Econet Risk Assessment [Friends of Clayfield Copse]
Date: Sunday, 26th November 2023 to Monday, 4th December 2023
Activity: Tree Week Walk 2023

Site: Clayfield Copse, Caversham
Site Manager: Reading Borough Council    Site Contact: Parks Dept., Reading Borough Council (0118) 937 3042
Meeting Point: Car Park, Caversham Park Road    Nearest Postcode: RG4 6AA    Map Ref: SU7256976789 (remain.hurt.chief)

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

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

Coronavirus (Events)
Last updated: 06/08/2022 17:07:09
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.
  • Contact with infected person
  • Contact with contaminated surface or material
  • Activities must be organised in accordance with current government guidance, see
  • Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus or lives in a household where someone has symptoms of coronavirus, or is in any other way feeling unwell, should not participate.
  • Participants should bring their own gloves (if needed) and hand sanitiser.
  • Participants should bring their own refreshments. Always use hand sanitiser before eating or drinking.
  • First aiders should regularly review the guidance given by St John Ambulance, see
Public open space
Last updated: 01/01/2012 00:00:00
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Stress, distress, minor cuts and bruises, sickness
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers, general public
  • Contact with public
  • Abuse or aggression from public
  • Discarded sharps
  • Uncontrolled dogs
  • Dog faeces
  • 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 - Self-guided Walk
Last updated: 03/11/2022 23:01:55
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Fractures; strains; minor cuts and bruises; concussion; serious injury
Typical groups at risk
General public
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Unsuitable clothing and/or footwear for prevailing conditions
  • Falling trees and branches
  • Participants should be aware that paths may be uneven, and muddy and/or slippery after rain or frost.
  • Participates should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the time of year and the prevailing conditions, e.g. stout shoes.
  • Participants should avoid situations which may be more hazardous, e.g. after heavy rain, in windy conditions in woodlands, or at times of day such as late evening, when visibility is likely to be poor.

   Econet's Health and Safety Policy can be found at

   11 November 2023 22:28 T2311264387