Econet Risk Assessment [Friends of Reading Old Cemetery]
Date: Sunday, 11th February 2024  (14:00 - 16:00)
Activity: Wildlife walk

Description: At the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, we'll be looking at the plants and trees that are starting into growth and at the folk law that surrounds them.

Site: Reading Old Cemetery
Site Manager: Reading Borough Council    Site Contact: _________________________________ ___________________ ___________________
Nearest Postcode: RG1 3AQ    Map Ref: SU732731
Directions: Please note, it is possible to park within the cemetery. Drive through the arch at Cemetery Junction and follow the roadway through the cemetery. This eventually widens into a parking area.

Royal Berkshire Hospital (0.7m)
London Road, Reading, RG1 5AN Telephone: (0118) 322 5111

Assessment Summary: Coronavirus (Events); Graveyard; Public open space; Event - 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
Last updated: 29/03/2022 06:47:05
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Cuts and bruises; concussion; serious injuries from impact
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers; general public
  • Falling stonework from momuments
  • Falling branches and deadwood
  • Check monuments; stop working in vicinity of any that do not appear structurally sound, mark out with hazard tape and report to site manager immediately.
  • Do not work in the vicinity of larger, mature trees and trees containing deadwood in windy conditions.
  • Volunteers working near trees containing deadwood should wear hard hats.
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 - Walk
Last updated: 03/11/2022 22:44:25
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Fractures; strains; minor cuts and bruises; concussion; serious injury; abuse of trust; distressed children and adults; verbal abuse
Typical groups at risk
Volunteer leaders; general public
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Falling trees and branches
  • 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 or towards participants
  • 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.
  • Do not walk in the vicinity of dead trees or trees containing deadwood in windy conditions.
  • 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.

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   3 February 2024 18:37 T2402114442