CAP Safety Tip of the Week
Risk Management: Involve Members in Safety Planning
Involving members in the safety planning process creates ownership, enhances risk assessment and mitigation, and improves real-time risk awareness.
Why this is important
When members are involved in the risk assessment process, they are more likely to feel a sense of pride or ownership in protecting people and resources. Awareness of hazards and how they can be mitigated benefits from a diverse range of perspectives, and improves the quality of the planning and execution of a mission or activity.
Do ask for members' inputs on the hazards, risks, and mitigation
Do talk to them about their role and responsibility for safety -- for themselves and each other
Do always encourage members to speak up immediately when they notice an unmitigated hazard
Don't complete risk management in a vacuum: involve others and invite their advice and feedback
Don't treat risk management as a "paperwork exercise."
Don't ignore important safety information when raised by members