Health and Safety for Riverfly monitoring volunteers


Health and Safety for Riverfly monitoring volunteers

Workshops that Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust holds for Riverfly volunteers provide training and equipment, including health and safety procedures and how to complete a risk assessment form for in-river sites where sampling is going to be carried out.

Riverbanks are potentially hazardous places, they may be steep, slippery or crumbly and deep water, soft mud or strong currents may be below therefore when working in or near to the water volunteers need to wear a serviced life jacket, and work with another person nearby.

The safety principles include checking the water depth before entering, not wading out further than knee height in waders and having one foot firmly on the riverbed before before moving the other foot. Check the weather forecast each time before sampling, be aware that some water levels rise very quickly and never work in a river in spate.

Leptospirosis (Weil’s Disease) is a serious infection transmitted by contact with infected rats’ urine. Taking precautions such as plasters on broken skin, avoiding water contact to the eyes, nose or mouth, and washing hands after work particulrly before eating or drinking will help avoid this risk. Ticks can be present in bracken and other foliage where livestock live, so it is best to avoid overgrown areas and cover up wrists, necks and ankles.

Environmental risks when working in rivers need to be minimised, for example ensuring that there is no damage to spawning sites of fish, and cleaning equipment and waders thoroughly before and after use to avoid transmission of infections or invasive non-native species.

PRT Risk assessment form

PRT Monitoring Form (PDF)

PRT Monitoring Form (Excel)

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