Managing Risk on Youth Expeditions

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Managing Risk on Youth Expeditions

  1. 1. Measuring Risk on<br />Youth Expeditions<br />Ollie Bray<br />
  2. 2. background<br />procedure<br />the law<br />risk assessment<br />questions<br />
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  8. 8. “<br />Risk is an inherent part of the<br />human spirit. Without it we cannot<br />grow spiritually and discover our true being.<br />To experience the warmth of shared human<br />experiences in challenging situations and environments is to find peace.<br />From: ‘And The Mountains Shall Bring Peace’<br />”<br />Risk?<br />
  9. 9. The Law<br />Civil (Roman Law) Vs Criminal Law<br />Based on neglect<br />
  10. 10. Duty of care<br />Establishing neglect is likely to be based on an act or omission in relation to acontract.<br />In our line of work the contract is usually a Duty of Care.<br />
  11. 11. When is there a duty of care?<br />A designated leader of a group owe a duty of care to its members, not only contractually but also by accepting responsibility.<br />For an expedition a duty of care is owed to under 18s (‘in Loco Perentis’)<br />
  12. 12. ‘In Loco Perentis’<br />The duty is: -<br />‘to take the care that one would expect reasonably prudent parents to take’<br />Leaders are recognised as having this duty during the provision of expedition activities. <br />
  13. 13. care<br />
  14. 14. ?<br />Being able to demonstrate a level of care:<br /><ul><li>Demonstrate that good practice is being followed.
  15. 15. Actively manage and control the group.
  16. 16. Assess the risks as an ongoing process – be open about them.
  17. 17. Be aware of typical incidents and how to respond.
  18. 18. Operate appropriately for your level of training and experience and be prepared for foreseeable situations.
  19. 19. Take normal decisions (what would respected peers do now?).
  20. 20. Use equipment is accepted ways.
  21. 21. Ensure that you have the relevant personal details of the participants.</li></li></ul><li>Risk Assessment<br />All activities involve risk<br />
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  26. 26. Risk Assessment<br />A risk assessment is nothing more than a careful examination of what could cause harm to people during your expedition.<br />The aim is to make sure that no one gets hurt or becomes ill.<br />
  27. 27. Some definitions<br />Risk means the chance, great or small, that someone will be harmed by a hazard.<br />Hazard means anything that can cause harm.<br />
  28. 28. think about<br />
  29. 29. Air travel<br />
  30. 30. Cooking<br />
  31. 31. Water<br />
  32. 32. Route<br />
  33. 33. Navigation<br />
  34. 34. Risks caused by<br />control measures<br />
  35. 35. Manual handling<br />
  36. 36. Changing physical factors<br />
  37. 37. Thinking<br />Ahead<br />
  38. 38. Reliant on the weather <br />
  39. 39. Hot<br />
  40. 40. Cold<br />
  41. 41. Training<br />
  42. 42. Civilisation<br />=<br />
  43. 43. The accident equation<br />human<br />hazards<br />accident<br />potential<br />physical<br />hazards<br />
  44. 44. Natural Risks<br /><ul><li>Water
  45. 45. Crevasses /Avalanche
  46. 46. Rock fall
  47. 47. Lightning strikes
  48. 48. Weather (blizzards)
  49. 49. Bears
  50. 50. Cougars</li></ul>All can kill or cause serious injury<br />
  51. 51. Human Risks <br /><ul><li>Lack of leadership
  52. 52. Failure to plan
  53. 53. Lack of skill / training
  54. 54. Lack of judgment
  55. 55. 3rd party
  56. 56. Over-ambitious
  57. 57. Poor communication
  58. 58. Failure to care for one another</li></li></ul><li>Formal risk assessment<br />Step 1– look for hazards<br />Step 2– decide who might be harmed<br />Step 3– Evaluate the risks and decide whether the existing precautions or procedures are adequate or whether more should be done.<br />Step 4– Record your findings<br />Step 5– Review your assessment and revise it if necessary<br />
  59. 59. collaborative process<br />
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  61. 61. In short<br />Acknowledge the Risk<br />Assess the risk<br />Manage the risk (control measures)<br />Review the process<br />
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  64. 64. Look for opportunities<br />
  65. 65. Blog Search<br />
  66. 66. Leading Edge<br />
  67. 67. Royal Geographical Society<br />
  68. 68. Young Explorers Trust<br />
  69. 69. Lonely Planet<br />
  70. 70. Google Earth<br />
  71. 71. olliebray@gmail.com<br />www.olliebray.com<br />@olliebray<br />

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