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Risk Analysis and Management
Venue: Sutton/Middlemarch area Date/time: 3rd - 6th March
Personnel:Nathan/Lynne/John School: Macraes-Moonlight, Purakanui, Warrington

Undesired events:

Accident, injury, other forms of damage

Death/injury through vehicle accident or falling from bike

Student injured by aspects of the environment e.g. sharp rocks, slippery road, wheel ruts etc.

Becoming lost or separated from group

Hypothermia/hyperthermia due to climatic factors

Bike or equipment breakage causing accident

Damage to others or belongings through improper bike use

Entanglement in equipment

Animal attacks or stings

People Equipment Environment
Causal factors Poor group control

Inadequate supervision

Students with special needs / medical problems

Inadequate or lack of First Aid Kit / Medication

Inadequate clothing and equipment

Temperature extremes

Changeable weather


Risk Management Strategies Normal Operation Adult ratio of 1: 4

Clear instructions before starting

Setting boundaries

Set up roles for helpers

Knowledge of medical /special needs problems

A First Aid Certificated person

Roll call frequently

Suitable food and drink

Teach: Road rules/defensive riding, include riding safely as a group, keeping left, riding in single file, retaining spacing between subgroups to allow vehicles to pass, indicate intention of stopping, passing, keep speed down

Adult front/rear of group

Stay in close group

Take First Aid kits and individuals medication

Suitable clothing, including high-visibility vests, footwear, and waterproof outerwear

Spare clothing

Approved cycle helmets

Suitable spare parts and repair equipment.

Lights/reflective clothing if riding at night

Use suitable back pack or panniers

Laces tied and hooked into shoes

Emergency shelter making material for all group

Pre-ride check - bikes/gear

Avoid front wheel touching others back wheel, ruts

Appropriate consultation over weather conditions

Sun safe rules apply

Avoid animals on and leader to signal dangers

Beehives cycle slow past

Emergency Situation Means of communication for help – mobile phone

Vehicle at start or finish of intended route

Emergency procedures – defining roles of adults

Adult to remain with group, teacher and other adult to attend to situation

Send adult on bike for help to nearest entry/exit point if no phone reception

Details of intended route and times to be left at camp

Shout out very loud in an emergency whilst riding