Do YOU keep an Accident Book?
This, now, by kind permission of the Ingleborough District Monthly Newsletter:
Every Scout Group needs an accident book to record all the mishaps that occur. That way, it is easy to spot common problems and safety issues, as well as keeping notes of any incident, should you need to refer back to them.
The 2018 Data Protection Act requires you to make sure that the personal and medical details of members are not accessible to others by having detachable pages so that incidents are recorded but then the entry is removed from the book and stored securely for future reference.
Don’t forget that if any Scout Association member has been involved in an incident which required medical intervention, be it a visit to a doctor, dentist, nurse or hospital, or if any of the emergency services have been called, it must be reported immediately as the Scout Information Centre (0845 300 1818) has to be informed in order to log the incident for insurance purposes. Usually this is done via the GSL or DC so that the Group or District Team can offer support and guidance.
Don’t forget to record and act on accidental near misses that happen during Scouting activities! These could include simple incidents such as Scouts tripping over a raised piece of flooring when playing games, objects frequently dropping off a shelf in a Cub cupboard, leaders having to avoid eye injury from poles with spikes sticking out at head height, Beavers scratching their legs on a damaged waste paper bin, Explorers catching their fingers on broken seats while setting up a hall, etc.
Recognising a pattern of potential hazards could help to prevent a real accident happening!
Can you recognise potential Hazards?