Organising events in the port

This section provides additional advice on organising and co-ordinating events to ensure that the many diverse recreational events within the port can be undertaken safely.

Risk Assessment

This section of the Water Events Diary aims to point organisers of recreational events on the waters of the Dockyard Port towards identifying what risks may be associated with their event and acts as a catalyst to how they address them. Any organised activity on the waters of the Dockyard Port - MOD, commercial or recreational -has some risk associated with it. The organisers of the activity own the risks, but they are also carried by the statutory harbour authority, QHM. The organisers of recreational events are required to identify their risks and, by using safety management, make them tolerable so that the participants may safely enjoy their recreational activity, also assuring the safety of others who are not participating. QHM needs to know that the imported risks above background levels do not have an untenable consequential impact and do not compromise the safety of the port.

The process is nothing new and many event organisers already undertake risk assessments and implement safety management systems – although they may not formally identify their processes as such. The terms risk assessment and safety management can intimidate, but in reality they are part of our every day lives. Organised lower risk events happen afloat every day – the diary section of the WED lists many; most of these are covered by the process of the Water Events Checkoff List – itself a risk assessment and safety management tool, some events demand that a more rigorous approach be taken.