, Caversham
Site Manager: Reading Borough Council    Site Contact: Parks Dept., Reading Borough Council (0118) 937 3042
Starting 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. "I'm .......... from Conserve Reading on Wednesdays conservation volunteers, we're at .......... today where we are .......... and will be having a bonfire (controlled fire)", you will then be asked for details of site location and a contact number.

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

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



Coronavirus (Events)
Last updated: 20/07/2021 11:06:22
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Contracting or transmitting coronavirus infection
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers; general public
  Insurance considerations
We are advised by our insurers that 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
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 - Walk
Last updated: 04/09/2021 12:16:41
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 (in advertising material) advise on appropriate clothing and footwear and for late evening, night time and early morning walks request that participants provide torches.
  • Before start of walk remind parents (or other accompanying adults) 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.

   4 September 2021 12:36 T2109053710