Health & Safety

All members have a shared duty of care under Australia’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation to ensure the health and safety of themselves and others within their surf clubs, so far is reasonably practicable. It is your responsibility to honour your legal and ethical duties to health and safety whilst participating in any club activities.


You should lead by example to set a high safety standard for others as well as promote a culture where everyone understands that SAFETY COMES FIRST! Ultimately your attitude and behaviour will determine if EVERYONE returns home safely EACH DAY.


To set a good example and be a positive role model for health and safety you should:

  • Adhere to SLSA, LSV and ASLSC policies, procedures and Codes of Conduct.

  • Always report hazards and all types of incidents.

  • Create, maintain and promote a positive attitude towards health and safety.

  • Follow all standard operating procedures.

  • Never smoke or be under the influence of alcohol or drugs when on duty.

  • Show zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination or bullying.

  • Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) or safety equipment (e.g. trolleys for manual handling) where required.


The below are specific topics with further details members should be aware of.


Injury Reporting

Every injury or work caused illness, along with any dangerous incident must be reported and recorded regardless of the amount of injury or damage. Potentially dangerous occurrences, i.e. near miss, should be recorded even if there is no injury or damage.


Injuries or work caused illnesses are to be recorded on a First Aid Form which are available on patrol, in the First Aid room or at the Nipper First Aid station. Please also inform a club leader of what has occurred (i.e. Patrol Captain, Coach, Age Group Manager etc).


Dangerous incidents or potentially dangerous incidents are to be recorded in writing and provided to a club leader.


Manual Handling

Lifesaving duties involve the lifting and carrying of equipment and rescued persons. A common workplace injury is to the lower back, caused by incorrect lifting or handling of heavy, awkward or large objects. Remember when lifting the following key points:

  • Use a mechanical aid such as a trolley where possible.

  • Lift items with a team of people.

  • Ensure correct lifting techniques when performing activities.


Sun Safety

As part of your duty of care to yourself, you should take all measures to protect yourself against deadly and dangerous ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The sun safety measures can be remembered by the six S’s outlined below:

  1. Shade – Use a shade canopy/tent.

  2. Slip – Slip on long-sleeved clothing to cover as much skin as possible.

  3. Slop – Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside with SPF50+ broad spectrum and water-resistant sunscreen to the exposed parts of your body.

  4. Slap – Slap on a broad-brimmed hat.

  5. Sunglasses – Wear 100% UV resistant sunglasses that conform to Australian Standards.

  6. Sunshine – Have awareness of the amount of sunshine. UV radiation levels are highest during the middle of the day.