Health & Safety Documentation

Documents pertaining to Health & Safety within the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust can be found below. Health & Safety is a top priority for us; as well as the business as usual Health and Safety, we will continue to keep our COVID-19 regulations up-to-date as government guidance progresses. We want everyone in our community to have confidence in our trust, so please do contact us if you have any concerns or queries.

Gradual easing of Lockdown from 12th April 2021

The national lockdown in England from 4th January 2021 is gradually being eased. Even during the lockdown, the Government website stated

"You can volunteer outside your home if:

  • you cannot volunteer from home;
  • you follow the social distancing guidelines;
  • you’ve not been told to self-isolate by NHS test and trace;
  • you’re not self-isolating for any other reason."

"If you’re ‘clinically vulnerable’ (moderate risk from coronavirus), you can still volunteer outside your home."

“If you’re volunteering in a workplace, it should meet coronavirus safety standards.”

The most recent Government guidance can be found at .

In effect, work-parties could continue within the guidelines listed above, but as in November 2020, it was up to each branch whether any would take place.

Even though outdoor exercise is now encouraged and many of our volunteers have already received one or both vaccinations, work-parties should continue to follow the social distancing guidelines for the foreseeable future.


Steve Bacon, Health & Safety Officer.