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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:

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:

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

Salute to Ron Stoll

On Saturday 18th January we stopped all activity at Sealand in order to fire a five-volley salute to our (sadly missed) friend Ron Stoll.

Quite a number of members turned up specifically to pay their respects to Ron, but as we were limited to firing numbers by MoD rules, we had a squad of five – selected by lottery.

Ron, our friend

You can view the video below –

SEALAND A range on Saturday 8th, NOW MOVED to SUNDAY 9th September

We’ve just (13:00, 3/9/18) received an e-mail telling us that our shoot on Saturday 8th was accidentally double-booked by Nesscliff, and that both A & B ranges are now booked for military units.  I’ve expressed our disappointment at this late notice, and so we’ve been given A range the day after-  SUNDAY  9th September instead- the usual times prevailing.

We’re very sorry about this sudden change but sadly there is little we can do about it – we hope that the Sunday date will be a suitable alternative – particularly for those members who want to remain shooting at Sealand in 2019, and who have not yet put in sufficient attendances this year.