Eden Juniors

Health & Safety Policy

 

The following information is provided to ensure all runners taking part in our organised training session do so in a safe manor

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Winter training - As all our training is done on the roads around Penrith we all need to be seen and be safe, so we expected everyone to wear a high visibility top AT ALL TIMES during club training sessions taking place in the hours of darkness. This is not only for the health and safety of participants but also as a necessary courtesy to other road users, pedestrians and the club coaches looking after the various groups on the road. It should go without saying that this is simply common sense in order to minimise risk, and in addition will positively reflect the club's image in the wider community. Wearing hi-viz when on a club run is club policy and should be standard practice for anyone running after dark. Session leaders will have the right to ask anyone not wearing HV to leave the session, although we hope not to have to enforce this.

 

Summer Training - Our Summers runs are a mixture of road/trail and Fell and so additional safe requirments are required.

All runners must sign-in (print Name) on a participation sheet. Before runners depart a safety brief and route discriptions will be given by the group leaders.All runners must carry the minimum kit of Whistle, Foil Blanket, Hat and Gloves, waterproof top and emergency food . You must sign out upon return to the meeting point, to ensure everyone has returned safely. If you have to leave early you must inform someone before leaving.Please download and read our safety policy before attending .

 

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Additional Safety Information

What to do in an emergency if running off road.

Stay calm. Think Logically. Prioritise.Prevent further complications to;

1. You. Stay safe so you do not become a furthur problem.Put layers on to keep warm, consider risks from animals/falling roccks/enviroment.Look to your own safety if visibility is fading

2. Bystanders. Might be useful witnessses, they may need reassurance and be able to help. They are safe,keep them that way.

3. Casualty. You can only help them if you stay safe

 

Emergency Services

if all you can do is alert them you have done well. Butquick actions might save a life

1. assess the casualty eg a fall? collapse? injuries ? how are they lying

2. decide how to treat any life threatening condition eg control any catastophic bleeding and manage their airway

3. summon help and keep the casualty warm

 

Calling for Emergency Services

If in doubt, get help. Rescue teams prefer an early call out to a minor injury than a later one that has become serious in fading light. If you have helpers use them.Think what the team will need to know . Making written notes is useful.

Dial 112(or999). Ask fot the Police then Mountain Rescue and say;

1. where you are with a full grid reference

2. how many casualties you have and the problem eg injuries, hypothermia

3. anything that can help identify your position eg Hi viz kit or shelter

4. telephone numbers of any other phones at the scene (in case yours fails)

keep your phone switched on and stay by it.

if you cannot make contact by phone and are alone with the casualty, use a whistle to give the emergency signal- 6 blasts every minute until help arrives. Ignor any 3-blast replies.

A text may get through when a mobile call will not and it will keep trying. there is a free emergency 999 text service (www.emergencysms.org.uk)

Leaving the injured person

This is hard to do but if the casualty needs specialist care , only you can help. If you leave the casualty site make it visible to help the rescue team. If the casualty is unconscious, place them in the recovery position, or on their side , to protect their windpipe and breathing and prevent them from choking if they vomit. Do not worry that moving a casulty might paralyse them becauseif they cannot breath they will die. Preservation of life comes first, injuries come second Mountain Rescue Teams Your hand over can be vitail in passing on important information 1. age and name of casualty 2. time of accident 3. what happened 4. injuries 5. signs and symptoms, eg what the csualty complains of and what you have noticed

Helicopters May arrave before the rescue team. They are noisy and create a down draft so secure and anchor loose kit. Reassure the casulty and protect from flying debris. Protect your eyes, put glasses on if you have them. Attract attention by standing and make a "Y" shape with extended arms to show "Help". Do not wave which means hello. Night crews use infrared cameras DO NOT shine torches directly at the helicopter. Do not approach a landing helicopter without a signal and DO NOT grab anyone being winched down.

 

 

 

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