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Risk Assessment Paddleboarding 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

 

Injury associated with lifting, carrying, dropping  and falling from board

Improper technique

Lack of instruction

Back muscle injury

Damage to feet

Knee paddling in water depth <1m/3ft

User

Staff

Public

Ensure staff are briefed on heavy lifting technique

Carry in pairs if necessary

Staffed prepared for session

Teach falling and cover up technique

 

 

3x3=9

 

Members of the public

Getting in the way whilst carrying the board. Consideration for other beach and water users

User

Staff

Public

Try and be wary of public

Good group management

Sessions delivered away from busy areas

 

 

4x1=4

Change in/adverse weather conditions

 

Loss of confidence

Inability to paddle and control board

Blown onto rocks

User

Staff

Dynamic assessment of weather conditions

Brief customers on activity area

Appropriate clothing (wetsuits, boots, windproofs)

Wind less than 12 knots; offshore wind less than 10 knots

 

 

2x3=6

Collisions

Boats

Other water users and paddleboarders

Rocks

User

Staff

Public

Ensure good group management

Set session boundaries

Teach 2m spacing from one another/other water users.

Helmets on request or at instructor’s discretion

 

 

2x2=4

Separation from instructor/ equipment

Loss of confidence

Bad weather

User

Ensure good group management

Teaching ratio 6:1

Use of leashes when on water

No more than 250m from shore

Session only runs if instructor is confident

 

 

2x1=2

Entanglement

Leg leash/moorings/anchors/anglers/ swimmers

User

Staff

Keep group from moorings/busy areas/boat channels/bathing areas

 

 

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

Drowning

Head injury

Lack of confidence

Poor swimming ability

User

Staff

PFD for under 18 and at instructor’s discretion

Wear leash on the water

Ensure conditions are

suitable

Check waiver forms

At risk students employ smaller ratios and PFD

Instructor’s close attention at all times

If secondary drowning suspected access A+E

 

 

2x5=10

Waves and boat wake

Falling, impact with equipment, shallow water

User

Staff

Other water users

Instructor vigilance

Teach falling technique and shallow water paddling – go to knees

No breaking waves and <2ft swell

360° awareness

 

 

4x2=8

Equipment failure

Splinters, cuts, bruises, separation from equipment

User

Staff

Daily pre-course equipment check

 

 

1x1=1

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.

 

 

2x3=6