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Being Safe!


BADCOG members attend work parties to participate in wildlife conservation management.

This activity should be both enjoyable and productive, but it should also be a pursuit that is safe for all.

The aim of this page on the website is to remind members of the potential risks and hazards that they could encounter whilst at a BADCOG work party.

Remember, safety comes first when it comes to looking after the local environment!

At a BADCOG work party, volunteers should always:

Only undertake tasks which they feel safe and capable of doing.

Only use tools and equipment that they feel safe and confident in using and that are appropriate for the


Only use tools that are in good order and not defective.

Be aware of the environment and any potential hazards, such as:


Uneven surfaces/trip hazards.

Wasp/hornet/bee nests.

Road traffic. 

Be aware of others and their activities, such as:

When working high, be aware of those at ground level.

When working at ground level, be aware of those working high.

When using a rake or other similar equipment, be aware of those working behind.

Avoid walking directly behind anyone using a rake or other similar equipment.

Avoid areas where coppicing and pollarding is taking place unless assisting. 

Keep well clear of anyone using a scythe and avoid areas were power tools (brush cutter/mower/hedge trimmer) are being used, unless assisting the operator.

When using machinery, be aware of others in the vicinity, shutting down power tools if people and/or animals are too close. 

Use the appropriate safety equipment when using tools (ear defenders/goggles/hard hat/gloves).

Use ladders as recommended, with one person holding the ladder for extra safety.

When working alone, inform at least one committee member of the location of the work and the expected time of completion.  Inform the committee member upon completion of the task.

Ask for assistance when pulling or lifting heavy loads.

When not in use, store tools in a manner to prevent a hazard to others.

Keep a safe distance from fires and only light fires when ground conditions are safe to do so.

After work parties, check for any insect bites and for ticks, seeking medical advice if required.

Avoid contact with water to prevent any possibility of contacting any waterborne diseases/infections. 


A first aid kit is always available at each work party for minor injuries.

A mobile phone is always available at work parties for calling emergency services if required.

Always wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Site Risk Assessments forms can be found here