Appendix : Safety on Outdoor Activities

Contents

â–· General
â–· Ill health/care
â–· Injury/First aid

General

❑ Individual group members are responsible for their own safety and health while on u3a activities
❑ It is up to each individual to follow the convener’s instructions carefully and to know their own capabilities and limitations
❑ Each individual needs to assess his/her health prior to each and decide whether they are fit to take part
❑ Activities organised by u3a groups automatically have public liability insurance cover, provided those involved are u3A members
❑ However, this is not a personal accident insurance and all members must be aware they take part at their own risk

Ill health/care

❑ The convener will carry the name of an emergency contact and a telephone number for each group member
❑ Members should also carry with them a contact name and telephone number which could be used should the need arise
❑ Should any member have an underlying health problem or medical condition that may affect them during an activity then he/she needs to speak to his/her doctor and discuss how best to manage this should symptoms occur while on a walk
❑ This information to be shared in confidence with the convener so there is a care plan in place should a problem arise
❑ If the health issue means that medication may be required then the member should ensure that the medication is brought with them and that either the convener or a trusted companion knows what to do in the event of any problem
❑ If a member becomes ill on an activity and the symptoms cease after a short period of time, the member in consultation with the convener should decide whether to continue or not
❑ If the member decides not to continue then he/she will be accompanied by another member to the nearest public transport (providing this is safe and feasible) and then home
❑ If the member becomes ill in an environment where it is difficult or impossible to get the member home or to a safe place, or symptoms persist, then the leader is to ring emergency services and follow their advice

Injury/First aid

❑ On outdoor activities the u3a leader will always carry a basic first aid kit but they may not be trained first aiders
❑ In the event of an accident or a u3a member being taken seriously ill, regardless of whether there is a member present with a current first aid qualification, you are advised to contact the emergency services immediately (999/112)
❑ You must state the location where you are, including: the address and postcode or use the what3words app
❑ You should give your phone number or the phone number you are calling from and give as much information as you can in a clear and concise manner

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