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This workshop is a completely safe experience where the following actions have been taken to ensure your pupils' safety, in line with all good practice guidelines with regards to risk assessment and avoidance and in line with our vast experience of delivering fun and safe workshops to many thousands of schools. In addition, we have a 100% safety record, with not a single injury since we started delivering workshops in schools in 2006, once more due to the care we take in risk assessment and accident avoidance throughout all of our activities.
The two identified safety issues for this workshop are the sharpness of real and replica flint and metal artefacts and also the bow and arrow/spear throwing activities, and the following actions have been taken to protect your pupils' safety, as also stated on the risk assessment which you can download here:
YOUR GUARANTEE OF A FUN, 100% SAFE, WORRY-FREE WORKSHOP IN YOUR SCHOOL
BOW AND ARROW/SPEAR THROWING SAFETY
ARTEFACT HANDLING SAFETY
BOW POWER: The equipment used has been custom made by a reputable bow supplier to be of a low draw weight that only sends the arrow a maximum of 4m distance.
ARROWS: the arrows have had their tips replaced with large soft tips made of a ball of wool covered with soft cloth
PERSONAL PROTECTION AGAINST THE BOW STRING: The low power of the bow means the chance of injury from the string is negligible. However, pupils are instructed to wear long sleeves to protect their arms, and wear protective gloves on both hands.
INSTRUCTION: Pupils are given instruction on the safe use of the bow and never use it unsupervised
WORKING AREA / SPECTATORS: pupils who are waiting and other spectators are situated in a safe waiting area 6m away and always behind the bow, out of its range in the unlikely event of misfires
TARGETS: The targets are folding pieces of wood for pupils to aim at. They are covered with soft faux fur, come with stands and pose no additional risk to pupil safety.
WHEN USING REPLICA SPEARS: The replica spears are made of soft foam over a softwood core and have a soft tip made of wool and cloth. They are lightweight at 500g each and have a maximum throwing distance of around 5m depending on the pupil’s strength. As such all of the above safety measures as per the bow and arrow are also applied.
Real and replica stone tools can often be sharp so all our tools, while looking authentic, have their edged blunted to prevent injury. In addition, pupils are only allowed to handle them with close supervision and never alone.
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