Match-Aid Health & Safety-Risk Assessment Policy

Policy Statement
Match-Aid & Team Maver Match-Aid (from now on, will be referred to as M-A ) is committed to ensuring that it will do all that is reasonably practicable to prevent injury or damage to property. We will have due regard for protecting members & all other people who come in contact with the club activities. When dealing with Health & Safety issues, officials, members, and volunteers carry 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. M-A will cooperate with other organisations or landowners etc. to ensure risks are properly controlled.
 Health & Safety Arrangements
 Duty of Care
 M-A requires all people involved in organising events, work parties and event management consider the consequences of their acts and omissions and ensure that those acts or omissions do not give rise to a foreseeable risk of injury to any other person or persons.
 Key responsibilities
 Ensuring this policy is adhered to.
Ensure risk assessment have been carried out
Brief other officials on all matters relating to risk management      or matters   arising about safety.
 Ensure that this policy is corresponded to officials, persons     on activities for the M-A and members of the society.
Report and log any accident or occurrences which may     happen.
 Event Management Team
 To supervise members or volunteers on work parties to work     in a safe manner.
To ensure all machinery is used by competent persons.
Highlight any dangers in procedures of work as required.
To stop any persons who are working in an unsafe manner     and advise a safer procedure to use.

 Members & Volunteers
 To fish or work in a safe manner and cooperate on advise or     procedures by the person/s in charge or a official of the M-A.
To fish or work to landowners safety requirements as advised     of.
All members or volunteers are responsible for their actions.
 Risk Assessment 
Risks associated with angling.
Rats, cattle, horses, and sheep may be encountered. Cows especially with calves or bulls can be unpredictable and hence dangerous - Please do not approach the animal/s, try to keep the most distance possible between you and the animal/s.
 Swans or geese are rarely aggressive but best left alone.
Wiels disease is transmitted in rat or cow urine. Please do not put wet line or equipment in your mouth. Please wash hands before eating or smoking. Undesirable bacteria may be present in animal droppings and pond or river water. Please take suitable precautions.
 Power lines
 Beware of walking or fishing under or near power lines, rods or poles are excellent conductors of electricity, and can jump across considerable distances.
 Rods or poles are good lightening conductors, please do not fish in these conditions, and seek refuge well away from trees. A good refuge is a car.
The Sun
 Please do not under estimate the suns power. Please cover up when fishing or working and take appropriate precautions to stop sunburn, heat stroke etc.

Beware of under-cut banks, and take particle care when banks are wet and slippery. 
 Slips, trips or falls are dangerous, please keep to obvious path and take extra care when wet and slippery.
 Fishing under trees can be unsafe on windy conditions and beware of falling trees and branches. Take care when your tackle is stuck up in branches, if you pull you may have the branch of the tree coming down on you which may cause an injury.
 Please beware of people behind you, around you or on opposite bank to you. Weights and tackle can cause injury to others.
 No wading is allowed in most event waters. ( Except for maintenance by event fisheries management team in accordance with "Working in water" rules).
Falling in water
If you accidentally fall in the water take care in getting out of the water, if the bank is too high walk along the bank with care to a more accessible exit. If you can't exit the water call for help or phone the emergency services. If help is at hand please take care not to endanger other people on pulling you out of the water. If the person can not exit the water with help then call the emergency services for help. A float is attached to the fisheries shed for use, when a person has accidentally fallen in the water and is out of reach from the bank. Please do not use the float for any other use than lifesaving, it is a very important life saving part of equipment and misuse will not be tolerated.
 First Aid
 First aid can be administered by any body for small injuries. When injuries are of a more serious nature then only trained personnel are eligible to administer first aid. If no first aiders are available then call an ambulance. 

Access to Venues
Access is via the event fisheries accepted route. If unsure seek guidance from the fisheries staff.
Work Parties
 Work parties to be supervised by Fisheries manager/team or person/s appointed to be in charge.
 All machinery will be used by appointed competent person/s or under supervision by fisheries manager/team until he or she has proved their competency with the machinery. All personal protection equipment will be supplied and must be worn at all times. Any Juniors attending work parties must be accompanied by their parent/s or guardian at all times be supervised by them.
 Working in Water
 To be carried out under supervision and to be arms length from bank. If wading is required further out into the water, then they must wear life jacket provided and life line tied to themselves and supervised by others at the bank side.
 Hand tools
 To be used in the appropriate manner for what they are made for and in a safe manner.
 Turn up at work parties in sufficient time to prepare for the activities. Attend briefing at the start of work party activities. Carry out duties in a professional and safe manner. To except advise on duties or safety  by person/s in charge. Volunteers who work in an unsafe manner or causes undue trouble at work parties or activities will be asked to leave from the site. All volunteers are responsible for their actions.
Work parties or activities on landowners or other waters, will adhere to their safety policy, as well as M-A safety policy.

 This safety policy & risk assessment will be a work in progress to highlight risks and to make all possible means to reduce the likelihood of accidents & injuries.
 Match-Aid, Team Maver Match-Aid accepts no liability of whatsoever nature arising from death or bodily injury or loss of or damage to property of any kind.

This document has been signed as part of the constitution at the AGM
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