Working on or near water? (RIG Event 6 November)

29 October 2015

If you have not seen the various notices about the IOSH Rural Industries Group (RIG) “Occupational Water Safety – A new Frontier?”  Networking Event to be held at the Nene Whitewater Centre, Northampton on 6 November, there are still places available.

It is aimed at anyone who carries out (or manages) work activities on or near water. It is open to non-members too, so please forward this information to anyone you know who you think would benefit from attending.

This event was flagged up in a RIG News item in June about the prosecution of a farm partnership following the tragic drowning of two brothers on a wildlife lake managed by the company on behalf of a trust. There have been several other fatal incidents and HSE investigations over recent years.

The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) and WaterWise Ltd both responded to the article “Still Waters Run Deep”  written by RIG Vice Chair Alan Plom, and published in Safety and Health Practitioner in March 2015. This reviewed the case and other incidents, and called for any information on training to avoid such tragedies, ie on work planning, equipment selection and training etc, rather than just reliance on lifejackets and buoyancy aids.  Both RLSS and WaterWise were in the process of developing different approaches to training on occupational water safety, so the call was timely.

This is a chance to hear about related incidents, precautions and recently available methods of training, and to see demonstrations of practical techniques to ensure safe operations on and adjacent to water.  There is also an opportunity for the more intrepid attendees to experience what it is like to inflate a life jacket in the water.

Further background and booking details are available in the event flyer IOSH Events webpage.