Hampshire Market Garden Risk Assessment


Location and details of specific H&S equipment First aid kits are located in the Packing Container. Protective gloves are available in the packing shed for non-medical purposes such as cleaning / veg prep. Nearest hospital The nearest hospital is Queen Alexander Hospital, Southwick Hill Road, Cosham, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3LY. 023 9228 6000 – Members of the staff have working mobile phones available for use.
Qualified first aid in the workplace John Mclaren & TBC Emergency contact details Emergency contact details for staff are available in the Packing Container and will also be stored on the shared drive.
Risk assessment last updated 11th December 2023 Assessed by Chris Huskins



Please use this scoring system in the risk assessment table below:

Likelihood of occurrence Severity of outcome
1 Highly unlikely ever to occur 1 Slight inconvenience
2 May occur but very rarely 2 Minor injury requiring first aid
3 Does occur but only rarely 3 Medical attention required
4 Occurs from time to time 4 Major injury leading to hospitalisation
5 Likely to occur often 5 Fatality or serious injury leading to disability


Scores of 10 or more are unacceptable. Scores of 8 or more must be brought to the attention of everyone present



Risk Assessment Table

Hazard and area Description of possible risk Likelihood of accident Severity of outcome Likelihood multiplied by severity Action to take to avoid / reduce the risk
Unpredictable abilities and judgement of volunteers Extra risk of injuries to volunteers or visitors; aggravation of health conditions by unsuitable work. 2 4 8 Volunteers whose problems may make them unable to work safely, may be asked to come with a support worker or friend/family.New groups asked to come with a suitable number of supervisors/support workers. All work planned and supervised by a sufficient number of trained staff and buddies. 
Young/vulnerable people on site having exposure to other workers or visitors. Abuse of vulnerable people by staff, volunteers or visitors. 1 3 3 Supported volunteers assessed by General Manager in consultation with support worker or family member where appropriate, and asked to bring a support worker if necessary. Support workers warned that the site is open to the public. Staff DBS checked.Volunteers work in groups wherever possible and vulnerable volunteers never left alone with one person.
Lone workingPhysical assault, verbal abuse or aggression Physical injuries or emotional trauma to staff/volunteers; damage to organisational reputation. 1 4 4 No one to do high-risk practical tasks when alone on site. Anyone working alone should have a mobile phone with emergency contact details of Operations Manager and other staff members.
Lifting injury – eg wheelbarrow Strain 2 2 4
  • All volunteers asked if they have any medical conditions that may affect their work;
  • Advise against heavy loads especially in the case of previous injury, advise safe lifting practices. Make advice available for lifting if required.
Hand tools e.g. trowels and forks Scratches, blows and cuts 2 2 4
  • Staff to assess experience level of volunteer before using tools and give advice on safe tool use
  • Warn volunteers of the dangers of using tools and to take care
  • Users taught correct use and learners supervised. Specific safer and smaller tools used for small children.
  • Advise wearing strong boots and gloves
  • Report any breakages / damage to equipment and remove or repair
Tractor and machinery Running over or collision. Injury during use. 1 4 4
  • Only experienced staff or exceptionally qualified and experienced volunteers use tractors and machinery.
  • Boundaries of safe play for young people denoted, and all young people supervised. 
  • Everyone in the area made aware of the hazards outside of this. 
Open Water Falling/Drowning 1 5 5 Area around any open water pond cordoned off with No Entry Notices. Advise to keep to designated areas.
Manure & Compost Infection & Hear 1 3 3 Advise use of gloves and hand washing. Provide handwash and insist on hand washing with signage. Make aware of heat generation and provide gloves.
Wood and metal storage Cuts and scrapes 1 3 3 Area around potential wood and metal hazards cordoned off. Do Not Touch notices. Advise keeping to designated areas.
Wood storage Fire hazard 1 4 4 Wood storage by heated areas to be kept to a minimum. No flammable liquids to be stored near combustibles.
Large polytunnels Tripping over on uneven ground 2 2 5 Warning signage on both ends of polytunnel about uneven surfaces. 
Propane Gas Cooking Stove Fire hazard 1 3 3 Cooker fitted with stop valve. Only used by agreed volunteers, with instructions. Fire Extinguisher kept in the area. Gas valve turned off at the end of the day. 
General / track Risk of tripping over / falling 2 2 4 Fill in large holes in track, encouraging sensible footwear.
Site security Theft / vandalism causing damage to equipment 3 1 3 Locks well maintained on buildings and outbuildings. Deterrent CCTV to be installed.
Construction Injury through falling equipment, materials or accidents with tools 2 2 4 Ensure qualified or experienced operations manager to coordinate activities, everyone wears protective clothing where needed and all measures undertaken to ensure safe use of equipment.
Dead/hanging branches of Walnut tree Crush injury 1 5 5 Regular check conducted to check for dead or hanging branches and remove dangerous branches. Those who work regularly underneath the tree warned to look out for dangerous branches and ask a member of staff to remove as well as moving away from danger zone. Conducted by all staff on site.
Power line contact Electrocution 1 5 5 No climbing or kite flying undertaken in the area. Report any abnormalities of the power line or telephone lines.
Bees  Stings / allergic reactions 2 5 10
  • Make people aware on volunteer inductions. 
  • Ask in consent forms about medical issues and watch for extreme reaction. 
  • Fence erected areas where bees or wasps may build homes to prevent people accessing and being too close to areas where large numbers of bees are, fence also changes flightpath of bees to lessen chance of people being an obstacle to them.
Brambles and thistles Scratches and trips 5 2 10
  • Prune particularly hazardous areas and clear pathways through. 
  • Make learners and guardians aware of potential hazard but also of low severity of harm often caused. 
Sticks and stalks Eye injury 2 4 8 Make volunteers, learners and guardians aware of hazard on inductions and sessions, remove or cover sharp ends of hazardous objects from main areas of sessions. 
Nettles  Stings 5 1 5 Make everyone aware of hazard and stay away from large patches of nettles. Also make everyone aware of the low severity of harm.
Rope  Asphyxiation 1 5 5 Users taught correct use and learners supervised. Everyone involved made aware of hazard of leaving loops hanging down and/or learners wrapping rope around necks.
Rope Rope burns 2 2 4 Users taught correct use and learners supervised.
Uneven ground Trips and falls  4 1 4
  • Volunteers made aware of uneven ground on induction.
  • Visitors made aware of uneven ground by poster next to signing in.
  • Learners supervised and they and guardians made aware of particularly uneven ground which may be hard to negotiate. Sessions designed to help small children develop gross motor skills and mobility.
Dog / animal faeces Poisoning 1 5 5
  • Signs at hand washing points to encourage. 
  • Site assessment of area carried out regularly. Guardians supervise learners at all times. 
Weather and outdoor activities Sunburn 3 4 12
  • Hats and suncream available to staff and volunteers
  • All visiting groups advised to wear sun protection
  • Ensure this advice is given in all volunteer inductions and with the Code of Safe and Responsible Behaviour
  • All encouraged to stay protected from sun and keep well hydrated
Weather and outdoor activities Dehydration 3 4 12
  • Hats and suncream available to staff and volunteers
  • All visiting groups advised to wear sun protection
  • Ensure this advice is given in all volunteer inductions and with the Code of Safe and Responsible Behaviour
  • All encouraged to stay protected from sun and keep well hydrated