Managing safety at inland waters

Inland water locations consistently account for more than half of all accidental drowning deaths in the UK, on average 250 each year. In almost half of these incidents the person had no intention of being in the water. Site managers have a pivotal role in ensuring that the number of inland drowning deaths is reduced.

This page contains advice and resources for site managers and duty holders at UK inland water sites: our lakes, rivers, canals, reservoirs and harbour areas.

Guidance

Reflecting recent developments in criminal and civil case law, this is the principal RoSPA guidance. Topics include advice and practical examples on risk assessment, selecting and evaluating controls, creating and aligning water safety policies.

This second edition, published January 2019 reflects the deeper insights afforded by the WAter Incident Database (WAID) and the development of collective principles to better manage water safety risks.

Drafted with the support of the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) inland waters group, this edition aligns with the UK Drowning Prevention Strategy objectives.

 

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National Water Safety Conference

Every 18 months, we hold the RoSPA National Water Safety Conference to keep water safety professionals up to date with the latest research and developments

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National Drowning Prevention Strategy

Produced by NWSF, which RoSPA hosts, the strategy aims to cut water-related deaths by 50 per cent by 2026

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Durham City case study

A team led by the Durham City Centre Safety Group worked with RoSPA to undertake a strategic review of the water safety risks within the city


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