As trialling slowly recommences an unfortunate incident has once again highlighted the requirement for trial organisers to complete the required risk assessment (sample attached) for insurance cover.
Although this may not have been done routinely in the past, in present times where litigation is on the increase it is more and more important.
Recently a handler suffered a serious ankle injury after slipping on cow dung whilst at the pen. Although a rare incident, it is an example of a hazard that does not normally appear in assessments suggesting it is often overlooked and therefore not addressed. The nature of the injury highlights the need for trial organisers to include this potential hazard i.e. risk of handlers slipping / falling which may result in an insurance claim against the organisers.
This and other potential hazards are included in the sample risk assessment.
Insurers require trial organisers to have completed an assessment to ensure they are covered.
Current Wales Covid-19 rules also require the organiser to meet the requirements in the regulations “to take all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus and must carry out a risk assessment”
Please take a look at the sample form and complete an assessment(s) before your trial to help minimise the risks.
A timely reminder that is all but it will really help.
Information and sample forms (click on link): https://www.northwalessheepdogsociety.org.uk/insurance/
Thanks for your cooperation.
Diolch yn fawr iawn
Up and running and will be updated periodically as the season progresses.
Trials insurance etc. in place for 2021/2022 with effect from the 1st May 2020
Click on link to see webpage for full details
Copies of the CCDGC/NWSDS 2021 digital trials diary have been sent to all members on our 2021 list (those that paid in 2020). If you have still to pay your 2021 subscription can you please do so as soon as possible – details are on page 4 of the diary.
It has been emailed as a .pdf file to save and read on a phone or print. If you would like to have a hard copy posted please contact the secretary.
The trustees respectfully ask that you do not share copies with non-members as this will have an adverse impact on our numbers and income. It you know someone who would like to become a member details are on our website.
There are more trials entered in the diary than we expected and we are grateful for the continued support. All are of course subject to the Covid-19 regulations applicable at the time. Any amendments, cancellations or additions will be posted on our website and Facebook page as normal. Members who are in our Facebook private group will receive prior notice of any additions.
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The Society is keen to try and help any Affiliated Trials who may be struggling to find enough committee members / helpers.
The Society is happy to use its media to help identify individual members who may be willing to help.
Please contact the Secretary if you would find this useful.
You can now get the ISN Magazine in a digital version. Please get in touch in order to access. The link has all the instructions.
TRIAL ENTRY CRITERIA (NWSDS including Affiliated Societies) (unless otherwise stated in members diary)
AGORED/OPEN: Any handler and dog, worldwide, no restrictions
DOSBARTH 2/CLASS 2: Dogs who have not been placed 1st or 2nd in an Open trial, held anywhere in the world
DOSBARTH 3/CLASS 3: UK & Ireland based handlers (not dogs) that have not won a single prize of more than £15 anywhere in the world.
Note: Individual handlers are responsible for the welfare (incl. possible injury) and conduct of their dogs and must carry out their own risk assessment of the tasks asked of their dogs during the trial e.g. deciding whether their dog(s) run the course, are fully fit to run the trial course and are kept under control/supervision at all times.