Risk Assesment

In accordance with recommendations from the RYA, we conduct regular Risk Assessments.
Staff are encouraged to report any suggestions to improve this assessment.

HAZARD

PERSONNEL

CONTROL

Drowning from capsize Students ‘Buoyancy aids compulsory’ rule, while on or near water – children told at initial briefing. Rule enforced by senior instructors. Senior instructors to check personal BAs meet RYA standard. Capsizes are attended to immediately.
ICS provides spare Buoyancy Aids to RYA standard.
Drowning from falling in from pontoon or shore or safety boats Students and staff, and parents on last afternoon ‘Buoyancy aids compulsory’ rule for students while on or near water – children told at initial briefing. – enforced by senior instructors. Senior instructors check BAs meet standard.
Buoyancy aids compulsory for staff when on water.
Parents told in ‘final letter’ of ‘compulsory buoyancy aids rule’ for visiting children
Drowning from being trapped under sail after capsize Students ‘Buoyancy aids compulsory’ rule. Children briefed on this possibility at capsize briefing. Controlling staff close at hand. Possibility is in any case negligible.
Hypothermia from immersion or exposure Students Staff informed that cold children (whether or not immersed) must be brought ashore.
Head injury from boom Students Instruction given to children by instructors. Policy for Senior instructors: injured children must be sent in to Principal for treatment
Head or body injury from slipping or tripping on pontoons or concrete paths Students and staff Policy for Senior instructors: injured children must be sent in to Principal for treatment
Hit by moving vehicle in car park Students and staff, and parents on last afternoon PSC has speed limit. Children kept away from car park on last afternoon when parents arrive. When children leave with parents we assume parents will monitor.
Contaminated water (blue/green algae and Weils disease) Students and staff PSC tests water periodically and treat if necessary. We have policy on Weils disease (children informed re open cuts at initial briefing, capsize away from edge, shower after immersion, warning to parents in ‘post course information’ in case of flu-like symptoms)
Back damage from lifting boats Students and staff Senior instructors ensure sufficient bodies to lift boats (minimum 4 children for Optimists, 6 for polypropylene ‘Oppies’)
Fingers pinched between boat gunwhales or gunwhale and pontoon Students Students briefed at initial briefing, reinforced by staff. Optimists are comparatively light and the likelihood of other than minor injury is slight.Injured students sent in for treatment.
Fire or burning accident in kitchen Staff (Students not permitted in kitchen) Fire blanket at hand. First Aid kit readily to hand.
Fire at petrol refuelling point Staff Station is far from buildings and is locked metal cabinet outside. Refuelling under supervision of experienced bosun. Smoking prohibited at all times on entire site.
Scalding from showers Students Member of staff at hand when hot water very hot to ensure safe mix before standing under and turn off hot first
Slipping on changing room floor Students Students Instructed to put wet clothes straight into plastic bag, and to take towel to shower to dry before leaving shower cubicle. Floors sponged dry immediately become wet.
Use of raised plastic floor tiles in changing rooms reduces risk of slipping on wet floors – instructor in charge of changing rooms on capsize day to ensure that these tiles are used.
Splinters from wooden pontoons Students Policy for Senior instructors: injured children sent in to Principal for treatment
Medical requirements Students and staff Special medical requirements identified on control cards, and where appropriate brought to notice of relevant staff. .