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‘.

Adult/Child Ratios

We will require a minimum visiting adult:child ratio for your visit.  The specific ratio will depend on the age and ability of your group and the activities to be undertaken.  You will be advised on the required ratio as part of our booking procedure.  The Box Moor Trust environmental awareness staff do not count as part of this ratio.


The Box Moor Trust has a Policy and Code of Practice for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.  All members of our Environmental Awareness 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 environemtal awareness sessions take place. Emergency Plans are also in place at our other teaching locations.

Risk Assessments

Risk Assessments are provided for all environmental awareness activities at the Box Moor Trust.  However, visiting group leaders 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 that you may need in the event of an emergency.


We encourage pre-visits by group leaders so they can familiarise themselves with our facilities, meet our staff and inform their decision making on the Risk Assessments for their visits.

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, 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.

First Aid

We ask group leaders to take primary responsibility for first aid and advise that the first aid provisions be brought with you.  However, all Box Moor Trust environmental awareness 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.

File Description File size
pdf logoBMT Pre-Visit Policy.pdf   88 Kb
pdf logoBMT Safeguarding Policy.pdf   282 Kb
pdf logoEmergency Procedure – Activities Near Water.pdf   107 Kb
pdf logoEmergency Procedure – Schools and Visiting Groups.pdf   103 Kb
pdf logoOld Barn EAP – Emergency Information.pdf   93 Kb
pdf logoOld Barn EAP.pdf   184 Kb
pdf logoBMT Risk Assessments   16kb