Safeguarding, Health and Safety

Lake District Ski Club Safeguarding, Health and Safety Policy

  • The Lake District Ski Club is committed to safe participation in snow sports at Raise
  • The health, safety and happiness of people is important to us
  • The activities and facilities provided by the Lake District Ski Club will be as safe as is reasonably practicable

The Club has the status of a volunteer sports club and does not have duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The Club takes account of appropriate guidance. According to the Health and Safety Executive reasonably practicable means balancing the level of risk against the measures needed to control the real risk in terms of money, time or trouble meaning you do not need to take action if it would be grossly disproportionate to the level of risk.

The Lake District Ski Club is committed to: 

  • safeguarding vulnerable people and complying with Snowsport England's safeguarding policies  for children  and adults.
  • undertaking regular, recorded risk assessment of the activities and facilities provided by the club 
  • creating an environment that is as safe as reasonably practicable by putting proportionate safeguarding, health and safety measures in place as identified by the assessment 
  • ensuring that all members are aware of and follow the club’s safeguarding, health and safety policy 
  • recording any incidents or near misses that occur during club activities and at club facilities 
  • reviewing all incidents and near misses and this policy and make any necessary changes 
  • ensuring that training is provided and operating procedures and emergency procedures are in place and known by relevant members 
  • providing access to appropriate first aid facilities

Club members must

  • appreciate that snow sports are activities with a risk of personal injury or death and be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions
  • note that all minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • take reasonable care for their health and safety and that of others who may be affected by what they do or not do 
  • note that Raise is a high mountain with potential for severe and rapidly changing weather, remote from emergency services, with un-groomed and highly variable snow, with unmarked hazards and no marked runs 
  • take personal responsibility for self reliance in this mountain environment and an appropriate standard of mountain and snow sports competence 
  • follow the FIS rules for conduct notices 
  • correctly use all equipment provided by the club and abide by notices and announcements by the tow operator 
  • not interfere with or misuse anything provided by the Club for safeguarding, health, safety or welfare 
  • co-operate with the club on safeguarding, health and safety issues 
  • recognise that failure to comply with this policy may result in suspension of membership  

If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact our safeguarding officer Johan Hoving at The Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership can also provide support and guidance.

LDSC Risk Assessment November 2023 (33kb PDF)