We are serious about looking after people at Paremata Boating Club. We know we have a number of health risks and safety risks associated with our club’s activities that could cause injury.
To prevent people getting injured, we manage our identified risks by either eliminating them or minimising them, so far as reasonably practicable. We have assessed our risks and prioritised the critical ones: drowning, impact and hypothermia. We take a proportional approach to how we direct our resources to controlling them. Because we have a diverse range of club members, we also take a proportional approach to how we control and influence people and activities to achieve the right type of health and safety outcome.
Our club has a health and safety system made up of a number of policies and procedures. They guide us in what we do but we find our best tool is talking to each other. We communicate a lot about health and safety and we encourage people to speak out. For example, every sailing activity has a safety briefing and, often, a debriefing; every committee meeting has a health and safety component; and, every person involved with the club is expected to look after themselves and those around them.
We welcome visitors to our club and to our activities. We keep things as safe as reasonably practicable for our visitors by ensuring the place is well looked after. We tell our visitors about any risks specific to our environment and activities.
Management of our critical risks is described here. A more detailed risk register can be found in the resources below.
As each sailing season goes by, we actively look for ways to get better at looking after people. One important aspect of this is completing safety incident forms for any incidents, or near misses so we can learn from these and continually improve our procedures. This form can be found in the resources section below.
If you have any safety issues you would like to raise please email the safety officer directly.