Health and Safety advice

Health and safety is of paramount importance for all people working on non-native species projects whether carrying out a survey or removing non-native species from an area.

Health and safety issues to consider when starting a project

Discussion groups at the Local Action Group Workshop 2011 highlighted the following issues which may need to be considered when starting a project.

  1. Provision of a safety briefing to everyone working on the project.
  2. Suitable supervision
  3. The need to for a first aider with adequate equipment
  4. PAT testing of electric equipment
  5. Any need for CRB checks (eg if working with children) and child protection guidelines
  6. Correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including consideration of the weather and time of year.
  7. Site specific risk assessment (including confined spaces)
  8. Up to date insurance (alone or with supervisor) and decide if cover for liability is needed or not
  9. regularly updated medical records of volunteers,
  10. contractor training certification

Health and safety information

Water safety - how to avoid accidents (external link) (Environment Agency)
The Countryside Code - Respect, Protect, Enjoy (pdf) (Natural England)
Insurance cover (external link) - special cover for volunteer groups (TCV)
Engaging with Volunteers - Setting up and managing volunteer networks (external link) (Tracking Mamals partnership) - See section 6 about legal position of health and safety legislation.

Volunteer Health & Safety Cards ('Blue cards') for use during practical tasks are downloadable below:

1. editable Volunteer Health & Safety Card (Publisher)

2. Volunteer Health & Safety Card (PDF)

These cards were designed by the Source to Sea Project (Wiltshire Wildlife Trust) &

kindly offered for use by all. They contain useful H&S information about the volunteers in case of emergency.

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