Risk Assessment – Sidford Community Food Forest

Task/Premises:  Volunteers – generic risk assessment                                           Date: Feb 2 2023 updated March 16 2024 

Location:  Sidford Community Food Forest                                                                                         

Risk Rating: High; 12-16  Medium: 6-11 Low: 1-5

Activity/plant/ materials etcList significant hazardsPeople at riskExisting controls i.e. Safety proceduresAssessment of RiskWhat further action Is required to control the risk?
Severity 1-4Likelihood 1-4Risk Rating  (S x L)
Use of hand tools and equipment (loppers, bow saws, secateurs, rakes, wheelbarrows)Cuts
Impact injuries
Injuries due to inadequate tools
Injuries due to improper use
VolunteersVolunteer coordinator to check the tools and equipment at the start of the session for condition and damage Basic instruction on safe use of tools to be given by the coordinator/experienced users to any new/inexperienced volunteers  Safe System of Work to be followed Tools must be used only for the purpose they are designed for  Wheelbarrows must be used on level ground only Volunteers use gloves when handling tools 326
Manual handlingMusculo-skeletal injuries
Hand injuries
Feet injuries
VolunteersWheelbarrows to be used to move loads when possible Large/heavy objects to be lifted by two persons Lift and route to be planned, handlers to ensure the route is clear, they can see the route, there is space to put the load down. The load must not obstruct the handlers’ vision. Safe method of lifting to be followed – see SSoW.  Volunteers use gloves when lifting loads Gloves are to be used when handling wood or branches/plants with thorns326
Slips, trips and falls (including working on slopes)Impact injuries
Muscuslo-skeletal injuries, fractures
VolunteersVolunteers to avoid working on muddy banks Work area to be assessed on the day All volunteers to wear suitable footwear Slopes to be assessed by the volunteer coordinator – work only to take place on slopes where people can stand safely 326
Lone working






Inability to get help
Attack
Fit, sickness, blackout
VolunteersVolunteers work in a group Coordinator to instruct the volunteers to stay together, and not to leave the group without telling someone Coordinator must ensure that all volunteers are present at the end of the activity414
Contact with sharpsInfections
Punctures
VolunteersVolunteers are not to handle any sharps; coordinator to contact Streetscene to inform them about the location of the sharps The location of the sharps is to be marked and guarded until the material can be picked up by Streetscene operatives 313
Lack of emergency proceduresVolunteers unaware of the correct actionVolunteersMobile signal is good – checked by the coordinator at the start of each session First aid kit is available for each session414
Handling woodchipInhalation of fungal spores and bacteria VolunteersVolunteers advised not to handle woodchip if they suffer allergies or other conditions that maybe affected by inhalation of spores and bacteria.  
If in doubt volunteers should seek professional advice BEFORE handling woodchip.  

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Eating Non Edible Species or Plants Not Ready For Consumption Volunteer feels unwell or is illVolunteersWarning not to eat any plants unless they can be definitely identified as being safe given before each session. 
All plants for planting or sowing to be as per the planting plan which should not contain toxic or dangerous plants.
Suspected consumption will result in contacting medial services via 999 or contact with MIU at Sid Valley Surgery at the Beacon.
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