Once you've chosen a place for your Love Where You Live event,
you should visit the site and carry out a full risk assessment.
It's important that you consider all of the possible risks to you
and your volunteers.
Keep an eye open for the following hazards:
> Unidentified cans or canisters, oil
drums, poisons, insecticides, clinical waste, other hazardous
substances, broken glass, condoms, syringes, etc.
> Deep or fast flowing water, currents
or tides, steep, slippery or unstable banks, sharp rocks, mud
holes, derelict buildings, busy roads, electric fences (which are
identified by yellow warning signs), etc.
Line pins and tape can be used to section off any potentially
dangerous areas. For a large operation, a loud hailer could be used
to warn participants to stay in a designated area.
If you decide the area carries too many risks, you may
want to choose another place to carry out your event.
> Giant Hogweed is an invasive
plant species that grows on waste ground and riverbanks. It forms
dense colonies that suppress the growth of native plants and
grasses, leaving the banks bare of vegetation in winter and
increasing the risk of erosion and recolonisation from seeds washed
Giant Hogweed can cause harm to people and animals. Great care
should be taken when working near this weed and it should not be
touched at any time. Seek immediate medical advice if skin comes
into contact with the weed and irritation, rashes or blistering
occurs. To find out more about invasive plant species and how you
can help contact the charity Plantlife at www.plantlife.org.uk
> Weil's Disease
(Leotospirosis) is a very rare infection carried in rats urine and
can be fatal. The symptoms include high temperature, severe
headache, flu-like illness or muscle pains. They will appear 3 to
19 days after exposure to contaminated water. It must be treated
> Fly-tipping can involve hazardous
waste. If you discover fly-tipping, report it to your local
council for cleaning up. If you see someone fly-tipping or come
across hazardous waste, report it to the Environment Agency on
their 24 hour hotline 0800 807 060 or alternatively contact the
To find out more about your council's services see www.local.direct.gov.uk/mycouncil