The welfare, health and safety of all members of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, as well as any members of the public who visit our units, should be considered as the highest priority, however it is all too easy for H&S to be pushed to the back of peoples minds.
It is therefore important that the H&S team provide training and support to all Royal Air Force Air Cadet units, to allow them to understand the risks involved in the wide variety of activities we undertake on such a regular basis.
From the day to day, activities at every unit, through Squadron run Adventure Training Exercises, to major events such as the Wing Activities Day there will always be some activity which could, and sadly, sometimes does go wrong.
By considering the nature of all of these activities, along with the way in which it is intended they be carried out, Staff and Senior cadets can assess the likelihood of an incident, in relation to its potential severity, and decide whether there is any need to make particular arrangements for the task, to either reduce the risk to an acceptable level, or to revise the way in which it is to be carried out. This “Risk Assessment” is generally common sense, but to ensure we being competent and professional, we simply need to provide trained competent staff, record our actions and constantly review as the activity progresses to ensure that our assessments remain relevant. To do this we provide training to all staff and staff cadets in the identification of risk, and the necessary steps to reduce this to as low as is reasonably possible.
The Squadron is regularly assessed to ensure that it is achieving a safe environment and activities, and this is conducted by both internal and external bodies.
The aim should be to allow all activities to be undertaken in a safe manner, but still allow cadets to “Venture Adventure”.