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FUSSI Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment for Flinders University Speleological Society Inc. Operational Activities

Context:

This risk assessment considers the following steps or possible events in the process of Flinders University Speleological Society Inc. (FUSSI) undertaking operational club activities both on and off campus: ie. caving, training, club meetings and FUSA events.

New             Revised      

Version:   1

Date Completed:   19/01/2016


Activity

Hazards Identified

Risks Identified

Risk Level   Before Control

Risk Control Measures

Hierarchy of Control:

Elimination/Substitution/Engineering/Isolation/Administrative/PPE

Risk Level After Control

Who is Responsible

Caving in SA

Uneven and slippery surfaces

Minor slips, trips, falls

Low – Med

Cavers conduct themselves according to the ASF Code of Conduct and Cave Safety Guidelines. Personal first aid kit carried at all times. Appropriate PPE worn at all times. Complete first aid kit available at surface.

Low

All trip members

Sharp limestone surfaces

Laceration

Medium

Cavers conduct themselves according to the ASF Code of Conduct and Cave Safety Guidelines. Personal first aid kit carried at all times. Appropriate PPE worn at all times. Complete first aid kit available at surface.

Low

All trip members

SRT equipment failure

Severe fall, death

Med – High

Cavers conduct themselves according to the ASF Code of Conduct and Cave Safety Guidelines. FUSSI Safety Officer and Equipment Officer regularly service and check all club equipment. Caver is adequately trained in SRT above ground prior to undertaking SRT in a cave environment. Full safety check procedures followed prior to caver beginning an ascent or descent. Appropriate PPE worn at all times. Personal first aid kit carried at all times. Complete first aid kit available at surface.

Low

Safety Officer, Equipment Officer, All trip members

In-cave navigation problems (ie. lost)

Dehydration, hunger, anxiety

Low – Med

Cavers conduct themselves according to the ASF Code of Conduct and Cave Safety Guidelines. Qualified trip leader attends all trips. Maps, where available, carried and used in navigation. Appropriate food and water carried by individuals.

Low

All trip members

Rock falls/collapse

Severe injury, death

Med – High

Cavers conduct themselves according to the ASF Code of Conduct and Cave Safety Guidelines including remaining on marked in-cave tracks. Qualified trip leader able to identify unstable areas present on all trips.

Low

Trip Leader, All trip members

Heat exhaustion

Severe illness, death

Med – High

Cavers conduct themselves according to the ASF Code of Conduct and Cave Safety Guidelines. Personal first aid kit carried at all times. Appropriate volumes of water carried by individuals. Appropriate clothing and PPE worn at all times. Complete first aid kit available at surface.

Low

All trip members

Foul air

Impaired function, severe illness, death

Med – High

Cavers conduct themselves according to the ASF Code of Conduct,  Cave Safety Guidelines and Foul Air Safety Guidelines including remaining on marked in-cave tracks. Qualified trip leader present on all trips.

Low

Trip leader, All trip members

Stings, bites, disease

Minor-severe illness, death

Med – High

Cavers conduct themselves according to the ASF Code of Conduct and Cave Safety Guidelines. Personal first aid kit carried at all times. Appropriate clothing and PPE worn at all times. Complete first aid kit available at surface.

Low

All trip members

Free diving

Disorientation, drowning

Med – High

Cavers conduct themselves according to the ASF Code of Conduct, Cave Safety Guidelines and Free Diving Code of Practice. Appropriate clothing and PPE worn at all times. Complete first aid kit available at surface.

Low

All trip members

Caving Interstate/

Overseas *

Hypothermia

Severe illness, death

Med – High

Cavers conduct themselves according to the ASF Code of Conduct and Cave Safety Guidelines. Personal first aid kit carried at all times. Appropriate clothing and PPE worn at all times. Complete first aid kit available at surface.

Low

All trip members

Flooding

Entrapment, drowning

Med – High

Cavers conduct themselves according to the ASF Code of Conduct and Cave Safety Guidelines. Trip Leader to refer to local knowledge where possible and monitor weather conditions Personal first aid kit carried at all times. Appropriate clothing and PPE worn at all times. Complete first aid kit available at surface.

Low

Trip Leader, All trip members

SRT Training

SRT equipment failure

Minor – severe fall, death

Med – High

Trainees conduct themselves according to the ASF Code of Conduct and Cave Safety Guidelines. FUSSI Safety Officer and Equipment Officer regularly service and check all club equipment. Full safety check procedures followed prior to trainee beginning an ascent or descent. Appropriate PPE worn at all times. Complete first aid kit available.

Low

Safety Officer, Equipment Officer, All trainees

Club Meetings

Furniture and equipment in meeting rooms

Minor slips, trips, falls, electrocution

Low – Med

FUSSI members to provide duty of care to meeting attendees. Flinders University to adequately maintain equipment.

Low

All club members, FUSA

FUSA Events

Furniture used for stalls

Minor slips, trips, falls

Low

FUSSI members to provide duty of care to fellow members and general public. Flinders University to adequately maintain equipment.

Low

All club members, FUSA

* This item covers additional risks relevant to caving outside of South Australia. The hazards identified and risk assessments for ‘Caving in SA’ are still applicable.

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