To aid in the successful planning and running of your camp at Blue Skies we have listed below the areas you may need to cover in your Hazard Identification and Health and Safety Management obligations.
Blue Skies endeavours to provide a high standard of health and safety practises. Part of this high standard includes that any visitors on site agree to adhere to our standards and help us to recognise and minimise any potential hazards.
On arrival at Blue Skies all group leaders are required to sign in at the office. They will be given a Health and Safety briefing and the keys to the hired facility, by the duty manager. This briefing will cover the duties of the Fire Warden, Hazards Identified on site, Emergency Procedures, other groups that maybe on site and Emergency Contact numbers.
Health and Safety information for groups is also available; at the office; in each facility, in Health and Safety Folders, displayed on facility walls and information boards. All group leaders will also be issued copies of these at the time of signing in on behalf of the group.
It is an expectation of the group leaders that they will pass on this important information to the group at the earliest possible opportunity. A Blue Skies team member can deliver this Health and Safety briefing to the group if requested. All rooms have fire exit signs, fire blankets in kitchens and extinguishers in kitchens and communal rooms.
Each group is to have a ‘Safety/Fire warden’ to take responsibility for the health and safety of the group in an emergency. Our Health and Safety procedures will be clearly explained and are available on the web.
This is through:
Checking in with the office on arrival
Outline of Fire Wardens’ Duties will be issued
Reading, understanding and acknowledgement of Blue Skies health and safety information
Reading the Identified Hazards Information at the office and relevant Guidelines; including on site rules and emergency evacuation procedures.
Undertaking to informing the group of relevant emergency procedures
Reporting to a manager any potential hazards you identify
Reporting to a manager any incidents, and completing an: Incident, Accident or Near Miss form.
Secure Safety Areas
There are some areas/activities at Blue Skies that pose a higher risk, including the Swimming Pool, Flying Fox and Abseiling Tower. A key needs to be signed out from the office for use of these; a supervisor must read, understand and acknowledge the rules associated with the use of these activities. Keys will only be issued following acknowledgement of these requirements.
Open Pond: There is an open unfenced pond on site as part of our Confidence Course. Special care should be taken in supervising young children around this area.
The boundaries of Blue Skies are to the West – Williams St, the North boundaries are the Youth Lodge/Scout Lodge Fence and Stone St gate. To the East the Main Trunk Railway Line and residential properties to the South. These need to be clearly defined for all young visitors particularly when participating in the Frisbee golf and Orienteering activities.
All gravel and tar seal access ways are likely to be used by vehicles, all roads should be treated as you would public roads.
In high winds, all areas under trees must be avoided; a number of the activities are positioned under trees; which have the potential to drop branches.
Each group staying at Blue Skies is to provide their own first aid kits. A basic first aid kit is kept in all kitchens and the office for emergencies. Blue Skies team members have been trained in basic first aid.
In case of an emergency the nearest medical centre is the:
Kaiapoi Medical Centre
69 Fuller St
Ph: 03 327 5115
Or phone 111
A doctor is on call in Kaiapoi for after-hours medical emergencies. Ring the number above for after-hours contact.