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Risk Assessment Windsurfing April 2017

Hazards

Probable injury or Reason

Person at risk

Current control measures

Action required

Actioned by/date

Probability x severity = impact

Slips, trips and falls

Cuts and bruises

Chains, ropes, steps, slipways, stones, seaweed

User

Staff

Public

Good briefing

Enough helpers to handle lifts and shifts

Suitable footwear

Students under staff supervision

 

 

2x2=4

 

Dragging/carrying

Cuts/bruises to hands and feet

Back/muscle injury

User

Staff

Public

Good briefing

Enough helpers to handle lifts and shifts

Quad bike

 

 

2x2=4

Injury on underwater obstacles/foot entrapment

Cuts, bruises, sprains

Staff

User

Staff and users all wearing appropriate PPE and footwear

Communication between all staff and users

 

 

2x2=4

Collisions

Cuts/bruises

More serious injury if high speed

User

Public

Defined wind surfing area

Supervision by staff

 

 

1x4=4

Illness

Any pre-existing illness or injury that could cause problems

User

Pre-session forms

Safety boat teams to be informed of any issues

Users to be advised to take on activity any medication that may be needed during the session e.g. asthma inhaler

 

 

1x5=5

Climatic reaction

Sunburn

Heat stroke

Hypothermia

Hyperthermia

Dehydration

User

Staff

Briefing participants/staff on the need for skin protection, appropriate hydration and reducing exposure

Safety boat to carry spare warm clothing and appropriate hydration fluids

 

 

2x3=6

Drowning

Head injury

Lack of confidence

Poor swimming ability

User

Instructors to ensure competency for conditions

Safety boat cover

PFD

If secondary drowning suspected access A+E

 

 

2x5=10

Trapped fingers

Injury to fingers during windsurfing/coming alongside/launch and recovery

User

Staff

Briefings

Enough people to manage windsurf equipment

 

 

2x2=4

Separation from windsurf board or group

Hypothermia

Exhaustion

Lost at sea

User

Briefing re. capsize/hold on

Clearly defined windsurf area

Adhere to established group size and instructor ratio guidelines

 

 

1x5=5

Entrapment

Drowning

User

Briefing

Safety boat

 

 

1x5=5