Health and Safety Fieldwork Agreement        HS/01/17

This form only needs to be signed once after which it will be kept on file. Everyone who takes part in excavations needs to be aware of the conditions and to have signed the form.

Risk Assessment. to be carried out prior to each excavation. The Risk Assessment document will be circulated or displayed to all team members who should familiarize themselves with known risks, obstructions and hazards associated with the site before any fieldwork is carried out. The site must be managed safely.
 
First Aid. A first aider with an up to date qualification should be present at all excavations and the contents of the First Aid kit checked before the dig.  A mobile phone should be present during all field work for emergency use.
 
Personal Preparation. Anyone digging should have up to date anti-tetanus cover. Adequate clothing and footwear should be worn. Walking boots or trainers with non-slip soles are recommended. Wellington boots or sandals are not suitable. Waterproof clothing should be brought if wet and extra clothing if it is cold. Sun hat and sun cream essential in hot weather.  On excavations no one should attempt anything beyond their physical capabilities, care should be taken when bending or lifting and carrying heavy weights.  A mat or foam pad may be useful for kneeling and gardening gloves to protect the hands.
 
While excavating allow sufficient distance between you and another worker so that you do not inflict injury on them.  If your head is below ground level, wear a hard hat.  Do not walk close to the pit edge while someone is working below.
 
Behaviour on site. There should be no running or jumping near pits or in ploughed fields. No climbing on spoil heaps and keep to walkways if you are not excavating.  Take extra care if it is raining.
 
Only people involved with the dig or fieldwork will normally be allowed on the site while the work is carried out.  If visitors do attend they should be accompanied by a team member at all times. Abide by the owner’s instructions with regard to farm animals, horses or pets in the vicinity.
 
Tool Care - do not leave tools in pockets.  Place them back in the container or next to the site tent after use and do not leave them in pits or lying about the site.
 
Chemicals - The site may be polluted with chemicals (particularly slug pellets) on farm land.  Wash hands before eating and drinking.  Wear protective gloves if you have a sensitive skin or an open wound.
 
Old medicines - take great care if blue glass bottles or syringes are unearthed.  Protective gloves are essential.  Carefully remove items and isolate them.
 
Bombs and ammunition.  Evacuate the site and inform the police.
 
Underground pipes, drains and cables.  Excavate with care to avoid damage.  Do not leave pipes or cables unsupported.  Avoid disturbing field drains.  Be aware that sand plus tapes indicate the presence of service pipes and cables.   Blue=water, yellow=gas, orange = electricity.
 Field Work Agreement.
Detach, sign, date and hand to the site supervisor
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I have read the Health and Safety recommendations and agree to abide by them. I will take responsibility for my own safety and will be aware of safety issues concerning others on the site.

 
Signed:..................................... (Print name) .................................................... Date:......................
 
I agree to be present while my child is on site and be responsible for their behaviour and safety. 
 
Child’s name:.................................................   Age:  ......

Parent’s signature: ...........................................(A “child” is someone under the age of 16).