If people are to lead active lives through a regular habit of sailing, they need to:
We can’t look at these in isolation, they are dependent on each other.
These resources can help affiliated organisations reflect on how you can develop and maintain safety management systems so that activity on the water can be safe, fun and open.
Each section has:
The action plan can be used alongside the resources and is there for you to capture the things you do well, opportunities for improvement and how you are going to continuously improve your approach to safety.
The resources do not prescribe what you must do, but provide a framework for you to think about safety systems and suggest what could be considered.
There is a lot to think through around safety on the water - so there is a lot of content here. Some tips:
If you feel you need further support, we are offering a critical friend service (currently being piloted) - an advisor who can visit, observe what you do and facilitate you to develop an action plan around your safety systems.
Safety systems will have at their heart:
A framework gives a system structure and allows you to manage safety within that framework - you create structure when:
It is people that will determine what actually happens on a day to day basis, the priority safety is given and the extent procedures are followed. A safety system means
People want assurance that getting involved in your organisation is safe, to see things done safely and to realise that learning leads to changes and improvements.
Safety culture is critical to ensuring safe activity on the water. It is difficult and time consuming to get right, but you know it when you see it.
Every organisation is different and so has different requirements for documentation. It is easy to say documents should be functional, concise, and shared – but harder to achieve
The scope of a safety management system is defined by the type of organisation you are and the duty of care that results, your organisation’s policy for safety on the water, and other policies that impact on what you do and how you do it
To manage risk you need to carry out risk assessments – identifying the hazards, assessing the risk to the people involved and identifying ways to control the risk as far as is reasonably practicable.
A risk assessment identifies the controls needed to manage risk to the people involved arising from a series of hazards. The controls are often then detailed further into policies, procedures, and rules to be followed.
Delivery of activity by experienced, competent people with the right attitudes, whose suitability for the role has been considered
Procedures, guides, manuals, observing others, induction, briefings, training opportunities and practice
Sailing has some inherent risks and you have a duty of care to everyone involved. Keeping people safe means they feel able to take part, and are aware of the risks involved.
Sailing is, in part, an equipment-based activity, no more so than for disabled people. Equipment increases independence and control but does need to be used properly. A lack of access creates barriers, disables people and makes activity less safe. So consider the facilities and equipment you use to get people on the water.
Reassure participants that you manage on the water activity safely by taking time to observe and monitor your safety arrangements, learning as you go and implementing improvements when needed.
Identify good practice, opportunities for improvement and create an action plan to develop and maintain your safety systems
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