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Risk Assessment

Hazard

Who is at Risk

Likelihood

Risk Evaluation/ Control Measures

Further Reading

Horses

Anyone

Low/Medium

Experienced handlers present at all times. 

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

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

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

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

Health & Safety Policy

Equine Track system

Anyone

Low/medium

Experienced 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 Foundation must be accompanied either directly or indirectly at all times.  The track is strictly prohibited otherwise.

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

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

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

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Hazard

Who is at Risk

Likelihood

Risk Evaluation/ Control Measures

Further Reading

Other animals

(Alpacas, Cats, Chickens, Dogs,

Pig)

Anyone

Low

Experienced 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  – all three are kept either kept in the private area of the house or in dog runs / not running lose on the land while clients are on-site.  Clients advised not to touch the dogs nor open/enter the dog kennel.  First Aid Qualifications & First Aid Kit on site (clearly labelled with accident book)

Health & Safety Policy

Equipment (including quad and trailer, forks, shovels)

Anyone

Low

Induction 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 Foundation notified immediately if danger seen and activity stopped. 

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

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Hazard

Who is at Risk?

Likelihood

Risk Evaluation/Control Measures

Further Reading

Equipment for

Activities 

Anyone

Low- Medium

Each activity introduced by Athena Herd Foundation.  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

Muck Heap Area

Anyone

Low/Medium

Muck 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 Foundation at all times.

Health & Safety Policy

Hay

Anyone

Low

Hay 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 Foundation at all times.

Health and Safety Policy

Fire

Anyone

Low 

Fire 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 Reaction

Anyone

Medium

Health 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.

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Hazard

Who is at Risk?

Likelihood

Risk Evaluation Control Measures

Further Reading

Hazardous Substances

Supervisors and inducted volunteers

Low

Access to animal medication is limited. These are located in areas not accessible by clients.  Only those that can supervise/Athena Herd Foundation have has access to including but not limited to animal medication, weed killer, rat bait.

Health and Safety Policy

Building

Maintenance and Repair

Athena Herd

Low/Medium

Buildings being maintained are not accessible.  Maintenance and repair requirements are regularly checked and resolved either directly or indirectly by Athena Herd Foundation.

 

Uneven Surfaces

Anyone

Low-Medium

Uneven surfaces are everywhere on site.

Health & Safety Policy

 

 

 

Athena Herd Foundation 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/ditches

Anyone

Medium

Safety 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 Fencing

Anyone

Low

Signs 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

Parking

Anyone

Low

Vehicles are parked at Athena Herd Foundation at owners risk.

Signs displayed through the site.

Health and Safety Policy


ACTIVITY

NATURE OF ACTIVITY

POTENTIAL HAZARD

RISK MITIGATION

RISK RATING

Animal Assisted Learning

Routine 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 Foundation. 

First Aider on site Hand Sanitising facilities.

Low-Medium

Activity Days/Learning

Routine 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

Accommodation

Staying on site

Food

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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