In order to achieve its objectives, any organisation is required to manage many business processes. Safety is one such business process. Safety management is a core business function just as for example financial management and HR management are. The RYA Safety Management System (SMS) is a systematic approach to managing safety, including the necessary organisational structures, accountability, policies and procedures. Three core aspects of a SMS are:
The cornerstone of safety management in the RYA is commitment from the top. In matters of safety it is the commitment, competence, attitudes and motivation of individuals at all levels that determines the end result.
The information provided in these pages outlines the RYA approach to Safety Management. Because each club and organisation is different, it is impossible to prescribe a ‘one size fits all’ template as the hazards, associated risks and controls used to reduce the likelihood and severity of accidents and incidents will change from location to location and from event to event. However it is hoped that the following pages will enable clubs and event organisers to think about an organised approach to safety and to consider the following: