Risk Assessment

Hazard Who is at Risk Likelihood Risk Evaluation/ Control Measures Further Reading
HorsesAnyoneLow/MediumExperienced handlers present at all times.

Induction and introduction to the horses given to all new people, including clients & visitors engaging with the Athena Herd horses.

Athena Herd horses are well handled and assessed regularly for activities.

Limited numbers of people are around the Athena Herd horses and always supervised either directly or indirectly by Athena Herd.

First Aid Qualification & First Aid Kit on site (clearly labelled with accident book)

Health & Safety Policy
Equine Track systemAnyoneLow/mediumExperienced handlers present at all times.

Induction and introduction to equines given to all new people, including clients & visitors engaging with the Athena Herd horses.

All clients and visitors to Athena Herd must be accompanied either directly or indirectly at all times.  The track is strictly prohibited otherwise.

Athena Herd horses are well handled and assessed regularly for activities.

Limited numbers of people are around the Athena Herd horses and always supervised either directly or indirectly by Athena Herd.

First Aid Qualification & First Aid Kit on site (clearly labelled with accident book)

Health & Safety Policy

 

 

 

 

HazardWho is at RiskLikelihoodRisk Evaluation/ Control MeasuresFurther Reading
Other animals

(Alpacas, Cats, Chickens, Dogs,

Pig)

AnyoneLowExperienced handlers present at all times.

Induction and Introduction to animals given to all new people including clients & visitors (if engaging in animal assisted work).

Animals are well handled, well trained (where applicable) and assessed regularly.

Limited number of people around animals in any activity and always supervised by Athena Herd.

Dogs on-site 3 Alaskan Malamutes  – two are kept in dog runs while clients are on-site.  Clients advised not to touch the dogs nor open/enter the dog kennel.  One elderly Alaskan Malamute lives in the private area of the house.  Again to be kept away from clients and clients are advised not to approach/touch dog unless she approaches them for attention.

First Aid Qualification & First Aid Kit on site (clearly labelled with accident book)

Health & Safety Policy
Equipment (including quad and trailer, forks, shovels)AnyoneLowInduction to yard and facilities in first meeting.

Direct or indirect supervision at all times with regard to the access and use of equipment.   Information provided on equipment safe use before use.  Athena Herd notified immediately if danger seen and activity stopped.

First Aid Trained Staff & First Aid Kit on site (clearly marked)

Health & Safety Policy
Equipment for

Activities

AnyoneLow- MediumEach activity introduced by Athena Herd.  Equipment will only be manually handled after explanation provided and guidance on safe use.

Equipment is kept clean, well maintained & stored.

Athena Herd shall directly or indirectly supervise activities at all times.

First aid trained staff & first aid equipment on site (clearly signposted).

 

Health & Safety Policy

 

HazardWho is at Risk?LikelihoodRisk Evaluation/Control MeasuresFurther Reading
Muck Heap AreaAnyoneLow/MediumMuck Heap is fenced off as an area out of bounds to clients.  Signs visible to advise no unauthorized admittance.

Either direct or indirect supervision by Athena Herd at all times.

Health & Safety Policy
HayAnyoneLowHay is fenced off as an area out of bounds to clients.  Signs visible to advise no unauthorized admittance.

Direct or indirect supervision by Athena Herd CIC at all times.

Health and Safety Policy
FireAnyoneLowFire Assembly Point is the nearest point to the driveways (main house or yard depending on location of fire).

Induction covers fire evacuation procedure.

Fire evacuation signs visible around site

Fire Extinguishers on site

No smoking allowed on site.

Health and Safety Policy
Allergic ReactionAnyoneMediumHealth issues must be raised by clients before coming on site or disclosed at induction.

Staff’s discretion if any disclosure stops the individual remaining on site.

First Aid Trained people on-site.

Hazardous SubstancesSupervisors and inducted volunteersLowAccess to animal medication is limited. These are located at the house in a room not accessible by clients.  Only those that can supervise/Athena Herd have has access to including but not limited to animal medication, weed killer, rat bait.Health and Safety Policy
Building

Maintenance and Repair

Athena HerdLow/MediumBuildings being maintained are not accessible.  Maintenance and repair requirements are regularly checked and resolved either directly or indirectly by Athena Herd.
HazardWho is at Risk?LikelihoodRisk Evaluation Control MeasuresFurther Reading
Uneven SurfacesAnyoneLow-MediumUneven surfaces are everywhere on site.Health & Safety Policy
Athena Herd either directly or indirectly will give safety instructions during induction & asked not to run anywhere on site & take care.

Health and Safety Policy in place

Public Liability insurance displayed

Rivers/ditchesAnyoneMediumSafety instructions shall be given during induction & outline that these are not accessible at any time.

First Aid Trained Staff & First Aid Kit on site (clearly marked).

Electric FencingAnyoneLowSigns displayed through site.

Induction to yard and facilities in first meeting.

First Aid Trained Staff & First Aid Kit on site (clearly marked).

Health and Safety Policy
ParkingAnyoneLowVehicles are parked at Athena at owners risk.

Signs displayed through the site.

Health and Safety Policy

 

 

 

ACTIVITY NATURE OF ACTIVITY POTENTIAL HAZARD RISK MITIGATION RISK RATING
Animal Assisted LearningRoutine care and management. Cleaning of areas. Animal checks. Provision of food & water. Observation, grooming & contact with animals. Debriefing/Invitation of questions & answers.Bitten

Scratched

Knocked over

Tripping over

Trod on

Allergic Reaction

Infection

Qualified &

experienced staff.

 

Information on Health & Safety provided.

 

Animals are tame, encouraged not to bite, not fed treats and regularly assessed either directly or indirectly by Athena Herd.

First Aider on site Hand Sanitising facilities.

Low-Medium
Activity Days/LearningRoutine care and

management of animals.  Cleaning of areas. Animal checks Provision of food & water.  Leading animals.

Observations and interactions.

Bitten

Kicked/knocked over

Tripping over

Allergic Reaction

Infection

Qualified & experienced staff Sensible, well mannered horses. Horses matched to learner confidence and ability.

Information on health & safety provided.

Supervised at all time

First Aider on site

Hand sanitising

Facilities.

COVID-19:

–       drying of hands with single use towels;

–       catch coughs and sneezes in tissues;

–       Social Distancing by reduction of learner numbers.

Low-Medium
AccommodationStaying on siteFood

Electric Fencing

Rivers/ditches/Slippery and uneven surfaces

Parking

No food to be consumed in Bell Tents, Tree House (away from main house).

Electric fencing, rivers/ditches/slippery and uneven surfaces and parking as above.

COVID-19

–       All food individually prepared/wrapped/boxed and/or delivered by external catering company in individual boxes/bags:

–       drying of hands with single use towels;

–       catch coughs and sneezes in tissues;

–       Social Distancing by reduction of learner numbers;

–       Extra disinfectant sprays and cloths provided to clean for example door handles, bathrooms, aired rooms.

Low and see Health and Safety Policy

 

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