Making your Allotment Safer
Remember it’s your responsibility as a plot holder to make sure your allotment is safe for you and anyone who may enter on it.
Here are some simple suggestions to help keep you and others safe:
- Organise your allotment so that it reduces the need for high maintenance and lifting.
- Avoid trip hazards wherever possible such as; loose paving slabs, hosepipes left unravelled, tools lying around or uneven surfaces.
- Do not leave sharp tools lying around. Lock them away from children.
- Use surfaces that provide a good grip underfoot.
- Avoid your allotment, or the Allotment site, if possible when conditions are icy and slippery.
- Make sure your Well, if you have one, is securely covered and locked.
- Lock away chemicals such as weedkillers and insecticides. Just because they have the words ‘organic’ or ‘bio’ on them, does not make them safe for children to touch.
- Never leave bonfires or barbecues unattended and make sure the flames are extinguished before leaving plot.
- You should never use electrical equipment in wet weather, even when the power is provided by a generator.
- When using electrical equipment always use an RCD (residual current device) to prevent electric shocks. It cuts out the flow of electricity when a cable or flex is cut through.
- Wear safety equipment – such as; goggles, hard hats, gloves, steel toe cap boots and tuck in loose items of clothing – when using machinery.
- Don’t keep piles of rubbish on your allotment.
- If you are in the least bit unsure about the safety of tackling a job, call in professionals.
- It is a good idea to keep a First Aid Kit and sterilising hand cleaner on your allotment. It is also a good idea to clean your hands before you eat.
- Avoid leaving trip hazards around or uneven paths.
Personal safety equipment
Always make sure that you are wearing the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to avoid a serious injury when working on the allotment. This is particularly important when operating machinery such as rotavators, mowers, strimmers, chainsaws and hedge-trimmers. PPE can include steel toe cap boots, goggles, ear-defenders, gloves etc. Always consult an expert if you are unsure what you should be wearing for a job.
It is a requirement of your Tenancy Agreement that annually you will complete the Plot Holder Safety Assessment form.
Enjoy your allotment but please be safe!