cRHS Safety

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Working near rivers, streams or other water bodies can be hazardous. When conducting a cRHS, health and safety must always be taken into account. Every effort should be taken to minimise risk whilst surveying, and the following guidelines should be followed:


  • Ensure you have completed a risk assessment before each new suryey
  • Work in pairs; where this is not possible ensure someone knows your location, work schedule and contact details in case of an emergency


  • Avoid contact with water and soil; broken skin should be covered with a waterproof dressing
  • If you are lone working make sure someone knows where you are and your expected time of return


  • Appropriate clothing and footwear (wellington boots or waders)
  • Ranging-pole
  • Life jacket if entering river


  • Do not enter the river if it is in flood and/or the river bed is not visible
  • Do not enter private land without prior consent from the landowner
  • Be aware of the weather at all times; if conditions change, reassess  the risk level
  • Avoid steep or overhanging banks
  • Do not enter culverts
  • Be aware of your surroundings and other activities occurring around you, e.g. grazing cattle
  • Be aware of unseen hazards, e.g. broken glass,  sharp metal, waste or pollution