COVID-19 risk assessment

The government now says that, “those who cannot work from home...our message is clear: you should go to work.”

We want to assure you that the welfare of our customers and staff in these difficult times is our priority, therefore if you think the risk is too high to do a particular gardening job, please let us know promptly.

However, please note that the Governments, “New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work” was published to help get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely.

The risk is that you could become seriously ill if you contract the COVID-19 infection; or you could give it to a customer, who could become seriously ill.

Therefore, we have updated the Mr and Mrs Hogbin Gardening Services Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk assessment below. Please note again, we will have to revise this plan on a day-to-day basis. We will then review, and where necessary adapt our advice accordingly.

We also continue to adhere to and are following current Government advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have undertaken a dynamic risk assessment, resulting in the following simple 7 rules to help manage transmission risk:

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    You should wash your hands before and after a job, for the amount of time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice (around 20 seconds)

  • TWO

    Maintain 2 metres social distancing, wherever possible. For example, if working near the front pavement of someone's garden please wear a Visibility Safety Vest and use High-visibility Cones to alert members of the public of your presence.


    Customers have been advised to reinforce their cleaning processes, to clean more frequently, paying close attention to high-contact objects like gate door handles

  • FOUR

    Where people cannot be 2m apart (for example another tradesman also working near you), the gardeners should do everything practical to manage the transmission risk by considering whether an gardening task needs to be done now or can be rescheduled for a safer time.

  • FIVE

    A face covering can be very simple and may be worn in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t possible. It just needs to cover your mouth and nose. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head (It is not the same as a face mask, such as the surgical masks or respirators used by health and care workers). But remember to wash your hands before putting it on and after taking it off and after use. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them. If you can not find a suitable face covering at home, please request a new face covering from the Operations Director.

  • SIX

    Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (will have received a letter telling them they are in this group, or will have been told by their GP) have been strongly advised not to work outside the home. However, Clinically vulnerable individuals who are at higher risk of severe illness (for example, people who may be at increased risk from COVID-19, including those aged 70 or over and those with some underlying health conditions) should take extra care in observing social distancing and following our risk assessment.


    Paying close attention to high-contact objects, for example say NO THANKYOU to accepting drinks or refreshment from customers. Avoid sharing equipment you touch after each use, clean any new equipment or tools given to you to use. Don’t car share or accept lifts from colleagues for gardening jobs.

  • We hope sharing these details with you assures you of our best intentions and if you have any questions about our current COVID-19 risk assessment, or any additional questions please contact Neil Hogbin or you can email him at or call 07966083050.