The Club's Risk Management Policy and Risk Assessment process encourages the safe conduct of our activities.

Typical measures that can reduce risk on a bushwalking activity include:

  • Personal preparedness of participants (fitness, food, water & gear);check before leaving meeting place for walk area.
  • Driving care on bush roads e.g. loose gravel; slippery surface; animals crossing.
  • Knowledge of weather forecast, conditions and season - to help avoid heat exhaustion/heat stroke; storms including lightning.
  • Bushfire risk awareness / Avoiding DPAW prescribed burn days / Escape routes
  • Advance knowledge of river conditions (e.g. Avon River) River crossing skills - and avoiding fast-flowing water and slippery rocks.
  • Advance knowledge of water availability and drinkability
  • Avoiding, and knowing how to attend to snakebite
  • Avoiding, and coping with irritating ticks
  • Recognising and respecting your own & the group’s limits, experience and abilities e.g. slower pace; additional care on difficult terrain, etc.
  • First aid skills in group (including first aid kits)
  • Vehicle access/evacuation routes in case of injury e.g. ankle sprains, falls, esp. on steep terrain, slippery rocks, scratchy scrub.
  • Map reading and navigation skills - especially when walking off-track.
  • Emergency communication backup e.g. Personal Locator Beacon; plus mobile phone.
  • Emergency contact/s - Let some responsible person - at home/other - know your plans.

Example 'Risk Assessment Forms' are available. Please email completed or updated Risk Assessment Forms to the Training and Safety Officer at pbwtrain@gmail.com for inclusion on the website and use by other leaders.

See information on this site about:

Hydration

Bushfires

- Prescribed burns

Electrical storm