Nov 23 2008

06. 1st Aid/Safety Rules & Responsibilities

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FIRST AID

Suggestions
Sticking plasters – 6
Panadol
Water – cold and clean
non-stick dressing – 5 cm
Crepe bandage – 15 cm
Safety pins – 3
Scissors
Tweezers
Triangular bandage
Foil wrap
Antiseptic cream – 25g
Perhaps
Antihistamine tablets
Zinc oxide tape – 2.5 cm x 5 cm
Non-stick dressing – 7.5 cm
Disposable latex gloves

TAIERI RECREATIONAL TRAMPING CLUB

THE ORIGINAL SAFETY RULES

 

THE FOLLOWING RULES AND REGULATIONS MUST BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO BY ALL CLUB MEMBERS.

 

1. CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

Suitable Clothing

Cotton or woollen underwear, woollen bush shirt or jersey, thick woollen socks (if wearing heavy boots), otherwise light woollen socks, plus a spare pair, waterproof parka. Waterproof leggings or over trousers are also a good idea if a long tramp, or if weather not good. Sun hat and/or warm woollen hat (weather depending). MOST IMPORTANT: correct footwear for tramping in most conditions. Boots with leather uppers are preferable.

General Equipment.

It is recommended that each member carry a lightweight tramping pack (size and weight to suit individual members).

It is useful to carry a towel or large handkerchief in a plastic bag. This can be soaked in water and used for heat protection or used to dry hands and feet in wet conditions.

ALL members to carry a whistle, which must be used ONLY as set down –

1 blast to stop tramp.

3 blasts for emergency.

When whistle sounds the tramp leader will go back down the line to see what is wrong. The whole tramp will halt during this time.

2. FIRST AID

THE SAFETY OFFICER (appointed by Club Committee) to be in charge of First Aid Kit.; this to contain the following:

Plasters,   Bandages,   Aspirin,   Sunburn cream,  Knee and ankle bandages  Survival sheet,   elastic,   Insect repellant.

The Safety Officer will also check that trampers have adequate clothing and food and drink prior to start of a tramp.

The Safety Officer will also liaise with the Tramp Leader, and keep a confidential book of health and medical notes re. members.

3.TRANSPORT.

All members to know where to meet, and exactly where to drive to (in convoy if necessary). If members have no transport, check with the Car Marshal for the Tramp.

Drivers should always tramp with a spare car key in case any passengers should need to turn back for health reasons, &c., and such people should be escorted back by another tramper. NO ONE to be ever left alone on the track, especially if inexperienced in the bush or back country.

Driving on Country Roads.

It is important for drivers to exercise extreme care on country roads. Bends are often sharp and roads narrow, with the danger of meeting farm vehicles. KEEP LEFT and sound horn on sharp bends is a sensible rule. Leader of the day will make known to all rivers any hazards they may encounter.

4.LEADERS DUTIES

If you are LEADER FOR THE DAY it is essential that the following are carried out:

1. Check that there is sufficient parking space at the tramp starting place.

2. Check that everyone knows exactly the time to meet each week; also the time and place to meet up with other people either on the road or at the final parking venue.

3. Check that permission has been obtained from the proper authorities i.e. farmer, landowner or forestry officer &c, to have access to the property, and to respect the property i.e. – opening and closing gates

– lighting of fires and barbeques

– the movement of stock

– the crossing of fences, to reduce damage to a minimum.

4. Check that everyone is familiarised with the particular vagaries of the tramp of the day.

5. Give a short talk on the route before the tramp commences, outlining any hazards &c. Also if possible mention what might be looked for in the way of birds, trees, historical facts &c.

6. CHECK the number of people starting off.

CHECK during the day.

CHECK at the finish of the tramp (back at cars).

7. Tramp Leader of the Day to appoint a “tail ender” who must stay in this position during the walk, also other helpers as the Leader thinks necessary to supervise and help.

8. Leader of the Day to set times for meals and stop and start times.

9. THE LEADER OF THE DAY TO HAVE OVERALL CONTROL ON THE OUTING.

5. FOOD AND DRINK

Take adequate food for morning tea and lunch. (and a little extra for emergencies). It is ESSENTIAL to have adequate drinks. A plastic bottle of cold drinks, and/or a thermos flask of hot drink.

A few sweets containing glucose i.e. barley sugar &c is a good idea.

For tramps in hot weather, you may need to carry salt tablets or salt (ask your doctor first), to replace the natural body salt lost by perspiration.

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