The Coastal Survey focuses on the risks apparent in foreshore and promenade areas. The Water Areas Report covers canals, reservoirs, rivers, lakes and ponds. The Open Spaces Report includes parklands, footpaths and associated equipment such as gates, bridges and fencing. Seasonal weather changes that occur with the onset of winter can result in a variety of new hazards in both of these areas.
The surveys highlight potential deficiencies in health and safety and risk management procedures, provide a profile of potential risks and offer constructive advice and recommendations for remedial action.
These reports can focus on a specific risk area, or can provide a general overview of the dangers associated with a wider site. Each survey is carried out by a qualified loss control consultant, who will conduct a review of the investigation of accidents, assess the organisation's compliance with statutory duties and suggest risk management measures for implementation.
'As winter approaches the risks associated with outdoor facilities can change dramatically, resulting in different hazards from those associated with the summer months.
'The Coastal, Water Areas and Open Spaces reports will help councils to become more aware of where risks lie and to prioritise action accordingly, providing a safer environment for local communities to use and enjoy'.