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  1. Hi Boys and Girls I need a bit of help, I am the Sectretary of the RBL in Wimbledon, I have to do a Risk Assesment for the Rememberace Day Parade.
    Any help would be great.


  2. ?

    You are joking arn`t you?
  3. FlagWagger

    FlagWagger Book Reviewer

    Maybe not - here's a thread about some Health & Safety Nazi's recent campaign in Scarborough. WHile it may appear completely insane to rational people like us, there's a pen-pusher somewhere requiring all boxes to be ticked in the correct order, with the correct colour ink and heaven help us if we don't comply - the world is going truly stark-staring bonkers :(
  4. Good luck Caretaker!

    Hope all goes well but, as has been pointed out, the H&S and PC Fascists will be watching you every step of the way.

    You may want contact the local council HSE at the earliest opportunity to keep them on side.
  5. I am not Joking the RBL requested it, TA, boys brigsde, the Choir the Council all have to do the assesment. Was told when I went for a meeting to discuss the Parade at the Mayors Office.
  6. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    The mistake that you made was going to the meeting, I don't attend these type of things before either the Rememberance Parade or the Veterans Parade each year at Weymouth. Doesn't seem to make any difference as to what happens on the day and I remain in blissful ignorance of any PC happenings or requirements 8)
  7. They'll be banning us from marching next - on the grounds that we might damage our shoulders by swinging our arms back and forth too much! Then there's the pin thing that secures my metal RNXS badge to my beret - perhaps I might scratch my head and reqire the attentions of the St.John's Ambulance! And medals can be dangerous too - they might bruse one's chest if one has too many of them! Medals too will be banned! Talk about over doing things. How about sending the HSE inspectors out to Iraq and lets see how long they last?
  8. No he's gen - there is a report in the Mail today of a choir needing a Risk Assessment also.
  9. FlagWagger

    FlagWagger Book Reviewer

    Scene: Parade Risk Assessment Meeting.

    The Lead Assessor is addressing a meeting consisting of representatives from all bodies taking part in march plus legal representatives from council.

    "Right, we've done the risk assessment for moving the left foot in front of the right foot, now lets consider moving the right foot back in front."

    The meeting minutes (a small published work that for environmental reasons was restricted to 25 volumes, thus only jeopardising a small forest in Scandinavia) later identified a number of potential hazards and associated mitigations including....

    Potential hazard: the marcher might try and move the left foot again;
    Consequence: snotty heap.
    Potential hazard: the marcher may be unable to move right foot;
    Consequence: snotty heap.
    Mitigation - person concerned is a grown up and has been walking since early childhood!

    Hazard: presence of large number of metallic objects such as veterans' medals and band instruments may attract electrical storm activity.
    Consequence: frying tonight!
    Mitigation: Consider installation of temporary lightning conductors at regular intervals along parade route tio divert electrickery.

    Hazard: increased risk of hyper-tension due to unnecessary bureacracy.
    Consequence: death or serious illness.
    Mitigation: this risk cannot be mitigated without a change in society to reintroduce common sense.

    Seriously, I would have thought that parades of some forma or another are not that uncommon in many towns. The town councils will already have a number of standard practices that they adopt for such events, such as street cleaning (removal of trip hazards), signage and barrier installation (protection of the public), traffic management (protection of public & parade) and so on. WHy do they need to consider every damn parade on a case by case basis? Is it beyond the wit of council staff to consider any new parade against their standard case? Exactly what risks does a parade by WW2 veterans pose to the public over and above, say, a parade by the local boy scouts (other than, "they were in the services once and possibly killed someone - we can';t have trained killerss walking around our streets"!) - with all due respect to the members of the RBL (and they are due one hell of a lot) the major risk posed by a veterans parade could be illness to one of the parade participants which can easily be mitigated by the presence of St Johns or other medical cover.

    As an engineer to whom safety is my bread and butter, the current H&S regime really grips my sh..... sorry wrong thread.
  10. Might be an idea to contact RBL HQ as they might already have a formatted RA for parades
    As a quick thought via my experience as a safety rep at my workplace, risks involved are
    Traffic control
    Route of march (hazards en-route to avoid slips trips and falls)
    First aid cover
    Spectator areas
    Wet weather provisions

    Hope this helps, feel free to PM me and I will try to talk to our safety manager for his thoughts next week
  11. Might I suggest that if enough people in the RBL etc write to their MPs about this matter something could be sorted out.

    If you are not sure who your MP is then you can find out using the link below...


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