Policy Statement

Ross-on-Wye Angling Club (from now on will be referred to as RAC) is committed to ensuring that it will do all that is reasonably practicable to prevent injury and protect property. We will have due regard for protecting all other people who come into contact with the Club’s activities.

When dealing with health and safety issues officials, members and volunteers carrying out activities have a clear understanding of the need to operate within the context of this policy and arrangements.

Officials, members and volunteers involved in events or work parties will take all reasonable steps to safeguard all those taking part in activities and those who may be affected by them

RAC will cooperate with other organisations (landowners etc.) to ensure risks are properly controlled.

Health and Safety Arrangements

Duty of Care

RAC requires that all people involved in organising activities, work parties and day to day management consider the consequences of their acts and omissions and ensure that those acts and/or omissions do not give rise to a foreseeable risk of injury to any other person.

Risk Assessment

RAC will ensure that suitable risk assessments are in place and the results of the assessments are implemented. The aim of a risk assessment is to avoid harm and promote the health, safety and welfare of all involved or who may be affected by an activity (work or leisure). As members of RAC administrators and event organisers have not only a moral but also a legal responsibility to ensure that club activities and any organised events are as safe as practicably possible. Risk assessments are in place with a view to minimising risk as well as reducing the likelihood of accidents happening; in the event of an accident it will also reduce the chance of serious injury or ill health.

Risk Assessment procedures require that the Assessors have considered:

  • Hazards – anything that has potential to cause harm.
  • Who could be affected.
  • Measures already in place and actions to mitigate risk– to avoid possible harm.
  • Risk – the likelihood that something could happen, on a scale of ‘high’, ‘medium’, ‘low’.
  • Further actions – what more can be reasonably done to reduce the likelihood of an accident happening.

The Risk Assessment document has been completed and signed by a responsible person and is published on the web site. All members are required to read it and observe the implications of it.

Key Responsibilities

Person in charge (eg. Chairman)

  • Ensure this policy is adhered to.
  • Ensure risk assessments have been carried out.
  • Brief other officials/participants on all matters relating to organisational activities, especially risk management and allocation of equipment and resources.

Officials and Organisers

Club officials, administrators and/or organisers (persons in charge of a work activity or events) are primarily responsible for ensuring safety is properly managed. He/she has the responsibility to undertake all measures available to ensure the safety and well-being of all persons taking part in an activity/event and those who could be affected by the event. The success of an activity/event depends on effective management. The event organiser must ensure that there is effective:

  • Planning
  • Delegation
  • Resources allocation (people and equipment)
  • Decision-making
  • Clear (and effective) communication

Responsibilities of volunteers

  • Turn up at venue in sufficient time to prepare for the event/activity
  • Attend briefing (and debriefing)
  • Carry out allocated duties in an appropriate manner

Incident Reporting Procedure

In the event of an incident or accident involving personal injury the following procedures must be followed:

  • All injuries other than minor cuts or abrasions should be recorded on ‘accident forms’. It is a requirement that both the injured party and the responsible person sign the form. If the circumstances of the accident are not clear notes of the accident must be made on the form.

If there are doubts about the nature or seriousness of the injury, the responsible person will ensure the injured person is given appropriate medical attention as soon as possible.

Duty of Care.

Part of the commitment to safety on the bank the Club is obliged to produce guidance for the Club member so as to bring attention to the possible dangers or threats encountered when angling. Members would do well to read this document on the link below and bear its contents in mind.

Fishing Risk Assessment