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11. Health & Safety Checklist

For each gleaning day there are actions to be taken before, during and after the day. Please ensure that you take a copy of this checklist to every gleaning day, and refer to it throughout the day. More detailed information can be found in Chapter 7.

Before the Gleaning Day

Equipment for all gleaning days

  • Adequately stocked First Aid Kit
  • At least 1 litre of drinking water

Knives (if being used for this gleaning day)

  • Enough safety gloves for every volunteer using a knife
  • Knives stored in a safe container – eg. a box with a clip-down lid
  • Knives have been checked for sharpness, and sharpened if required

Essential information

  • Volunteer list with details of any medical conditions  or allergies 
  • The farmer has agreed to give an introductory talk on health and safety and site-specific risks; or I have all the information I need to give this talk
  • Address of the nearest accident & emergency hospital
  • Farmer’s mobile number
  • Any under 18s attending are accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Risk assessments for the day

During the Gleaning Day

Introduction: ALL volunteers have received a talk covering:

  • Site-specific risks / potential hazards on the farm
  • Safe use of knives (if these are being used)
  • Safe heave lifting
  • What to do in the event of an accident or injury

Before gleaning begins

  • Be aware of all volunteers with medical / physical conditions or allergies
  • Make sure suitable tasks have been assigned according to volunteer ability / fitness
  • Any volunteer using a knife must be wearing safety gloves

When gleaning is underway

  • The First Aid kit is nearby and accessible
  • Regular check-ins with volunteers to ensure they are following good practice
  • Anyone carrying or using a knife is wearing safety gloves; knives are being used safely
  • A suitable container is nearby to store the knives when not in use
  • Heavy lifting is being done correctly; heavy objects are not being carried far
  • All volunteers have enough water and are taking regular breaks

At the end of the day

  • All volunteers are accounted for
  • All equipment has been returned and counted; and is safely stored
  • The farmer is aware the glean is finished

After the gleaning day

Important information to complete

  • Gleaning day record online form
  • Any accidents, incidents or near missed recorded in accident log
  • Knives are cleaned, dried and put away in a secure box
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