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

COVID-19 – GENERIC SHOOTERS RISK ASSESSMENT

OUTDOOR shooting 2020

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Clubs must comply with advice provided by the devolved Administrations.

AIM

  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)

ACTIVITIES

  • 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.

HAZARDS

  • 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

PERSONS AT RISK

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

RISK MATRIX

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
Bookings  
–  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 not 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 squads, assigned to a detail
– 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 on the range
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  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 receive a copy of this assessment. weekly
Date: 16/10/20 Review Date:  November  2020
Name: M Eveleigh Name: M Eveleigh
Position: Chairman Position : Chairman
Signature: Signature:

A nasty firearms robbery

Following a recent very nasty robbery, the Metropolitan Police have asked all the major National Governing Bodies of shooting to circulate advice.  We’d like all our members to accept and follow the advice, and to pass it on to other firearm owners.

On Saturday 5th September 2020 a firearm certificate holder advertised a gun for sale on GunStar, one of the well-known sites for sales of lawfully owned guns. The advert was answered by two men and the holder arranged for a meeting at his home.

He invited the potential “buyers” into his home where he showed the gun and his certificate. The “buyers” were in fact criminals who proceeded to hold the certificate holder at knife point, tie him and his wife up and then instruct him to load the gun for them. They then left, leaving the holder bound.

If we didn’t know already, the police have asked us to remind firearms owners that there are criminals who are also reviewing sites like GunStar. It is easy to assume, incorrectly, that purported buyers have the same enthusiasm for the sport as they do. This is not always the case.

To reduce risk of another such crime, the police have asked for our assistance to make crimes of this type more difficult to perpetrate and with joint effort, avoid a repetition.  They emphasise this is advice; it is NOT guidance or regulation:

  1. Try to check certificates prior to any meeting. A genuine buyer should not object to, for instance, sending an electronic image of their certificate.  That includes a photograph of the holder which can be compared with the person at the door, before any entry is allowed into the home.
  2. Try to complete a sale away from your home. At home, a criminal has access to the entire contents of your safe; a better location may be at your local shooting club as more people will be present. This will help to deter a criminal.
  3. Advertise locally within your club environment rather than online.
  4. Ideally use an RFD as a conduit for sale. This is by far the safest option, and while the cost is understood, the risk to the certificate holder is negated.

This robbery was shocking for the certificate holder.  The police have asked for our help to prevent any further, similar incidents.

We are sure that Phoenix members do take similar security steps when buying or selling firearms – particularly in the light of discussions we’ve had with members in the past when doing so.

Risk Assessment for MoD Ranges

We are truly sorry about the large amount of text involved in this, but we are obliged by the MoD to ensure that everyone who attends the ranges has read it, and will comply.

COVID-19 – NRA RISK ASSESSMENT

OUTDOOR RANGE 2020

If you are feeling unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms please do not visit an outdoor range, no matter how mild the symptoms. If you are displaying COVID-19 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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Clubs must comply with advice provided by the devolved Administrations. (IE: Wales)

AIM

  1. The aim of this Risk Assessment is to identify existing and potential Covid-19 transmission hazards associated with the use of outdoor ranges and 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/sanitisation and surface cleaning where necessary.

ACTIVITIES

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

(Signed) Mary Eveleigh

Secretary

Phoenix Shooters Association

HAZARDS

  • A summary of the major hazards:
Ref Hazard RA
1 Transmission from other members Med 4
2 Transmission from other range users Low 2
3 Transmission from other persons/general public on site Low 2
4 Transmission from equipment on site Med 4
5 Transmission from communications equipment Med 4
6 Transmission from communal areas Low 2

PERSONS AT RISK

  • This Risk Assessment focuses upon the risk to range users.  Landmarc/range operator staff will have been assessed separately by Landmarc/the range operator.

RISK MATRIX

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

Risk Associated with the Hazard Existing Control Measures Risk Rating
Transmission to/from members & Landmarc operatives Club members must not come to an outdoor range if they are displaying Covid-19 symptoms or sharing a household with someone who is displaying symptoms
Bookings   –  Range bookings will follow the Landmarc/range operator process        – Club members must carry the NRA Shooter Competency Card (SCC) whilst on the range  
Arrival and Departure 2 m Social distancing must be observed at all times, by all members as per MoD/Government/devolved Administration guidelines Club officials must control member arrivals/departures in car park to ensure compliance with 2m social distancing
RCO will sign on/off the range and receive/return radio in accordance with the Landmarc procedure and local Covid-19 procedures (radio is for RCO use only)           
Shooting Activity – Probationary members are not 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 squads, assigned to a timed detail – Only one shooter per firing point/target –
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.  
Marking Activity –  RCO must designate a Butts Supervisor for the butt party who will be accountable for compliance with social distancing/hygiene in the Markers Gallery.
Butt party and Supervisor must wear masks whilst in the butts/markers gallery.   – 
Only one marker per target – Hythe frames are to be disinfected between users by anti-bacterial wipes or sprays.  Alternatively, protective gloves should be issued to each detail on entering the butts –
Movement in/out of the butt must be controlled by RCO and Butts Supervisor and comply with 2m social distancing –
Butts Supervisor will control rigging/de rigging the range and compliance with social distancing/hygiene guidelines  
2 x 2 Medium
Transmission from other range users Club officials must ensure separation of groups is enforced.
Spectators will not be permitted on the range
The changeover on the firing point must be coordinated by the RCO and the Butts Supervisor
Masks may be worn by all parties
Equipment must not be shared between shooters
The requirement for Landmarc staff to converse with range users is minimal, if necessary there is sufficient space to maintain social distancing
Members must limit interaction with other users and comply with 2m social distancing
RCO must ensure that any waste is removed from the range in sealed bags
1 x 2 Low
Transmission from other persons/general public on site Spectators will not be permitted on the range
Club members must not engage with other persons/general public on the range  
1 x 2 Low
Transmission from equipment Club members must not share a vehicle unless they are part of the same household/bubble.
Club radios must be wiped down and placed in Ziploc bags
RCO/Butts Supervisor must ensure that target frames, radios, field telephone, butt flag, SARTS tablets are wiped down at the beginning and end of each detail.
Club members must sanitise their hands with alcohol based sanitiser of at least 60% alcohol content, before and after using target frames or tablets at the beginning and end of each detail.
In the event of a fault on target equipment the Butts Supervisor is to report the fault and retire from the equipment whilst it is repaired/adjusted
In the event of a firearm fault/malfunction the firearm is to be made as safe as possible laid flat pointing at the target and the club armourer tasked
All used PPE and wipes must be removed from the range in sealed bags
Club members are not permitted to access or to use tools and equipment belonging to Landmarc/range operator

2×2 Medium
   
Transmission from communications equipment Field telephones will be wiped down on change of user.
Club radios must be wiped down and kept in a Ziploc bag and reserved for use by the RCO, Butt Supervisor
Landmarc radio to be handled in accordance with local Covid-19 procedures.  
1 x 2 Low
Transmission from communal areas Members must comply with 2m social distancing guidelines at all times on MoD range/premises
Members must comply with local hygiene protocols when using toilets and must provide their own spray/gel/wipes.
1 x 2 Low
Date: 4/9/20 Review Date:  September 2020
Name: M Eveleigh Name: M Eveleigh
Position: Secretary Position : Secretary
Signature: Signature:

SHEEPSHED and COVID-19

We are trying hard to keep everyone safe by complying with the current COVID-19 regulations, while at the same time making sure we all enjoy ourselves.

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS:
If ONE member who has attended a shoot recently becomes infected, then we will have to close down immediately, and all of us will have to self-isolate. Please think about this carefully, and ensure you keep your distance.

To do this, everyone who wants to attend at Sheepshed MUST read and comply with the following fairly basic rules:
Note that there have been changes to comply with the regulations – they are in RED below

1. DO NOT ATTEND if you have any symptoms related to COVID-19.

2.Use hand sanitiser IMMEDIATELY ON FIRST ENTRY into the clubroom.

3.DO NOT ATTEND unless you have first booked a place and had it confirmed.

4.Keep 1 metre plus distance (preferably more) from others at all times, unless absolutely imperative.

5.Bring your own hearing protection AND MASK.

6.DO NOT touch other people’s guns or equipment.

7.DO NOT enter the alleyway by the clubroom unless invited to do so. That is both when leaving AND entering

8.If, in the 7 days following a shoot you have attended you find that you are suffering from COVID-19 type symptoms, you must inform us at once.

9.Masks are NOW compulsory, to allow the 1 metre + distancing.

10.A club gun will be available, but it must be booked in advance, and only if you don’t have one of your own.

11.A small amount of ammunition will be available ONLY to those who have none of their own, and must be booked in advance and paid for by BACS or cheque.

12.The maximum number of people who can attend a session is 17 including ROs etc.

13. Despite all the foregoing, please enjoy yourself!

We thought about putting up our NSRA/NRA Indoor shooting risk assessment, but it runs to 25 paragraphs on two pages of very closely-spaced type ! However, the rules above are derived from them, and we must be careful to abide by them. Please remember that people over 70 are considered to be more at risk from this infection than others.

The NRA have provided us with a risk assessment and declaration which the MoD have now accepted for use by clubs wishing to shoot on their ranges.
The NSRA have done a similar one for the indoor ranges such as the Sheepshed and both are required by the government under the current COVID-19 regulations if we want to shoot on these two ranges.
Together these documents amount to fourteen A4 pages, but much of the wording tells us what we already know (but which legally has to be stated) or is duplicated.

The general requirements for BOTH ranges are:

  1. NO member is to attend who is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, or who is a part of a household where someone has those symptoms. In the case of a member with symptoms, they must self-isolate for SEVEN days. In the case of a member who is not displaying symptoms, yet is a member of a household where some IS, then they must self-isolate for FOURTEEN days.
  2. Members MUST book a place at least 24 hours before the shoot.
  3. Any member who falls into the above situations after they have attended a shoot in the previous TEN days must inform the club, who must keep a record for the “track & trace system.
  4. Face masks must be worn in some circumstances.
  5. No food or drink is to be consumed at either premises.
  6. There will be NO club ammunition available until the restrictions are changed. (Soon, we hope.)
  7. There will be NO range fees.
  8. Strict social distancing must be enforced.
  9. Members must provide their own guns, ammunition, protective and other equipment.
  10. Bookings MUST be made in advance – NO turning up unannounced.
  11. NO sharing of equipment.

    For Sealand there are specific requirements:
  12. Social distancing of TWO metres (NOT as above!)
  13. NO probationary members.
  14. Shooters must carry their competency card.
  15. Only one shooter per firing point
  16. Only one marker per target in the butts.
  17. All targets, pointers and target frames to be sanitised after each marking detail.
  18. Each butt marker must sanitise their hands before and after each marking detail.
  19. No spectators or guests are allowed.
  20. All waste to be placed in sealed bags and removed by the club.
  21. Shooters must provide their own disinfectant spray/gel/wipes etc.
  22. The shed should have no more than five people in it at any one time. Members must shoot in timed squads – which means that everyone on a shooting detail must start and finish at the same time.
  23. Club radios must be sanitised and kept in a ziploc bag (also sanitised.)
  24. Masks to be worn in the butts.
  25. A maximum of THIRTY people attending at one time – including ROs etc.
  26. There are a number of other rules and regulations which will affect the ROs and the club officials, but they should not affect members in general.
    Targets-
  27. The matter of preserving targets is a difficult one: sanitising them is obviously not practical, so for the duration of the crisis we will have to rely on accurate and prompt marking. Butts parties to note!
    If two or more members have an arrangement that one will photograph the others’ target in the butts then send it to the shooter – that’s fine: sharing mobiles however is not fine, as viewing a target on someone else’s mobile will require a distance of less than two metres.

    As for the Sheepshed:
  28. Our first Sheepshed shoot is on Wednesday 29th July – an evening shoot starting at 19:00. You must let us know at least 24 hours in advance if you want to come along, with places allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. If we find that we get fully booked, we’ll post that as a notice on the website.
  29. Only a 15 shooters can attend due to the limited area of the clubroom and range –
  30. Members must sanitise their hands on arrival at the clubroom.
  31. Due to the narrow corridor outside, no-one must leave the clubroom without permission from Mary.
  32. Anyone wishing to enter the clubroom must first get permission from Mary – through the window at the range end of the room.
  33. No-one must enter or leave the range itself without permission of the RO.
  34. When a detail leaves the range, they must NOT enter the narrow corridor outside the clubroom but wait – suitably distanced – near the entrance until Mary gives permission for them to enter. This will not be done until the next detail has entered the range.
  35. Social distancing of 1+ metres will apply at all times, except for members of the same household.
  36. There will be a set of targets available in the range and once you have taken one, you must not replace it or hand it to anyone else. You must take your targets away with you at the end of the shoot.
  37. The toilet cannot be used.
  38. Members must take their own waste paper etc away with them.
  39. Air rifles are of course permitted.

    In order to get us started shooting again we have had to sign up to an agreement that we will do ALL of the above – plus several other requirements relating to Risk Assessments, record keeping etc.

    We know these conditions seem strict, but as they get us shooting again, then that’s a beginning. It’s certain that the COID-19 regulations will change as the law requires them to be reviewed every twenty-one days, but remember that a review does not necessarily mean a change, although so far – it has!

Clay Shooting System

Please read through the below before booking

Book a place at least 24 hours before the shoot day by e-mail or ‘phone (much earlier is preferable!) Due to the changes in regulations, there are NO time slots – we start at 10:00 and end at around 13:00.

Of course If you are suffering from any symptoms of  COVID-19, you will be isolating and therefore will not be attending the shoot.

Please bring your own ammunition but only if you haven‘t got any, please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements. We have been able to get some more 12 Bore and 20 Bore cartridges, but please note that we can’t accept cash on the day. There are NO range fees to pay.

At all times on the farm you must maintain social distancing rules – at least 2 metres or more apart. (This does not apply to members of a household living together.) If you wear a mask, then 1 metre + applies.

There must be no borrowing of guns or other equipment. We are unable to guarantee the safety of any members against infection so it is the responsibility of all members to take steps to ensure their own safety by acting responsibly and in accordance with the rules and procedures. Please bring your own sanitisation equipments – IE: hand gel or wipes etc.

We can have a maximum of 25 people at the shoot at any one time, but we must minimise the risk of infection and the risks to the reputation of the sport and our club. However, with the lessons learnt from the previous shoots, they should be much improved!
PS: If you want to come to a de-brief, you must let us know well in advance, as we have to book places – regardless of whether you are eating or not.

Please Note !

The Cotton Farm Clay Shoot on 4th July

First, please read thishttp://www.phoenixshooters.co.uk/clay-shooting-system/

Please select a time from the list below, then ring or e-mail us to book your place in one of the available time slots.
NB: If no vacant slots appear below – please contact us ASAP so that we can help.
Only six people may shoot in any of the time slots, and you MUST book beforehand.

Please remember that new social distancing rules (3 feet + ) must be complied with, and we would ask that members bring their own form of sanitising hand gel or disinfectant, own hearing and eye protection. There must be no  borrowing or lending of guns or equipment.

Anyone who needs club ammunition must let us know what is required beforehand. Please bear in mind that we have not been able to buy any ammunition recently, so stocks are low. Payment for club ammunition can be done by BACS or cheque. There are NO range fees.

There will be TWO time slots with six places in each but this may change subject to demand – we may need to have three session of 3/4 hrs each.

10:00 to 11:00

  1. GJ
  2. TD
  3. DB
  4. RB
  5. IW
  6. AP

11:00 to 12:00

  1. SF
  2. AN
  3. CS
  4. MR
  5. RR
  6. CW

Deactivated firearms for sale

These ex-guns were the property of a recently-deceased collector, and one of our members is trying to get some money for his widow.

1941 Mk1 .303 Bren great condition £850

1913  SMLE in fair condition £200

Enfield Indian percussion cap muzzle loading .50 cal circa 1850 £300

Portuguese Mauser 1904 pattern bolt action. Very good condition £450

Lee Enfield Mk4 .303. Very good condition. £400

Please speak to Mike or Mary if you are interested.

Deactivated Firearms Guidance

The latest (last!?) EU legislation on deactivated firearms is complex and confusing, but the Deactivated Weapons Association (DWA) has put together a guide to what should be notified and when – see the tables at the bottom of this page.)

We may be officially “out” of the EU, but we’re still in the transition period sat the moment (18/2/20) and this particular law was enacted before we left.

You’ll note that the “who” to notify hasn’t been included, but now that’s been made (nearly) clear at – Deactivatedfirearmsnotifications@homeoffice.gov.uk

You should use the forms provided at – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/circular-0102019-firearms-regulations-2019-and-the-firearms-amendment-no2-rules-2019

What possible way this can enhance public safety is – to say the least – questionable, but it prevents the UK having to pay a massive fine to the EU if they haven’t “done something” to comply.
This is the very least they could do to comply with the legislation and still avoid that fine.

Possession
Type of Deactivation? Notify? When to Notify?
UK legacy specifications deactivated prior to 7th April 2016 No N/A
2010 UK Specification (for firearms outside the scope of the EU Regulation – mortars, flare pistols, launchers, etc.) deactivated from 8th April 2016 No N/A
EU Regulation 2015/2403 (EU Spec 1) deactivated from 8th April 2016 to 27th June 2018 Yes BUT Not before March 14th 2021
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 28th June 2018 to 13th September 2018 Yes March 14th 2021 if taken into your possession by 13/09/18 or from now if taken into your possession on or after 14/09/18
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 14th September 2018 Yes Now
Transfer (for more than 14 days)
Type of Deactivation? Notify? When to Notify?
UK legacy specifications deactivated prior to 7th April 2016 No N/A
2010 UK Specification (for firearms outside the scope of the EU Regulation – mortars, flare pistols, launchers, etc.) deactivated from 8th April 2016 No N/A
EU Regulation 2015/2403 (EU Spec 1) deactivated from 8th April 2016 to 27th June 2018 No N/A
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 28th June 2018 to 13th September 2018 Yes From now upon sale/transfer
EU Regulation 2018/337 (EU Spec 2) deactivated from 14th September 2018 Yes From now upon sale/transfer