West Clare Walking Club
  • Chairmans' Message
  • What is a Safety Statement
  • Introduction
  • Risk Assessments
  • Briefing Card

MESSAGE FROM THE CLUB CHAIRMAN

It is the policy of the West Clare Walking Club to provide a safe and healthy club for all our members, and visitors and to observe all State legislation and regulations.

We have and will continue to maintain a safety and health programme designed to guide our members to follow safe practices, which will recognise and correct unsafe conditions.

Safety is a part of each member’s job. Active participation and adherence to our safety system is a condition of each member’s membership. No member is required to participate in something that he or she knows is not safe.

Therefore, we must work to make every member safe by detecting and correcting unsafe conditions. This also includes detecting unsafe practices and reporting any defects in plant, equipment or unsafe practices to your Club Chairman.

Our safety policy has equal importance with the Club’s policies of providing the best quality and most productive service in our institution.

It is our goal to completely eliminate accidents and injuries. Because of the many different hazards of our activities, we must maintain a constant safety awareness to achieve this goal.

I earnestly request your co-operation in playing your part to eliminate accidents in our club so that we can all enjoy our leisure time free from any injuries sustained while involved in club activities.

Joe Lillis

(Club Chairman)

 

 

Safety Statement

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WHAT IS A SAFETY STATEMENT?

Under the relevant legislation, the Safety Statement is seen as the essential ingredient in the formula for the implementation and management of safety, health and welfare procedures within the club. Its purpose is to identify the policy and procedures that the club is going to use in order to effectively carry out these tasks.

All members including the visitors are required under this legislation to identify the hazards and assess the risks during club outings & walks and to put these details in a written format and also to specify the manner in which the safety, health and welfare of its members and other related persons is to be secured.

This written format is the safety statement. One could best describe this as a living document because it is constantly being reviewed and updated in order to ensure its effectiveness and purpose.

Simply put, a safety statement is the clubs plan on how it will manage matters relating to the health and safety of its members, visitors and other affected by the clubs activities.

The terms of the safety statement must be brought to the attention of the members and other persons who may be affected by this document. The safety statement must be reviewed annually.

This is a living document and should be constantly revised and updated in line with changes in work practices, Club structures and any changes in legislation.

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO OUR SAFETY STATEMENT

To: All Members, and Visitors

This Safety Statement sets out the safety programme of the West Clare Walking Club, and specifies the manner in which it is to be achieved in accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, in particular the requirement to carry out & record risk assessments as well as adhering to all other associated regulations and legislation where applicable.

Our club will have as a constant objective, the creation and maintenance of a safe leisure environment. This statement specifies the manner in which it is going to achieve the objective of making our entire clubs safe places to work, in so far as is reasonably practical.

Members should pay particular attention to the section outlining the hazards and risks as indicated in this document & any other dynamic risk assessments brought to their attention on any club activities and the controls to eliminate or reduce the risks involved in club activities.

All steps to ensure your safety are taken by the West Clare Walking Club but you also have your own legal and moral responsibilities for your own safety and that of other club members. You must participate in club activities safely and do everything you can to avoid accidents in our club.

The West Clare Walking Club will review and where necessary revise the Health and Safety and Welfare Policy to reflect any change in the club’s undertaking and will continue to give priority to the health and safety of members and the general public

The West Clare Walking Club undertakes to bring the policy statement and revision of it to the notice of all members.

 

 

(1)

Risk assessment & standard operating procedure

Organisation West Clare Walking Club RA/SOP Number  
Task/Activity Walking on High & Low level terrain Date  
Assessor  
  Key hazards associated with the above task/activity.                  
                   
1 Lack of navigational skills for planned route - Getting lost                  
2 Losing map/compass Unable to navigate                  
3 Loss of daylight hours Navigating in the dark and greater risk of getting lost. Increased risk of trips, slips and falls                  
4 Benightment - Not finding shelter, lack of food/fluid. Effects of the cold.                  
5 Rough/uneven/slippery terrain- Injury to foot/leg/body from trip, slip or fall                  
6 Forecast adverse weather Unable to find references, getting lost. Inability to protect from elements                  
7 Poor visibility, white-out Unable to find references, getting lost                  
8 Strong winds at height or near cliffs Falling or difficulty in walking ability                  
9 Change in weather, snow conditions Unable to find references, getting lost.
Inability to protect from elements, underfoot changes
                 
10 Avalanche/unstable snowpack Injury to body, suffocation, loss of group members, falling vertically                  
Persons Affected   PPE Requirements
Club Members X           Hi-Viz Clothing X Gloves X Food & Fluids X
Members of Public X           Walking Boots X Head gear X Whistle X
Young Persons X           Rain Gear X Day Pack X First Aid Pack X
 Control Measures
  • Leader training and leader responsibility guidance. Route planning and carrying out recce. Use navigation skill resources available in group.
  • Ensure a minimum of 2 maps within group. Use navigation resources available in group.
  • Plan activity period with daylight hour to spare. Cut short walk/use of escape routes. Use of survival bag and bothy bag. Share remaining food/fluid. Leave route details at base/contact number
  • Grading of walks. Published walk brief. Leader briefing at start of walk. Planning route around difficult sections. Unhurried pace on difficult sections. Communicate hazards. Correct footwear. Participants focus on foot placement.
  • Leader training and leader responsibility guidance. Monitors weather reports. Cancel walk. Re-plan route/walk.
  • Use navigation skill resources available in group.
  • Brief group of potential hazard. Find alternative routes to lower ground/shelter.
  • Check weather forecast, awareness of weather / temperature effects. In-walk assessment of hazards to group and actions to minimise risk.
  • Pre-planned escape routes. Ensure group is prepared (clothing etc) for change in conditions.
  • Club policy to not plan a walk in ice and snow conditions that present a hazard.

 

Risk Rating Before Controls

Medium High Risk

Risk Rating After Controls

 Low Risk

(2)

Risk assessment & standard operating procedure

Organisation West Clare Walking Club RA/SOP Number  
Task/Activity Walking on High & Low level terrain Date  
Assessor  
  Key hazards associated with the above task/activity.                  
                   
1 Poor fitness / health of participants Slow movement over ground, late return time, loss of daylight hours                  
2 Incorrect clothing Hypothermia, poor insulation, getting wet, effects of wind chill                  
3 Poor / incorrect footwear No support to ankle, wet feet and slipping on wet grass                  
4 Sunburn / Snow glare Sun burnt skin, pain/sore skin. Snow blindness                  
5                    
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Persons Affected   PPE Requirements
Club Members X           Hi-Viz Clothing X Gloves X Food & Fluids X
Members of Public X           Walking Boots X Head gear X Whistle X
Young Persons X           Rain Gear X Day Pack X First Aid Pack X
 Control Measures
  • Grading of walks. Published walk brief. Leader briefing at start of walk. Communicate regularly
  • Clothing guidance given on club website Regular walkers. Leader ensuring clothing is adequate before start.
  • Footwear guidance given on club website Regular walkers. Leader ensuring footwear is adequate before start
  • Lack of water / fluids Dehydration, head aches
  • Ensure group apply creams regularly and wear eye protection

 

Risk Rating Before Controls

Medium High Risk

Risk Rating After Controls

 Low Risk

 

(3)

Risk assessment & standard operating procedure

Organisation West Clare Walking Club RA/SOP Number  
Task/Activity   Date  
Assessor  
  Key hazards associated with the above task/activity.                  
                   
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Persons Affected   PPE Requirements
Club Members             Hi-Viz Clothing   Gloves   Food & Fluids  
Members of Public             Walking Boots   Head gear   Whistle  
Young Persons             Rain Gear   Day Pack   First Aid Pack  
 Control Measures

Risk Rating Before Controls

Medium High Risk

Risk Rating After Controls

 Low Risk

West Clare Walking Club
Leaders Pre Walk Briefing Card

  

Description of the Task/Activity:

What Kind of walk is it Waymarked,Loopwalk,Coastal Walk, Mountain Terrain, Other

   
Start Date/Time: Mention walk Date/Time Finish Date/Time: When finished
Walk Leader Who it is Contact Number Their number
Route Description Brief description of route where your going, any features you will come across, describe terrain wet,icey,muddy, rocky etc    
Specific Identified  Hazards Mention any hazards such as cliff faces, river crossings, public roads, etc    
Essential Equipment Gloves, Hat, Boots, Lunch, Fluids, Survival bag, Ho Vis Vest, Torch, Walking Poles    
Specific Training Is there a person with navigational experience or any other outdoor skills present if so say so    
Any Other Information Can be added    
First Aid Sign First Aid Facilities: Walk First Aider Name the person
SAR or Mountain Rescue 99/112
Nearest Doctor/Hospital Depends on Location of walk

 

 

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