MVB Draft Risk Management Overview

Risk Management is a four step process.

Step 1: Identify hazards

Step 2: Assess risks

Step 3: Control risks

Step 4: Review 

Hazard Risk Likelihood Consequence Risk Rating Risk Controls

Bush fire

Injury or Death

Moderate for a midsummer walk in bush or forest
Unlikely in winter or wet conditions

High

High

 

Low

  • Walk leader to check with local land manager before starting a walk in a fire prone area during fire season
  • Carry a radio and mobile phone on extended walks during the fire season to check daily fire status
  • Overnight walkers to take food that doesn’t require a stove
  • Research the walk area in terms of fire zone, emergency exit routes & safe places
  • Consider cancellation of the event
  • No day walks in forest areas on a total fire ban day.

Extreme
cold

Frostbite, Hypothermia, Death

Likely in alpine areas and wet windy conditions
with high wind chill factor

Critical High
  • Clothing checklist for remote areas,mountain areas
  • Gear checklist for overnight walks
  • Leader must confirm that party members are carrying minimum clothing requirements (include day walks if cold conditions and off trail)
  • Club provides health / safety emergency-response training /education.

Extreme
heat

Dehydration / Heat Stroke Moderate in Summer Medium Critical

Medium

High

  • Clothing checklist
  • Club provides health / safety emergency-response training/education
  • Gear checklist includes capacity to carry adequate amounts of water
  • Leader (remote and extended walks) must make every attempt to confirm water availability and inform party members if special measures required e.g. carry extra water.

Snake Bite

Injury

Death

Unlikely

Unlikely

Medium

Critical

Low

Low

  • Gear checklist includes gaiters, snake bite bandage
  • Club provides health / safety emergency response training /education

Dehydration

Immobility

Likely in summer in steep terrain

Medium

Critical

Medium

  • Leader to make effort to ensure water availability and advise participants accordingly as to how much water to carry
  • Provision of training/education to advise of the risks of dehydration and strategies to avoid it

Extreme terrain

 

 

 

 

  • Events have a grading system so participants are aware of what the event will entail
  • Leaders to advise potential participants of the terrain and the nature of the activity
  • Leaders must be satisified that the participants have the appropriate skills and abilities
  • Leaders must ensure that appropriate equipment is carried

Mine Shafts

Injury or death

Likely in some areas

Medium

Critical

Low

  • Leaders must warn participants of the danger

Flooded rivers, seas, tidal crossings

Drowning

Likely in some areas

Crtitical

Low

  • If an event involves crossings after heavy rain in catchment areas or hight tides leaders must determine condition of  bridges or crossing points and plan an alternative route

Electrical storms

Lightning strike or tree fall

Likely in some areas

Critical

Low

  • Club provides health / safety emergency response training / education

Property damage

Leaving gates open

Likely in some areas

Medium

Low

  • Club protocols about private property, gates, animals, vehicles, control of children etc

Vehicle accident

Accident, injury , death Likely in some conditions Critical Low
  • Club protocols on driving distances, sharing driving, finish time of walks, driving in unsealed, mud and/or snow conditions - overnight stays if appropriate
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