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Airgun shoot COVID19 Risk Assessment – to be read by anyone wishing to attend.


OUTDOOR shooting 2020 [Based on Govt guidance as at 5/12/20]

NOTE : This risk assessment is based on the NRA Risk Assessment to include target shooting with the Phoenix Shooters Association.

If you are feeling unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms please do not visit a shoot, no matter how mild the symptoms. If you are displaying symptoms yourself you must isolate for 7 days. If you are sharing a household with someone who is displaying symptoms you must isolate for 14 days.

Government advice is available at:

Clubs must comply with advice provided by the devolved Administrations.


  1. The aim of this Risk Assessment is to identify existing and potential Covid-19 transmission hazards associated with the use of outdoor shooting to demonstrate that the appropriate control measures, in accordance with Government guidance, are in place. General mitigation, in all areas will include:
  • Maintaining social distancing in all areas
  • Minimal contact with common hard surfaces
  • Hygiene: frequent hand washing and surface cleaning

The three key areas of risk identified by the Government are:

  1. Droplet transmission (air borne)
  2. Fomite transmission (on surfaces)
  3. Population (types of “at risk” persons)


  • The primary activity is target shooting.  This assessment will include shooters arrival/departure and occupation and use of the shooting area. 
  • Club officials must ensure member compliance with Government advice and the devolved Administrations at all times.


  • A summary of the major hazards:
Ref Hazard RA
1 Transmission from other members M4
2 Transmission from other range users L1
3 Transmission from other persons/general public on site L1
4 Transmission from equipment on site M4
5 Transmission from communal areas L2
6 Members at particular risk M4


  • This Risk Assessment focuses upon the risk to Members. No others will be allowed in the shooting area.


The risk matrix defines the level of risk by considering probability or likelihood against severity.

Likelihood   Risk Matrix
Common/Regular/Frequent 3 Medium 3 High 6 High 9
Occasional 2 Low 2 Medium 4 High 6
Rare/Improbable 1 Low 1 Low 2 Medium 3
SEVERITY   1 Minor Injury or Illness 2 Serious Injury or Illness 3 Fatality Major Injury/Illness
Hazard Ref Risk Associated with the Hazard Existing Control Measures Risk Rating Add Control Review Freq
1 Transmission to/from members & others Club members must not come to shoot if they are displaying Covid-19 symptoms or sharing a household with someone who is displaying symptoms
–  Range bookings will follow the PSA process              
Arrival and Departure
2 m Social distancing must be observed at all times, by all members as per Government/devolved Administration guidelines.Club officials must control member arrivals/departures  to ensure compliance with 2m social distancing .  
Shooting Activity – Probationary members are now permitted to participate in club shoots during the Covid-19 restrictions
– Club Guest Days are not permitted
– The shooting activity will take place on the firing point & the area immediately behind the firing point
– RCO must ensure compliance with Government/devolved Administration guidelines on group size.
– Consider use of alternate firing points to ensure social distance is maintained 
– Members will shoot in individual details.
– Only one shooter per firing point.
– In the event of a medical emergency, the first aider will wear a mask & gloves when dealing with the casualty. In the event of a medical emergency the injured member will put on a mask if it is medically safe to do so
– The RCO will be issued with mask and gloves in order to intervene should a safety incident occur.        
2 x 2 Medium Protocols and procedures           weekly
2 Transmission from other range users Club officials must ensure separation of groups is enforced
Spectators will not be permitted in the shooting area.
Equipment must not be shared between shooters
Members must limit interaction with other users and comply with 2m social distancing.
RCO must ensure that any contaminated waste is removed from the range in sealed bags
1 x 2 Low N weekly
3 Transmission from other persons/general public on site Spectators will not be permitted in the shooting area
Club members must not engage with other persons/general public in the shooting area.
1 x 2 Low N weekly
4 Transmission from equipment (Fomite transmission) Club members must not share a vehicle unless they are part of the same household.
Club members must sanitise their hands with alcohol based sanitiser of at least 60% alcohol content, before and after each detail.
In the event of a firearm fault/malfunction the firearm is to be made as safe as possible laid flat pointing safely downrange and the club armourer tasked
Target equipment contact  limited to club officials.
Firearms and equipment must not be shared.
All used PPE and wipes must be removed from the area in sealed bags
Club members are not permitted to access indoor areas belonging to the landowner.
2×2 Medium N weekly
5 Transmission from communal areas (Fomite transmission) Members must comply with 2m social distancing guidelines at all times on the premises
Members must comply with local hygiene protocols and provide their own spray/gel/wipes.
1 x 2 Low N weekly
6 Members at particular risk Members who have received a letter from the NHS stating that they are clinically extremely vulnerable must not attend.
Members who are at moderate risk (over 70, Asthma, heart conditions, Chronic kidney disease, diabetes, etc) May attend but must ensure social distancing more than others, and wear a mask where appropriate.  
They should consider not attending.
Members from “Very High” risk areas should consider not attending,
Members from “Very High” Risk areas must not remain in any group of over six while at the venue.
2X2 Medium All members to read a copy of this assessment. weekly
Date: 11/12/20 Review Date:  15th December 2020
Name: M Eveleigh Name: M Eveleigh
Position: Chairman Position : Chairman
Signature: Signature: