Education in the Countryside
An up to date risk assessment should be undertaken prior to any visit based on the following:
HAZARD ACTION TO BE TAKEN
General Safety Speak to the children about all safety issues at the beginning of visit.
Stress the importance of staying together and not wandering off.
Trailer rides Ensure children hold on to side of trailer and make sure back gate is
Machinery Ensure children are kept away from machinery unless strictly supervised.
Animals Children to be quiet and not run near animal yards.
Ensure no children enter the cattle yards.
Ensure children wash hands after touching animals.
Pregnant ladies should not visit the farm during the lambing season.
Gates/haystacks Do not allow children to climb on gates, fences or haystacks
Electric fences Warn children about electric fences and ideally turn them off.
River/pond Very close adult supervision is needed when near the river/pond.
Chemicals and medicines Ensure all chemicals and medicines are locked away.
Children getting lost Take regular head counts and register before departure.
Hygiene Make sure teachers and children wash their hands before eating or drinking
and before leaving the farm.
Parking Buses / cars to be parked and children dropped off and collected as directed
on the day.
Suitable clothing should always be worn. Warm, waterproof coats and wellingtons in the winter and boots or trainers in the summer (sandals are never acceptable). Sun hats and sun screen are essential in the summer.
A first aid kit is available but teachers are responsible for ensuring pupils have their necessary asthma treatments etc.
Mr George Eaton, Rectory Farm, Tingewick.
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