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Eco Cabins visits - Risk Assessment

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We have risk assessments designed to cover the following subjects/activities:

  • Community Activities
  • Sensory exploration - guided walk with blindfolds
  • Analysing effluent
  • Eco Cabins buildings
  • Cooperative games/role play
  • Guided tours
  • Microhydro session
  • Slide show
  • Tabletop activities; wind/water/solar powered
  • Walks

Please click on the links above to see the form or, if you want a printed form, please request from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 01654 705983




Risk Assessment Form

Subject being assessed: Community Activities

List hazards:
•    Injury from tools
•    Nettle stings
•    Cuts/scratches from undergrowth
•    Injury from moving logs

People affected by hazards:
participants

Current precautions: Proper supervision by qualified staff
Keep tools sharp and in good order
Restrict use of dangerous tools
Use tools appropriate to age group
Show people how to handle/move the logs

Name of person completing form: Christine McLennan

Job title: Education Officer

Date of assessment: 07/04/2016




Risk Assessment Form

Subject being assessed: Sensory exploration - guided walk with blindfolds

List hazards:
•    Lack of vision leading to
•    Bumping into trees
•    Tripping over obstacles
•    Scraping body parts
•    Falling into river
•    Stormy weather changing route of river or bringing branches down

People affected by hazards:
participants

Current precautions: Supervision ratio of 1 supervisor to five participants

Number of participants restricted to 20

Safety procedures explained before activity such as not pushing other people and waiting with hand up if not sure what to do

Hard hats provided and instructed how to fit so don't easily fall off

Goggles or hoods provided to cover eyes

Advised to wear clothes that cover body,arms, legs which they don't mind getting a bit muddy

Rope route always checked by supervisor to make sure its safe before each session ,especially part near river


Name of person completing form:
Deirdre Raffan

Job title: Education Officer

Date of assessment: 07/04/2016




Risk Assessment Form

Activity or task being assessed: Analysing effluent

List Hazards:
•    Biological pathogens-infection, ingestion
•    Pond-drowning
•    Slips, trips, falls

People affected by hazards
: Participants - groups and tutor undertaking activity

Current precautions: Proper supervision

Warn group about slippery surfaces

Warn group not to touch anything without tutor agreement

Make sure group aware of hazard of falling in pond

Keep numbers limited to 18 per workshop

Wear gloves as specified by biology department if dealing with any waste liquids or solids

Tutor will work from pond upwards to stop cross infection

Gloves will be cleaned afterwards by dipping in disinfectant

Name of person completing form: Deirdre Raffan

Job title: Education Officer

Date of assessment: 07/04/2016




Risk Assessment Form

Subject being assessed: Eco Cabins buildings

List hazards:

  • Falling out of bunk beds
  • Fire risk from woodstoves and gas cookers
  • Unauthorised smoking and candle burning
  • Falling down steps
  • Resident children going out of bounds/off site
  • Getting run over by passing traffic on the back drive
  • Danger of trips and falls in darkness at night
  • Falling off balcony rail

People affected by hazards: Residents

Children and young people

People with learning disabilities

Current precautions:

Beds have guard rails

Strict rules and signs against smoking and candle use

Fire certificates

Gas appliances are inspected by Corgi engineers

Fire alarms tested monthly

First aid kits in place and checked regularly

Schools should bring a qualified 1st aider

Upkeep of step maintenance

Supervision of groups by authorised staff

Full introduction to eco cabins use at beginning of visit

Speed bumps and signs in place on back drive

10 mph speed limit in force on back drive

Group leaders sign a bond of supervision on arrival

Advise groups to bring torches


Name of person completing form:
Christine McLennan
Job title: Education Officer
Date of assessment: 07/04/2016




Risk Assessment Form

Activity or task being assessed: cooperative games/role play

List Hazards:

  • Bruises from rough and tumble play

People affected by hazards: participants

Current precautions: Proper supervision
Keep numbers limited to 18 per workshop

Name of person completing form: Christine Mclennan

Job title: Education Officer

Date of assessment:
07/04/2016




Risk Assessment Form

Subject being assessed: guided tours

List hazards:

  • Trips,slips,falls
  • Bee/wasp/insect stings
  • Interactive displays
  • Sunburn
  • Hot water on solar display
  • Risk from any maintenance activities on site

People affected by hazards:
Children, teenagers, adults, group leaders partaking in guided tour
Current precautions:
Groups always have at least one other adult apart from tour leader
Group are asked to keep together and follow tour leader. Number limited to 20.
Epipen available on site.
Displays are regularly checked and maintained.
Tour leader takes group to covered shady areas when possible.
Tour leader supervises feeling solar water displays. Cordoned off maintenance areas.

Name of person completing form: Christine McLennan

Job title: Education Officer

Date of assessment: 07/04/2016




Risk Assessment Form

Activity or task being assessed: Microhydro session

List Hazards:

  • Trips, slips and falls
  • Hazard from vehicles using road while measuring reservoir height
  • Poor technique could lead to a back problem (if weak back) when emptying buckets

People affected by hazards:
participants

Current precautions: tutor ensures that participants wearing suitable clothing

tutor ensures that no-one crosses over the fence next to reservoir
tutor explains to group that need to be aware of road safety
tutor shows group how to collect the water and empty bucket. Supervise while they do it
Keep numbers limited to 18 per workshop
10 mph Signs and speed bumps on road

Name of person completing form: Deirdre Raffan

Job title: Education Officer

Date of assessment: 07/04/2016



Risk Assessment Form

Activity or task being assessed: Slide show

List Hazards:

  • Possible trip hazard from OHP leads and projector
  • Well insulated room could lead to poor ventilation with a large group
  • Electrical equipment usage - projector, OHP
  • Risk of epilepsy

People affected by hazards:

People attending slide show and tutor


Current precautions:

Don't turn lights off till all groups are sat down

Limit group size to 50

Make sure group are aware of electrical leads so no trip hazard

Don't leave group in room without adult supervision

Name of person completing form: Christine McLennan

Job title: Education Officer

Date of assessment: 07/04/2016



Risk Assessment Form

Activity being assessed: Tabletop activities;wind/water/solar powered

List hazards:
•    Use of tools - hacksaw, scissors, glue gun
•    Plastic or card blades flying off wind models
•    Use of expanse of water to test solar boats
•    Misbehaviour

People affected by hazards:

Groups participating in workshops

Current precautions:

Show groups how to use tools as appropriate to experience before start of practical session
Check blades fixed into wind model
Remind not to put face close to wind model when testing
Use wave power display tank to test solar boats or closely supervise other expanse of water
Use low melt/low temp glue guns and show how to use
Have bowl of cold water at hand in case of skin contact with glue from gun
Limit group size to 18 participants

Name of person completing form: Deirdre Raffan

Job title: Education Officer

Date of assessment: 07/04/2016




Risk Assessment Form

Activity or task being assessed: Walks

List Hazards:
•    Trips, slips and falls
•    Bee/wasp/insect stings
•    asthma attacks
•    spraining limbs on uneven ground
•    straying from the group and getting lost
•    being caught in extremely bad weather
•    Road crossing with occasional fast traffic

People affected by hazards:

People on walk

Current precautions:

Carry a first aid kit, mobile phone and map
Ensure there is a 1st aider in the group
Supervisor will brief the group before the session
Ensure wearing adequate clothing
Ensure asthma sufferers carry their inhalers.
 Remind groups that if a hazard occurred would need to respond quickly if asked
Assess weather, don't go if extreme weather expected or only go on shorter walk if weather poor
Walk in single file on small part of the walk along a single track road
. Supervise crossing faster road. 
Ensure adult to child ratio suitable for age and behaviour
. Ask group not to spread out too far -spread adults through group of children. 
Ensure children don't go ahead of group leader and that an adult is at the back
Stop regularly especially if group has spread out.

Name of person completing form: Deirdre Raffan

Job title: Education Officer

Date of assessment: 07/04/2016


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