OULSC Risk Assessment
 

This risk assessment was last updated on Sun Nov 14 2004

Introduction

Club: OULSC
Normal Activities: Teaching of basic and advanced lifesaving skills (dry and wet site), and using these skills at lifesaving competitions.

Hazards

Drowning

Affects: Club members
Controls: Trained lifesaver on poolside at all times. Pool rules enforced. All new members must be able to swim at least 50m and tread water for 1 minute. Any members with weak swimming ability are given extra training, and enhanced supervision. The pools used also have a large number of rescue aids available for use were something to occur.
Likelihood: 1
Severity: 4
Overall risk: 4

Diving Into Pool

Affects: Club members
Controls: No diving and jumping permitted in the shallow end. Members are made aware of the dangers of diving and jumping into shallow water, and should comply with any local regulations relating to the pool being used. Members are also taught how to safely jump and dive into deep water as part of general Lifesaving skills.
Likelihood: 2
Severity: 4
Overall risk: 8

Diving To Bottom Of Pool

Affects: Club members
Controls: All club members are made aware of RLSS regulations regarding diving to depths of greater than 2m (must always be optional, and is undertaken at the members risks). Any members with ear or nose problems will be advised against participating.
Likelihood: 3
Severity: 2
Overall risk: 6

Injury while practising releases and incidents

Affects: Club members
Controls: All participants instructed prior to activity. For releases, all members are advised to practice first slowly before attempting the main release.
Likelihood: 2
Severity: 2
Overall risk: 4

Sliping on poolside

Affects: Club members, Coaches
Controls: "no running" rules enforced, no activities involving running on poolside.
Likelihood: 3
Severity: 3
Overall risk: 9

Back injury during lifts

Affects: Club members
Controls: Only two person lifts are practised, all participants instructed before activity.
Likelihood: 1
Severity: 3
Overall risk: 3

Cross infection from first aid dummies

Affects: Club members
Controls: Dummies are wiped with disinfectants before each use. Lungs are replaced in a timely manner. Equipment is kept in good order.
Likelihood: 1
Severity: 2
Overall risk: 2

Hypothermia or Weil's disease when training on open water

Affects: Club members
Controls: Participants briefed about dangers before training. All open water training is done with RLSS clubs, where appropriate controls are in place.
Likelihood: 1
Severity: 3
Overall risk: 3

Travel to and from Competitions

Affects: Competition sqauds
Controls: All travel to and from competitions is done according to the guidelines in the code of conduct.
Likelihood: 4
Severity: 1
Overall risk: 4

Blood cross-contamination

Affects: Club members
Controls: Members must exit the water immediately if bleeding at any time during training or during a competition. Members should be aware of where First Aid facilities can be found. In the event of injuries or accidents involving club members, an appropriate accident form must be completed. A First-Aid kit is present at training and matches.
Likelihood: 1
Severity: 4
Overall risk: 4

Exercise induced injury

Affects: Club members
Controls: Members are required to inform a club official of any prior health problems. Recommendations are given with regard to consumption of food before training. Training schedules take into account the different levels of fitness of participants and instructions are given accordingly. A formal warm up-warm down routine is included as part of injury protection during training.
Likelihood: 3
Severity: 2
Overall risk: 6

Sharp Matter and Bare Feed

Affects: Club Members
Controls: Care is taken to ensure there are no sharp objects (such as broken glass) on the floor when members will be walking with bare feet (eg pool side, changing rooms). Any found will be removed and disposed of in a safe manner.
Likelihood: 2
Severity: 2
Overall risk: 4

Hitting Head on Pool End

Affects: Club Members
Controls: This is of greatest risk when swimming Lifesaving Backstroke. As such, we ensure that all people swimming on their back check their position (by looking behind them) no less frequently than every 6 strokes. Markers indicating proximity to the pool end are generally found in all pools we use for training and competitions.
Likelihood: 2
Severity: 2
Overall risk: 4

Rip Tides

Affects: Club Members at beach sessions
Controls: All club members are trained in how to identify rip tides, and how to deal with being caught in them. There will also be safety cover during all beach sessions to help out anyone caught in rip tides, and other currents.
Likelihood: 2
Severity: 2
Overall risk: 4

Board Related Injuries And Drownings

Affects: Club members at beach sessions
Controls: All club members will be instructed in the proper handling of boards before their useage. Club members must complete calm water training before being allowed to use boards in heavy surf. In more dangerous sea conditions, only those club members trained enough to handle the situations will be allowed out. Some sort of safety cover will be present at all times. Where possible, bouyancy aids will be worn while on the boards.
Likelihood: 3
Severity: 3
Overall risk: 9