Health and Safety
Earth-Worms take the health and safety of all children and staff who
come into contact with our business extremely seriously and believe we
have considered every aspect of any potential issues thus enabling the
hen hire experience to be safe, enjoyable and worry free.
We have written risk assessments available for you to apply to your
school or nursery with blank space for you to add any which are more
specific to your setting.
The whole flock at Oak House Farm is registered with DEFRA and we are
also on their alert list so would be contacted by them as soon as they
became aware of any relevant notifiable poultry diseases; as per our
terms and conditions we would agree to remove hens from settings under
All our equipment is sourced for its safe use by children and we are
only a phone call away should you be unsure of anything or need
We have researched and had lots of discussions on the subject of
handwashing, eventually sourcing an anti bacterial hand sanitising gel
specially marketed by Net Tex for use in schools and on farms.
There has since been media coverage questioning the use of its active
ingredient triclosan, however, we learnt that it was tested on mice
whose physiology is very different to humans and in large quantities
and as we always advocate using a pea sized amount and follow it up
with thorough handwashing with soap and running water, as advised by
the HSE, do still believe it offers protection until children go
indoors to wash their hands under a tap.
We will provide the gel, which is claimed to kill 99% of e coli and
salmonella viruses, in the equipment drawers but can remove it should
you wish us to do so.
We also provide little gloves and aprons for the children to wear whilst cleaning out the cosy coop.
Our ex caged hens are all salmonella vaccinated so the use of their eggs is of minimal risk.
Our insurers ask us that children under 5 should not hold the hens but
are permitted to stroke and touch them whilst a member of the
Earth-Worms team is holding them.