safety policy

BUSHCRAFT

 

Venue: On site QE2 Activity Centre, offsite within Manor Farm Country Park

 

                       Instructor Qualification

                               Instructor         In House training

                               Assistant         Competent adult under direction of instructor

 

Ratio: 1 Instructor to 8 participants

 

Equipment:

·         Safety equipment: first aid kit, mobile phone          

·         Activity equipment must be kept in a good state of repair              

·         Cooking equipment will be hygienic and in a good state of repair

·         Improvised equipment must be suitable for the task

 

Pre session:

·         Check site for hazards,

·         Check equipment

·         Report/record destination, nature of activity, time of return

·         Knowledge of group needs and abilities

 

Session:

Give safety talk, directed at visiting staff and students, taking into account group comprehension and ability, highlighting:    

·         Need for common sense and safety

·         Behaviour

·         Boundaries

·         Need to make clear instructor/visiting staff roles

 

Specific activities:

Building Structures

·         Need to take care with location, appropriate materials, using only fallen materials

·        Care should be taken not to cause damage to the woodland

 

Tools:

Tool use should be directly supervised by a competent person  

   

Water & food;

·         Care needs to be taken when introducing visitors to natural foods.

·         Consideration needs to be given to hygiene, allergies, level of understanding

 

Fire:    

·         Small and manageable fires only      

·         Water should be available to put out fires

·         Accelerants will not be used

·         Only approved methods to be used for firelighting, under supervision

·         Fire to be extinguished before leaving site, take fire bucket and folding spade

 

 Use of Trangias and Kelly’s Kettles:

·         Only under supervision

           

Site clearing is an important element of bushcraft, not an afterthought. All traces of the activity must be removed

 

End of Session:                

·         Equipment stored properly when not in use

·         Faulty equipment should be labelled and removed from service. The fault should be logged (staffroom whiteboard / checksheet) and made good as soon as possible.

 

   THE INSTRUCTOR HAS FINAL SAY IN DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT A SESSION TAKES PLACE AND IN WHAT MANNER IT IS CARRIED OUT