MSR Risk Management Strategy
Version 1.5, 16th August 2010
MSR Mission Statement
“To promote motorcycle activities, including social outings, and to foster friendship in the motorcycle community.”
MSR: Melbourne Sportsbike Riders hereafter known as the “Club”.
Hazard: a source of potential harm.
Risk: the chance of something happening that will have an adverse impact on the Club and/or its Members.
Member: a person who has current financial status with, or is an honorary member of, the Club.
Committee: the annually elected representatives of the MSR members.
Practicable: having regard to
Guest : a rider or pillion that is not a member;
Lead Rider: a member who has Club authorisation to lead an official ride activity;
RearRider: a member who has been authorised to perform rear rider duties during an official ride activity.
In organising official activities the Club has a responsibility to identify and minimise risks to Members and Guests as far as practicable. Accordingly, the Club has developed policies and procedures for its Members and Guests as part of a risk management strategy.
The Club does not condone illegal or dangerous conduct on the part of Members or Guests.
The Club Committee is responsible for developing, implementing and annually reviewing the Risk Management Strategy. The strategy is reviewed each March.
Risk Management Policy
The Club manages risk by providing electronic, hard copy and verbal information to Members allowing them to make informed decisions and to improve outcomes. This structured risk management approach encourages continuous improvement through support and creates a “risk aware” environment within the Club. This policy endeavours to balance the Club’s aim of promoting motorcycle activities with its duty of care responsibilities to Members and the general public. The Club acknowledges that there is a level of risk in motorcycle activities and seeks to minimise risk through the strategies below.
Motorcycle riding can be a hazardous activity. The following are examples of potential hazards riders may encounter during rides. These hazards may lead to loss of control of the motorcycle with subsequent serious consequences. This list is not exhaustive.
a. road surface irregularities (e.g. gravel, water, oil, roadworks);
b. unexpected animal crossings (native, domestic) or bird impact;
c. other vehicle drivers operating contrary to the road laws;
d. an unroadworthy motorcycle creating unsafe handling;
e. weather conditions;
f. rider intoxication or impairment induced by medication, alcohol or illicit drugs;
h. personal medical conditions (heart attack, epileptic seizure, dehydration, other)
i. mechanical breakdown or failure (e.g. flat tyre, engine seizure);
l. insect stings;
m. dangerous behavior by other riders; and
n. getting lost and/or becoming stranded.
Risk Minimisation Procedures
The Club has a number of rules and recommendations that it requires Members and Guests to follow during official activities. These are listed in the Constitution as Road Rules of the Club.
In the Club’s history, serious injury has been rare, particularly when the number of kilometers travelled is taken into consideration. However, the consequences are serious. The responsibilities outlined below attempt to minimising the risk of incidents to Club Members and Guests.
Responsibilities of Club Members and Guests:
Responsibilities of the Lead Rider:
Responsibilities of Rear Rider:
Responsibilities of Club Officials:
The Policy and Procedures are available to Club Members in electronic format via the Club web site or in hard copy. It is the responsibility of individual Club Members to familiarize themselves with the Club Policy and Procedures. A summarised version of the Club Policy and Procedures will be verbally delivered to Guests at the start of each official ride. The Club Committee will inform the Club Members of any changes to the Policy and/or Procedures in a timely manner.