Risk Assessment Form for OLD MACDONALD’S TRAVELLING FARMS

Old Macdonald’s Travelling Farms have a high standard of hygiene.  Staff are trained in the importance of keeping cleanliness to an optimum.  We use industrial strength disinfectants for the cleaning of all equipment associated with presentations and at home on the farm.

Our staff hold a First Aid certificate and carry a first aid kit for scratches and abrasions, though we always recommend that medical advice is sort for any injury.

Children receive a short lecture before entering the farm, which includes the rules of the farm, (these are displayed in the farm enclosure), and that these rules must be followed for the personal safety of everyone.  Persons not complying may be asked to leave the enclosure. The talk also includes the correct way to safely pick up and handle the animals.

At all schools, centres and events an Old Macdonald’s Travelling Farms staff member is required to be in the enclosure with the children at all times, monitoring numbers in the pen for safety and security.

Extra Procedures for Shopping Centres:
Faeces – Floor is covered with straw to absorb urine. Faeces are removed as soon as possible.
Animal biting – Children are shown how to feed the animals correctly. However – should this happen a member of staff holds a First Aid certificate.
Animals escaping from the pen – This is a rare incident as the enclosure has a double gate exit. However – should this happen it would be the babies and they are easy to put back in the pen.

The Risk
What can happen and the result
Existing Controls Additional controls to reduce risks
Children may become unsettled due to lack of interaction with animals and thereby cause ‘follow on’ effect throughout the group Children are watched carefully for any apparent distress as they enter the enclosure. Should any signs of distress be observed, the child is quickly escorted out of the enclosure and given the opportunity to observe the animals through the fencing, allowing the child to feel familiar with the animals Children are re-introduced to the animals by giving them activities within the enclosure (ie apprehensive children who will not feed the animals may wish to groom them and thereby feel comfortable.)
Putting fingers in animals mouth, (may result in a bite on their finger) As set out above children are taught how to feed the animals by keeping their hands flat, which allows the animals to lick off the food? Experience staff observe children’s interaction and intervene where necessary. Signs stating that ‘children under 10  may need help feeding the animal’s are displayed Children are reminded of the rules before entering the enclosure and before they commence feeding .Baby animals do not have top front teeth therefore if children do not put their fingers into the mouth they cannot be bitten.  Staff are always on hand to offer advice and direction.
Picking up chickens and ducks incorrectly may result in children being scratched by their claws Children are shown how to correctly pick up chickens and ducks, to ensure the animal is happy and safe and thereby reducing mishaps from scratching.  Children are taught how to place chickens & ducks on the ground slowly and gently, which equally prevents mishaps. All avian livestocks claws are checked and where required clipped and filed.  Their feet are soaked in a solution every month which helps soften them.
Infection transmission is a livestock factor and is largely dependent on hand hygiene Children are taught the importance of not putting their fingers in their mouths after handling any animal and to wash their hands always after playing with animals. We supply Anti-Bacterial Gel for hand hygiene at the gate with signage to advise where nearest hand washing facilities are.. All animals are drenched, washed and sprayed on a monthly bases in order to minimize any potential infection
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