Safety Guidance

OMRA HEALTH & SAFETY ADVICE

OMRA maintains that by offering appropriate guidance, potential safety risks to officials, competitors, spectators and members of the Public will be reduced.

GUIDANCE FOR SPECTATORS

Motorsports can be dangerous!

Please follow these guidelines to help to stay safe when spectating at OMRA events.

  1. Do not enter any prohibited areas such as the pits
    Whilst most OMRA events take place at publicly accessible venues, OMRA will make clear the demarcation between public areas and the pits. Those involved in model powerboat racing are aware of the risks encountered in the pit area, but members of the public are not. Boats may be started at any time and propellers on model powerboats can be razor sharp.
  2. Keep Clear of pit crews
    Often boats with running engines are carried to and from the pits during races and drivers and their pit crew need the pits to be clear of any unnecessary personnel during races to be able to effect running repairs etc.  Please stay well clear of the pit area during races.
  3. Stay away from the water’s edge
    Boats may leave the water at any time as water conditions can be unpredictable. Stay clear of the water’s edge and never turn your back on the race circuit when in close proximity.
  4. Please do not distract drivers and pit crews during races.
    It’s acknowledged that you may be very interested in the sport of model powerboating, but if you try to talk to racers, spotters or pit crews during races, you may well not get the response you expect! Racing is a serious business and demands high levels of concentration and when things start to happen,. they happen very quickly. The best advice is to look for OMRA members or Officials who are not busy and have a chat with them
  5. Find  a safe vantage point from which to watch
    The best advice is to look around for a spot where you can watch all the action which is well away from the water and is in an elevated position. Settle down with a chair and some food and watch the action! Keep an eye out for when racers or crews take a break from the Pits and have a chat with them when they are relaxing – they will be far more likely to give you time to chat when they are not up to their spark plugs in engines and fuel!

MOST OF ALL, PLEASE STAY SAFE AND STAY CLEAR OF THE PIT AND DRIVER AREAS.  THANKS

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GENERAL SAFETY GUIDELINES

Due to the variability and nature of the environments at race venues, careful consideration and assessment is required. The circuit should be set out to give a sensible margin of safety to spectators. The distance between the waters edge and the spectators should provide a safety zone. This may be achieved by erecting a designated line using safety tape,

If felt necessary following a risk assessment, signs should be erected to communicate the following context:

“PLEASE KEEP OUT OF THE PIT AREA. OMRA MEMBERS ONLY – THIS IS A POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS ZONE AND OMRA CANNOT GUARANTEE YOUR SAFETY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ENTER. BE AWARE THAT BOATS MAY LEAVE THE WATER AT ANY TIME AT HIGH SPEED.”

An exclusion zone may be needed around the pits and drivers/competitors area, officials and timekeepers. Signage should be provided with wording communicating the following context:

“OMRA MEMBERS ONLY – FOR SAFETY REASONS, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MUST  NOT ENTER THIS ZONE”

The officials will keep control over radio frequencies by pre-registering entrants and ensuring that frequencies do not clash.  (With the advent of 2.4Ghz radio systems, this risk has all but disappeared).

A first aid kit will be made available at every meeting, and shall be used in the understanding that it will be at the users risk.

ANY DECISION MADE BY THE OFFICER OF THE DAY ON ANY MATTER SHALL BE FINAL

Due consideration of the environment is key. Every effort shall be made to ensure rubbish and debris is correctly disposed of. Model boats may be powered by liquid fuels e.g. petroleum, liquid gases or electrically. OMRA members are expected to operate and control these materials in a safe and responsible manner.

RISK ASSESSMENT

A Risk Assessment shall be completed by the OOD or Race Organiser prior to each event and where risks are identified, control measures deemed commensurate with the risks shall be deployed.  Guidance is given in the relevant Risk Assessment documentation and this shall be downloaded and completed by the Race Organiser.

RISKS

Falling, tripping, slipping, drowning, being struck by an out of control boat, injury from propellers, falling from the rescue boat, eye injury from transmitter aerials, risk of water born disease.

RISK EVALUATION

Slipping, tripping, falling – Those most at risk are the officials and drivers/competitors during the competition. Spectators may also be at risk.

  1. Drowning, everyone at the waterside is at risk, especially non-swim mers and young children.
  2. Being struck by an out of control boat – At potential risk will be spectators, drivers/competitors, officials within five metres of the waters edge, and wildlife such as waterfowl.
  3. Risk of injury from moving propellers – At risk will be assistants who may be required to start the boats in the water, drivers/competitors and assistants working on the boats in the pits, spectators after a boat has left the water, and those recovering boats from the water
  4. Falling from the rescue boat – At risk are the officials who operate the boat.
  5. Eye injuries from transmitter aerials – At risk are the officials, drivers/competitors and assistants in the pit or drivers area.
  6. Water born viruses and disease from moving, still or stagnant water, or where waterfowl and wildlife is evident – All who come into contact with the water are potentially at risk.
  7. Risk of injury from re-chargeable battery disintegration or catching fire within a model boat or while the battery is being charged – At risk are officials, drivers/competitors and assistants in the start, driver and pit areas.
  8. The officer of the day must satisfy himself that he has assessed the conditions as being suitable for racing,