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RISK ASSESSMENT – BIRTLEY WOODLAND ART SPACE

 

BIRTLEY WOODLAND ART SPACE

 

 

Description of activity:

 

Outdoor experiences, events, workshops and training courses for adults, children and private groups utilising natural materials and mixed media. E.g. Wood Carving, Pyrography, Willow Weaving, Wood Cleaving, Wattle Hurdle Making, Plant Supports, Discovery and teaching beginners Bushcraft skills.

 

Who is affected?

X Staff/Volunteers   X Public   ☐ Contractors   X Others: Visitors

 

Site Assessed: General Site Safety Date: November 2020  
Site Location Birtley Estate, Bramley, Guildford.     Review: Annually  
Assessed By: Lorraine Ellery & Ruth Wheeler      
               
Type of Hazard Likelihood of Occurrence Hazard Severity Risk Factor Precautions
Action to be taken to reduce the risk.
New Likelihood of Occurrence New Hazard Severity New
Risk Factor
Exposure to Inclement Weather Conditions 3 2 6 Minimise exposure as much as possible. Where exposure cannot be prevented, suitable PPE and/or skin protection should be used. Do not visit site unprepared for possible downpours or great heat/cold or strong sunshine. Stop work promptly if people are clearly ill attired for conditions, in discomfort, or the work is increasing in risk. 1 2 2
Type of Hazard Likelihood of Occurrence Hazard Severity Risk Factor Precautions
Action to be taken to reduce the risk.
New Likelihood of Occurrence New Hazard Severity New
Risk Factor
Hazards from/to Public 2 2 4 Plan work, training courses or unloading/loading of vehicle so people and materials/tools are not facing and preferably well clear of passing traffic/public on the footpath. If roadside work or unloading/loading is unavoidable, use hazard light, place cones or tape & signs as necessary to forewarn. Ensure there is either a physical barrier or visible tape barrier between the public footpath and work site. Erect caution signs warning of work being undertaken on approaches to site. Also post a lookout able to halt work if signs might be ignored, e.g. children coming too close. Leave vehicle parked on site able to leave quickly in case of emergency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Type of Hazard Likelihood of Occurrence Hazard Severity Risk Factor Precautions
Action to be taken to reduce the risk.
New Likelihood of Occurrence New Hazard Severity New
Risk Factor
Tetanus and Leptospirosis 2 3 6 These diseases may not be very common but can have severe effects, in rare cases death. Tetanus can be contracted if earth gets into cuts or abrasions. All staff should have up to date anti-tetanus injections. (A full course lasts ten years. Ask if any of the team have not had injections and stress importance of getting these, particularly if the skin is broken/cut.) Treat all cuts, etc. immediately & cover adequately. If water that is contaminated with rats or cows urine gets into cuts, Weil’s or Hardjo varieties of Leptospirosis can result. In areas likely to be soiled by rat/cow urine, e.g. urban stream banks/farms, avoid water contact; if contact with potentially contaminated water is made, wash thoroughly with clean water before eating drinking or smoking and prior to leaving the site.

 

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Slips, Trips & Falls 3 2 6 Inspect site for natural hazards such as banks, holes and roots etc., pointing out and marking if necessary. Keep site & tools tidy. Avoid obstructing access routes. Recommend use of sturdy boots or wellingtons, with good grip. Any spills should be dealt with immediately. 2 2 4
Dog faeces – toxicara and general infection risk 2 3 6 Use disposable gloves or bag if handling faeces. Warn staff if working in a contaminated area. Where possible, discourage fouling. 1 3 3
Woodland Areas falling trees, branches 1 2 2 Regular checks of woodland paths, removal of dead and dangerous trees and overhanging branches.

 

 

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Type of Hazard Likelihood of Occurrence Hazard Severity Risk Factor Precautions
Action to be taken to reduce the risk.
New Likelihood of Occurrence New Hazard Severity New
Risk Factor
Disturbance of Wasp and Hornets nests 1 2 2 Check site for wasps and hornets nests before commencing work or training. 1 2 2
Asthma and allergies 2 3 6 Ask everyone if they have any allergies or asthma. Ask if they carry their own medicine and are able to administer. Carry first aid kit.

 

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Lyme Disease 2 3 6 All staff, trainees and volunteers to be aware that Lyme Disease can be contracted from ticks present in bracken. Wear long trousers and sleeves. Brush clothes down regularly. Check skin for ticks at the end of work. If bitten, seek medical advice immediately. 1 3 3

 

 

Type of Hazard Likelihood of Occurrence Hazard Severity Risk Factor Precautions
Action to be taken to reduce the risk.
New Likelihood of Occurrence New Hazard Severity New
Risk Factor
Drowning when working in close proximity to lakes   4 4 Request all children to be supervised when passing the lakes to access the site and visiting toilet facilities in the car park. Warn them of the dangers of getting too close to the edge of the ponds/lakes.

 

Have ropes, poles, lifebelts readily to hand. Avoid others having to enter water. First-aider should have lifeguard training and knowledge of CPR. Assign someone to able to effect agreed emergency procedures.

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