Econet Risk Assessment [Friends of Reading Old Cemetery]
Date: Sunday, 1st May 2022  (13:30 - 16:00)
Activity: Victorian Perambulations

Description: A free family event organised in collaboration with University of Reading.

Site: Reading Old Cemetery
Site Manager: Reading Borough Council   
Meeting Point: Cemetery Arch    Nearest Postcode: RG1 3AQ    Map Ref: SU732731

Royal Berkshire Hospital (0.7m)
London Road, Reading, RG1 5AN Telephone: (0118) 322 5111

Assessment Summary: Coronavirus (Events); Graveyard; Public open space; Event - Walk;

Coronavirus (Events)
Last updated: 17/03/2022 10:27:14
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Contracting or transmitting coronavirus infection
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers; general public
  Insurance considerations
We are advised by our insurers that from April 2021 our public liability insurance will not provide cover if volunteers or service users claim we are responsible for them catching Coronavirus, or any other infectious disease.
  • Contact with infected person
  • Contact with contaminated surface or material
Last updated: 29/03/2022 06:47:05
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Cuts and bruises; concussion; serious injuries from impact
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers; general public
  • Falling stonework from momuments
  • Falling branches and deadwood
  • Check monuments; stop working in vicinity of any that do not appear structurally sound, mark out with hazard tape and report to site manager immediately.
  • Do not work in the vicinity of larger, mature trees and trees containing deadwood in windy conditions.
  • Volunteers working near trees containing deadwood should wear hard hats.
Public open space
Last updated:
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Stress, distress, minor cuts and bruises, sickness
Typical groups at risk
Volunteers, general public
  • Contact with public
  • Abuse or aggression from public
  • Discarded sharps
  • Uncontrolled dogs
  • Dog faeces
  • If available, place warning signs at approaches to work area.
  • Keep paths clear of tools and debris.
  • Avoid volunteers working in isolation.
  • If confronted be conciliatory, avoid aggravating situation; be prepared to walk away.
  • If sharps found, do not touch or move, highlight location and advise site owner or manager.
  • Warn volunteers of possibility of dogs causing a distraction by entering the work area.
  • Warn volunteers of likely presence of dog faeces.
  • If practical, remove dog faeces from work areas using bags or burying where unlikely to be disturbed. Avoid skin contact.
Event - Walk
Last updated: 26/04/2022 09:50:35
Typical uncontrolled outcomes
Crush injuries; back strains; minor cuts and bruises; abuse of trust; distressed children and adults; verbal abuse; sickness and diarrhoea
Typical groups at risk
Volunteer leaders; general public
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Unsuitable clothing and/or footwear for prevailing conditions
  • Children and young people becoming separated from parents
  • Unsupervised access to children
  • Physical and verbal aggression from or towards participants
  • Leader(s) to walk route in advance noting hazards and removing where possible.
  • Advise participants at start of walk and remind on route of possible hazards.
  • Before start of walk (in advertising material) give details of terrain and likely conditions and repeat before start of walk.
  • Before start of walk (in advertising material) advise on appropriate clothing and footwear and for late evening, night time and early morning walks request that participants provide torches.
  • Before start of walk remind parents (or other accompanying adults) that they are responsible for their children.
  • Leader(s) must avoid becoming isolated with children.
  • Avoid volunteers working in isolation.
  • If confronted be conciliatory, avoid aggravating situation; be prepared to walk away.

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   26 April 2022 09:50 T2205013914