safety policy

ZIPWIRE

Venue: On site Zipwire

 

Instructor Qualification:

In house induction, training and assessment by Senior Instructor

 

Ratio: 1 Instructor to 8 Participants

 

There must be at least one responsible adult present during session aware of the abilities and disabilities within the group

 

Equipment:

·         Equipment should be recorded and dated when new

·         Equipment should be checked when setting up and taking down

·         Logged monthly checks of structure in accordance with safety check form

 

Pre Session:

·         Consideration given to group abilities, including medical issues, health and behavioural problems

·         Consideration given to weather conditions, etc, eg, overhanging branches, wet leaves on runway

·         Ensure an appropriate level of control and support is available

·         Ensure equipment is correctly fitted in accordance with operating procedures

 

Session:

·         Helmets must be worn on zip wire. See ‘Safety Policy Helmets’.

·         Ensure path of rider is clear

·         The number of rides taken at one time should be limited

·         Take care when moving and handling

·         Participant may be lowered top or bottom of zipwire

 

End of Session:

·         Equipment to be put away at end of session

·         Faulty equipment should be labelled and removed from service. The fault should be logged (staffroom whiteboard/check sheet) and made good as soon as possible.

 

 

   THE INSTRUCTOR HAS FINAL SAY IN DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT A SESSION TAKES PLACE AND IN WHAT MANNER IT IS CARRIED OUT

 HELMETS

 Under normal circumstances all participants must wear helmets for Climbing, Zipwire, Ropes Course and Tunnel activities.

 Where there is a compelling reason for a participant not to wear a helmet eg head size or a phobia, the following procedure should be followed.

 1.    The participant should be encouraged to wear a helmet.

2.    Consideration should be given to the balance between potential benefits of participation against the potential for harm. This would include consideration of the behaviour and abilities of the individual, external factors eg other support available, size of the group, conditions etc. in assessing the possibility of injury occurring.

3.    Discussion with the participant / responsible person about safety, additional risk and possible additional controls eg 1:1 working.

 4.    The agreement of the participant and or responsible person must be obtained.

Riders on the zip wire are to have a controlled walked descent being held by the instructor if they are not wearing a helmet.