“ Risk is an inherent part of the human spirit. Without it we cannot grow spiritually and discover our true being. To experience the warmth of shared human experiences in challenging situations and environments is to find peace. From: ‘And The Mountains Shall Bring Peace’ ” Risk?
The Law Civil (Roman Law) Vs Criminal Law Based on neglect
Duty of care Establishing neglect is likely to be based on an act or omission in relation to acontract. In our line of work the contract is usually a Duty of Care.
When is there a duty of care? A designated leader of a group owe a duty of care to its members, not only contractually but also by accepting responsibility. For an expedition a duty of care is owed to under 18s (‘in Loco Perentis’)
‘In Loco Perentis’ The duty is: - ‘to take the care that one would expect reasonably prudent parents to take’ Leaders are recognised as having this duty during the provision of expedition activities.
Risk Assessment A risk assessment is nothing more than a careful examination of what could cause harm to people during your expedition. The aim is to make sure that no one gets hurt or becomes ill.
Some definitions Risk means the chance, great or small, that someone will be harmed by a hazard. Hazard means anything that can cause harm.
Formal risk assessment Step 1– look for hazards Step 2– decide who might be harmed Step 3– Evaluate the risks and decide whether the existing precautions or procedures are adequate or whether more should be done. Step 4– Record your findings Step 5– Review your assessment and revise it if necessary