Health & Safety

Health and safety policy statement

Statement of Intent

Barrow Angling Association (BAA) will ensure the Health, Safety and welfare of its members, general public and any others associated with the club to as low as is reasonably practicable. The association will also ensure as far as is reasonably practicable that it does not cause injury to any club member, member  of the public or damage any property.

When dealing with health and safety all members or volunteers who assist the Association’s work parties will take reasonable steps to ensure their own Health, Safety and Welfare of that of others who may be working with them.

While undertaking such work the club must ensure that:

  • Planning
  • Delegation
  • Resources allocation (people and equipment)
  • Decision making and
  • Communication

has been considered before any working parties commence and that any specific hazards have been identified and the risks adequately controlled

BAA Believe that injuries, accidents and dangerous occurrences are not acceptable at any level; and recognise the importance of effective health and safety management and seek to ensure that this is compliant with current legislation and regulatory guidelines


Barrow Angling Association are committed to achieving high standards of health and safety and have set the following objectives:

  • To establish and maintain high standards for health and safety
  • To identify risks and establish measures to remove or reduce them to as low as is reasonably practicable;
  • To identify hazards, assess the risk and where practical change practices to remove the hazard or establish control measures to reduce the risk to as low as is reasonably practicable.
  • To ensure that all work parties are given the necessary information, instruction, supervision, tools and equipment to enable them to work safely;
  • To promote awareness of Health and Safety and ensure that all information on such issues are communicated to all Members, General Public or any other associated with BAA.
  • To regularly review risk assessments and update as appropriate and
  • To monitor compliance with this policy throughout the Association.



To ensure that the health and safety objectives set out in the General Statement of Policy are effective and to promote safe and healthy fishing environments, the following responsibilities have been identified:

Barrow Angling Association Committee

Have set the overall Health and Safety Policy for the Association and have ultimate responsibility for health and safety within the Association. This involves:

  • Monitoring the Associations overall arrangements to provide assurance of compliance with health and safety legislation.
  • Monitoring and investigating any incident/accident that occurs within the  association and with recommendations to eliminate occurrence.
  • Ensuring adherence to this policy.
  • Ensuring suitable Risk Assessments have been carried out
  • Ensuring that adequate resources are included within budgets to enable the association to comply with health and safety requirements;
  • Monitoring health and safety management;
  • Monitoring the progress of agreed action plans;
  • Ensuring that the health and safety policy framework is reviewed annually and in response to changes in legislation;
  • Ensuring that the health and safety policy and the results of the risk assessments are communicated to all associated with the association;
  • Ensuring that arrangements are in place for reporting to the committee  on health and safety matters;

Health and Safety Consultant

The Appointed Consultant will be suitably qualified and experienced and have knowledge of relevant health and safety legislation sufficient to ensure that the Association is kept up to date with any new and emerging statutory legislative requirements. He will provide support with the implementation of any health and safety recommendations described either in the Statement of policy or Risk Assessment process.

He is responsible for ensuring this Policy is reviewed annually, and in response to changes in legislation.

BAA Members and their Guests

BAA require all members and their guests, involved in the clubs activities whether recreational or working to consider the consequences of their acts and omissions and ensure that those acts or omissions do not give rise to foreseeable risk resulting in injury to themselves or another person.

General Information

All person(s) to sign the signing-in book to confirm their entry and exit from the lakes.

Signing in boxes are situated at each entrance to each of the waters.

While Angling

  • Keep well clear of others that are casting. If you need to approach or pass others that are casting make them aware of your presence as you approach.
    • Always wear glasses to protect your eyes.
  • Juniors must be under constant supervision, and both juniors and beginners should be instructed in the correct use of their equipment. They must be warned about the dangers of back casting’; in fact all anglers should be mindful of back casting and other anglers who may be passing above and behind.
  • Beware fishing hooks are sharp and lines can cut deep.
  • Pay due care and attention at all times.
  • Be courteous to others anglers when entering and leaving the water.
  • Observe signs on gates before entering site and ensure gates are closed behind you.




  • Do not touch any electric fencing.
  • Always keep well clear of overhead power lines.
  • In the event of electrocution to anglers from power lines keep at least 30metres away and call 999/112


Slips Trips and Falls

  • Be cautious and watch your footing in the water and on the riverbanks. Beware of undercut banks and steep drop-offs.
  • Be aware of slippery rocks and hazards, particularly in poor weather conditions.
  • Take care crossing bridges, particularly on uneven or slippery ground, or where guard rails are low.
  • Plan the route, watch footing and wear adequate footwear with ankle support, where possible stick to the designated foot paths.
  • Be mindful of wet and icy weather conditions which may make the bankings or Dams very slippery, all anglers must self-assess before attempting to fish from any steep banking which may pose a risk of injury while fishing on the dams Wear suitable footwear with ankle support.
  • Always ensure that fishing is permitted from the Dams at any of our reservoirs before you commence fishing.

Note: Fishing is not permitted from Poaka Beck dam unless the green flag is displayed at the signing-in book.


Personal Medical Conditions

It is each angler’s duty of care to advise others of medical conditions, and what to look out for and do in case you become ill while fishing.

  • Always carry a First  Aid kit or medication appropriate to your condition
  • Ensure you have made people aware of your whereabouts.
  • In the event of an emergency call 999/112
  • Wear sun cream/block, even when cloudy.
  • Wear a suitable sunhat/cap and sunglasses to protect eyes from glare off the water.
  • Take appropriate warm outdoor clothing and waterproofs.
  • Ensure you have a warm drink available if needed.

Protection from the Weather

Do not fish or walk with a fishing rod in the air during electrical storms.

  • It is always a good idea to take a 1 person First Aid kit and a mobile phone (but don’t expect it to work in all areas).
  • Ensure you have informed people of where you intend to fish and an expected time you are to return.

Protection from Animals, Insects and Vegetation

  • Keep well clear of wasp, hornet nests and beehives. Wear insect repellent to deter biting bugs.
  • Where possible avoid fields with cows and young calves, bulls and farm dogs
  • Do not touch snakes.
  • Do not place hands into any burrow or hole in stone walls and/or bankings.
  • Check your body for ticks immediately after returning from walking through fields. If you notice you have a tick/s attached to your skin and you feel confident in the removal of them then you could at your own choice, if not then you should visit either your own GP or A&E department. if you experience swelling or tenderness notice a rash or experience a fever after you have attempted to remove the tick yourself you should seek medical advice from your doctor
  • Wash your hands as soon as possible after fishing and before eating, drinking or smoking.
  • Cover all wounds with waterproof plasters and wash all new cuts with clean soap and water before covering with a waterproof plaster.
  • Do not touch any part of Giant Hogweed (unless wearing protective gloves). Do not lick or chew any plant, or eat unidentified berries or fungi.
  • Care must be taken while fishing waters that have a bright blue-green algal scum. If contact is made with such scum, wash off immediately.
  • Report all instances of unexplained fever or general feeling unwell to your doctor if the symptoms start to show after your fishing trip.

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