Boxmoor Trout Fishery – Risk Assessment

Person           10 – 16yrsLack of individual competency and/or capability Poor fitness Pre-existing injuries or health issues Lapse of concentration      As aboveIndividuals should assume a high degree of personal responsibility. Pre-existing injuries or health problems could be exacerbated by the activity, but reaction may not be evident until sometime later, whereupon seek medical advice. Consider carrying a mobile phone in a waterproof pocket/pouch, don’t forget to give the emergency services the code for the gate. Only allowed on the Fishery in the company of an adult, who is responsible for their close supervision.
VehiclesDamage to vehicle and/or propertyInjury or drowningExtra care should be taken on the single-track road. Be aware of the added dangers on a wet surface.
CastingInjuries to yourself or others whilst casting with flies/hooksWear eye protection and a hat at all times. Show consideration to other anglers when back casting, or when walking behind other anglers.If your fly is caught in a tree then leave it, do not attempt to climb after it. First aid kit with a fly removal device is kept in the lodge. 
BanksSlipping or falling inOn-going programme of reinforcing the banks with rubble filled gabions, where possible fish from these. In other areas, be aware of erosion and undercuts in the bank.
WadingTrip, slip resulting in injury or drowning due to uneven footingNo wading when fishing. Where it is necessary to enter the water (e.g. working parties), only authorised persons wearing suitable clothing/equipment.
Boats & inflatablesCapsizing resulting in injury or drowningNo boats or inflatables to be used when fishing. The boat may only be used as part of a maintenance or survey programme, authorised by an officer of the company or management team.
TreesFalling branches causing injuryExtra caution to be taken in windy conditions. Do not use trees for shelter if lightning is possible.
Nesting birds     Dead/sick birdsInjury or increased risk of slip/trip Health hazard due to excrement DO NOT TOUCHWherever possible avoid nests. Disturbing a swan’s nest may constitute a criminal offence Use appropriate hygiene measures.May be avian bird flu, report any dead or sick birds to the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. Failure to do so is an offence.
InsectsBites, stings and other irritants from natureMaintain an awareness of the immediate environment. Avoid wasps, bees, ants and other hazards. Wear appropriate clothing.
WeatherVarious due to sunlight, heat, cold, rain & stormsAs with any outdoor activity, dress appropriately for the conditions. Consider the use of sunblock when necessary. Do not fish in storms, particularly if lightning is possible. Extra caution when wet, as the risk of a fall is increased.
Exposure to disease and infection, including leptospirosis      CoronavirusCovid – 19Contracted via open wounds or drinking water contaminated by rats      Respiratory virus Cover all cuts and broken skin. Wash hands regularly with antibacterial liquid, particularly prior to eating and drinking. Any flu like symptoms should be reported to your G.P. as soon as possible. No swimming allowed. The Fishery expects a high degree of personal responsibility.Observe all government guidelines.Maintain a safe distance from others.At this time, we are unable to provide appropriate hand washing facilities, please provide your own.
LodgeElectrocution Slip/tripWhen wet, do not operate electrical switches. Use extra care if water has dropped onto the floor, and try to minimise and clean up any puddles. First aid kit can be found in the lodge.
MachineryInjury or damage through misuseMachinery and tools may only be used with the authority of the management team. All persons using machinery must be fully conversant with its safe operation, and wear the appropriate safety equipment. When machinery is being used on the Fishery, be aware and give a wide berth. Do not distract the operator. 
SecurityUnauthorised access to the Fishery leading to damage and/or injuryEnsure access gates and doors to the lodge, tool shed and all machinery are kept secure. No access is to be granted to any person/organisation without prior permission of the Board or management team.

Lifebuoys are situated on the island and North, West & East banks.

All accidents & injuries on the Fishery property must be reported to an officer of the Fishery without delay, and a record of the incident kept by the Fishery.

 Risk assessment to be reviewed – Annually

                                                         After an incident

                                                         If any concerns are raised

This risk assessment has been written using guidelines from the Angling Trust & Fish Legal.

                                                                                   Regan Skinner – Manager 

                                                                                                          6th May ‘20