Module 4


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Risk Analysis and Management System
for a Rock Pool Study

Source: Adapted from B. Law, Christchurch College of Education.

Student Year Level: 7

Number of Students: 30

Activity: Rock Pool Study at Ballinka Point

Date: 9 March


Undesired Event(s)

(e.g. accident, injury, other forms of damage)

1. Students injured by falling/stepping on sharp stones or shells and algae around pools

2. Stranded by incoming tide

3. Students frightened by surf or rushing water

4. Psychological damage from fear of water, sea creatures etc.

5. Headaches from lack of fluids

6. Sunburn

To/From People

To/From Equipment

To/From Environment

Potential Risks

  • Poor supervision around rockpools
  • Students with medical problems, e.g. asthma
  • Poor briefing of adult support people
  • Adequate food
  • Glass containers
  • Inappropriate clothing and footwear
  • Freshwater supply
  • Deep rock pools
  • Surf and tides
  • Noise of surf distracting students attention
  • Sun and burnt skin
  • Injury to biota
  • Heavy foot traffic on sensitive areas
  • Stings from marine life or insects

Risk Management Strategies

(Normal Operations)

  • Support people are well briefed on their responsibilities
  • Students are supervised around rock pools
  • Use of medical forms
  • Plan to use areas that are safe
  • Use plastic containers
  • Provide a list of appropriate clothing, e.g.
    - sunscreen
    - hat
    - extra warm clothing in case the temperature drops)
    - waterproof jacket
    - wet and dry footwear
  • Ensure that students can explore the shallow rock pools where they won't fall into deep water
  • Brief students regarding the noise of the surf crashing against the rocks
  • Check the surf conditions and tides to ensure a safe working environment
  • Make sure students bring suntan lotion, hats and drinking water

Risk Management Strategies


  • Pre visit the site to personally check the risks at a similar tide time
  • Have a first aid kit with you at all times
  • Make sure a teacher is qualified in first aid
  • Teacher is skilled at class supervision and communication to handle an emergency
  • Make sure that prepared emergency procedures are in place
  • Mobile telephone