Safety and risk management in WildReality Safari refers to the process of identifying and preparing for safety and risks in safari activities and cultural and physical environments and applying appropriate preventative measures and response procedures in the event of injury, illness or fatality.
Safety and Risk Management Competencies at WildReality Safari
1. WildReality Safari shall be aware of best practice to ensure the safety of our travellers during safari activities.
a) WildReality Safari shall be trained in best practice for the activity they are leading and should be involved, and participate, in relevant professional member associations related to the activity they guide to stay abreast of procedural updates.
b) WildReality Safari shall keep updated information about the equipment they are using as well as the location they are taking their participants. WildReality activity safety procedures and equipment evolve constantly, and guides should engage and remain current on the updates from the technical communities that govern protocol.
2. WildReality Safari shall be prepared for predictable and unpredictable risk as well as objective and subjective risks
a. Leading travellers on Wildreality travel activities requires dynamic risk management practices for both predictable factors, such as those associated with equipment and logistics as well as unpredictable factors, such as the expertise of travellers and the weather conditions.
b. Risks can be objective, such as environmental hazards, or subjective, such as participant perception of risks. Often, the risk of an activity is more complicated than participants are prepared for or external conditions change unexpectedly.
c. WildReality guides will be prepared to support participants who are hesitant to proceed and help them reconsider their perception of risk to more accurately reflect the actual risk.
d. As WildReality Safari frequently takes place in natural or remote areas, guides will have a clear channel of communication with emergency response as well as a trusted source to check updates on the local conditions and any restrictions that may arise.
3. WildReality Safari shall be trained in and follow a safety and risk management system.
a. Local conditions and the risks of adventure activities will greatly inform safety and risk management protocols used by guides and their travellers.
4. WildReality Safari guides shall be knowledgeable about company specific protocol
a. Be familiar with and understand the risks of the Safari activities and itineraries they lead and be prepared for hazardous conditions,
b. Be aware of and trained in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of the company where they work and if the outfitter does not use one, be an active force to create one.
c. Be aware of and trained in the use of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) or Emergency Response Plan (ERP).
d. Submit a trip report (TRP) after each trip and identify any nonconformity with procedures in an Incident & Accident Report (IAR).
e. These IAR’s may result in changes to SOP and/or EAP protocols. Guides shall ensure they are up to date with any changes.
5. WildReality Safari shall have the leadership and the authority to respond to safety risks and emergency response
a. Guides shall be physically and emotionally prepared to carry out emergency response when needed in accordance with governing protocols.
b. Guides shall use informed and effective decision-making in a manner that results in the desired outcome and inspires confidence in others.
c. Guides should have the judgment and initiative to know when to cancel activities, change the program, or seek for assistance.
d. Guides shall know how to avoid, evaluate and care for medical problems in WildReality settings. (see Technical Skills & First Aid competency)