Theme: General | Coastal | Inland | Information and data | Swimming pool | Water Sports | Education and Awareness | Swimming and Water Safety | Other networks



General Title
BSI Guide to achieving effective occupational health and safety performance (BS18004:2008) (£)
Health and Safety Executive Managing for health and safety (HSG65)
A brief guide for controlling risks in the workplace (INDG163)
Health and Safety Regulation ...a short guide (HSC13)
Plan, Do, Check, Act: An introduction to managing for health and safety (INDG275)
Personal equipment on inland and inshore waters (AIS1)
RoSPA & Public Health England Delivering accident prevention in the new public health system: Water safety benefits and choice
National Water Safety Forum Principles for managing water related risks
Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group Managing Visitor Safety in the Countryside: Principles & Practice (£)
IJARE International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education: Peer reviewed journal.
BMJ Injury Prevention: Peer reviewed journal

Search and rescue framework for the UK and Northern Ireland (2017)

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Coastal Title
British Marine Federation (£) Health and safety guide
Code of practice for the design, construction and operation of coastal and inland marinas and yacht harbours
DEFRA Managing coastal activities: a guide for local authorities (Archived copy)

Beach Users Study (2002)

Environment Agency The Coastal Handbook (2010)
Maritime Coastguard Agency Kids Activity Zone
Search and Rescue Framework for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2008, Archive copy)
Recreational Safety Strategy
RNLI Beach safety flags and symbols
  Coastal rescue equipment
  Beach and sea safety educational resources
RoSPA Safety on Beaches guide
RYA Managing personal watercraft (RYA, BMF joint publication)
Marine Maritime Organisation Marine Planning: A guide for local councils

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Information and data Title
British Sub-Aqua Annual diving incident reports
CHIRP Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Program (Maritime Incident Reports)
Maritime & Coastguard Agency Leisure facts and figures book
  Trends in watersports participation (Consortium publication)
National Water Safety Forum WAID database - holding water related accident and incident data
Also see research and reports pages
NHS information centre Hospital Episode Statistics online
RoSPA Home & Accident Leisure Surveillance System (HASS/LASS)
Annual drowning statistics (Now part of WAID)
RNLI Lifeguard and annual rescue reports

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Inland Title
AINA Managing inland waterway safety risks: a good practice guide for navigation authorities (2015).
Navigation signs and symbols: an industry standard for UK inland waterways (2006)
  Code for the Design, Construction and Operation of Hire Boats (MCA, BMF, AINA publication)
The Broads Authority Boating safety pages
Canal & Rivers Trust The Towpath Code
The boaters handbook (BW & EA joint publication)
Canal and River Explorers (Satellite site)
Towpath design (2013)
  Towpath mowing guidelines (2007)

Inland Water Safety Final Report of Scoping Study : Present Roles and Responsiblities August 2002

Energy Networks Association

Angler Safety: Managing risks associated with angling ... overhead electric power lines

Environment Agency Flood risk management plans, information and alerts
Inland Waterways Association Towpath policy note
  Cycling on towpaths: briefing note
The National Trust Activity advice and information
Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) Reports into significant safety incidents
RoSPA Safety at Inland Water Sites (1999)
Water UK Water UK Occasional Guidance note: Public access to open reservoirs (1999/2006)

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Swimming pool Title
British Swimming Facilities design and management advice
  School swimming and water safety: ASA Guidelines for School Swimming
  Safety management when teaching and coaching
CIMSPA Play equipment and water features in swimming pools (£)
Parental and operator guidance for child admission policies (2014)
Watersides: a code of practice for safe operation (£)
  Safe supervision for teaching and coaching swimming (Joint publication) (£)
Health and Safety Executive Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools (HSG 179)
Health Protection Agency
Management of Spa Pools part one: Controlling the Risks of Infection (2006)
  Part two: Controlling the risks of infectious agents (2006)
Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) Swimming pool water: Treatment and quality standards for pools and spas (£)
Royal Lifesaving Society Various resources
RoSPA Taking children swimming
Holiday hotel swimming pools
Swimming Teachers Association Various resources

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Water Sports Title
Amateur Swimming Association (Swim England) School swimming and water safety hub
British Sub Aqua

Safe diving advice, information and resources

Safety section including boating, decompression, rescue, equipment
British Rowing Row Safe Guide (2018)
  Staying safe resources, training and advice
British Canoeing Union Safety advice hub
British Triathlon Coaching resources
Royal Yachting Association Regulations
  Safety information

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Education and awareness opportunities
Respect The Water RNLI led campaign targeting men aged 16-39, as this group represents the biggest number of coastal drowning fatalities. Around two thirds of those who die around the UK coast are adult me.
Drowning Prevention Week Campaign week through led by RLSS UK. Seeking to promote water safety awareness and cut down the number of preventable drowning incidences which occur in the UK every year
Family Safety Week Campaign week led by RoSPA covering a broader range of safety topics including water safety.
School Swimathon Swim England has joined forces with the Swimathon Foundation, to help pupils across the country to ‘Swim their Best’ in the School Swimathon.
Water Safety Week Annual National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) led event in partnership with local fire officers and communities.
National Lifejacket Day An international campaign aimed at raising awareness of the correct choice and use of personal floatation devices.


Water safety education
Physical Education Curriculums England: (DfE) at key stage two
  Wales: Adventurous activities including water safety skill at key stage two



Others network & Orgs Note
Visitor Safety in the Countryside Group Focus on visitor safety at rural and heritage sites, providing case studies and information on case law. Principles for visitor safety.
IoSH rural industries group Requires IoSH membership.
Countryside Recreation Network Exchanges best practice on recreation issues. Publishes quarterly newsletter.
RoSPA leisure safety Information regarding public safety issues.
Water UK Management of reservoirs. Water industry network.
Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education Framework and advice for local authorities in Scotland managing trips, visits and outdoor adventure activities.

Updated | June 2018

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