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NEW POLL - Does your club have a safety officer, or is the emphasis on individual members to each be their own safety officer?

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Q: Does your club have a safety officer, or is the emphasis on individual members to each be their own safety officer?

 Yes we have a SO
 No, it's down to everyone

Richard Acland30/06/2019 12:46:23
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We are all safety officers for the simple reason that the Safety officer cannot be at the field when every flying session is taking place. There is however normally one committee member present to note any transgressions.

Keith Miles 214/08/2019 10:20:25
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We have no safety officer. We do have a Committee. A very good one. We also issue members with a rule book which can also be accessed on line. New members or prospective members will be given a walk round of the site and general briefing, by a Committee member. We are BMFA affiliated.

Our rule book, which is no encyclopaedia, contains all relevant information regarding the site, including relevant safety information and expected behaviour. It does not, however, and for example, advise people never to put their fingers through the prop arc while the motor or engine is running!

It is a condition of membership that club rules be followed and that failure to abide by them could result in membership being terminated.

As somebody else has said, when members feel that they have been placed in danger, or potential danger, by a third party, it tends to invite comment or a report to the Committee.

Only once, in my experience, has a member been sanctioned after repeated breaches of flying field procedures.

Personally ,and presumably the view of the Committee, I see no need for a designated Safety Officer in relatively small organisations of this nature where such responsibilities can be just as effectively shared jointly by the Committee or a Committee member co-opted on occasions as required to deal with any specific issue.

As for any suggestion of having a designated person always on-site, wearing a hi-viz jacket emblazoned with the words “Safety Officer”, well..........


Keith Miles 214/08/2019 10:22:52
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Somehow, I managed to post twice.

Where is the “Delete” button?

Holding down the backspace key is somewhat tedious!


Edited By Keith Miles 2 on 14/08/2019 10:25:06

Edited By Keith Miles 2 on 14/08/2019 10:28:26

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