Health and Safety
Our education facilities have been specifically designed with the health and safety of our visitors in mind. It is still essential, however, that visitors come well prepared. Further information on suitable clothing, footwear etc. can be found under ‘Your Visit‘.
We will require a minimum school teaching staff/visiting adult:child ratio for your visit. The specific ratio will depend on the age and ability of your class and the activities to be undertaken. You will be advised on the required ratio as part of our booking procedure. 1:1 school staff and the Box Moor Trust education staff do not count as part of this ratio.
The Box Moor Trust has a Policy and Code of Practice on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults. All members of our Education and Community team, and assisting Box Moor Trust volunteers have Disclosure and Barring Service/Criminal Records Bureau clearance.
Health and Safety Policy
The Box Moor Trust has a Health and Safety Policy. We comply with all relevant legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Emergency Action Plan
An Emergency Action Plan is displayed clearly on the door of the Old Barn Education Centre where most education sessions take place. Emergency plans are also in place at our other teaching locations.
Risk Assessments are provided for all education activities at the Box Moor Trust. However, visiting teachers should ensure that they carry out their own Risk Assessments as they know the children that will be present; the Trust’s Risk Assessments may be used to inform these decisions. Please ensure that each adult on your trip is aware of the potential hazards and risks that may be encountered during the visit. Our Risk Assessments also contain important information you may need in the event of an emergency.
We encourage pre-visits by teachers so they can familiarise themselves with our facilities, meet our staff and inform their decision making on the Risk Assessments for their visit.
Special Needs/Medical or Allergy Requirements
As part of our booking procedure, we will ask for information on any equality, diversity or inclusion needs or issues, as well as details of any relevant medical conditions or allergies. We need this important information in advance of a visit so we can plan our activities and adjust our Risk Assessments if necessary.
Please note that, for health and safety reasons, e.g. a forecast of storms or gusting winds of over 30mph, or high water levels (for river studies), we may have to cancel your visit at short notice. We will inform you of this as soon as possible after conditions have been assessed to be dangerous.
We ask school teaching staff to take primary responsibility for first aid and advise that first aid provisions should be brought from school. However, all Box Moor Trust education staff are first aid trained and carry a basic first aid kit. Emergency Procedures for Visiting Schools and Groups exist in case of accidents or incidents.
The incidence of Lyme Disease, a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks, has increased in the UK in recent years. To reduce the risk of bites from any ticks found in the long grass at our sites, we ask that all visitors wear full-length trousers. For certain activities that involve close proximity to long grass, e.g. river studies and grassland sweeps, participation will be limited to visitors wearing long trousers. Information on ticks and Lyme Disease is available at our education facilities.
Public Liability Insurance
We have public liability insurance to £10 million.
Hertfordshire CC Providers Assessment Form (OV6)
As the Box Moor Trust has been awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, we are not required to complete this form. However, if you have any questions about an aspect of your visit, please contact us.
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|Emergency Procedure – Activities Near Water.doc||107 Kb|
|Emergency Procedure – Schools and Visiting Groups.pdf||103 Kb|
|Old Barn EAP – Emergency Information.pdf||93 Kb|
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|BMT Risk Assessments.pdf||564 Kb|