RLSS UK has developed the National Water Safety Management Programme (NWSMP) to provide a flexible water safety training solution for a wide range of employers who require their workforce to operate safely in or near water.
The NWSMP programme is a key step forward in helping employers meet their civil and statutory water safety management obligations, especially where employees have supervisory responsibilities in or near water. Many people working near the water margins receive minimal or no water safety training due to water safety training often taking a back seat compared to more traditional and recognised health and safety training. Through consultation with industry and lead bodies, RLSS UK have identified this gap in water safety training provision and launched NWSMP to close the gap, improving water safety across a wide range of working environments and operational sectors.
The NWSMP is built around a modular framework, enabling employers to construct relevant and bespoke water safety training programmes by selecting modules most suited to their operational and individual needs. NWSMP:
- Relevant to a wide range of sectors, including teaching (field trips), construction, environmental health, leisure and the emergency services.
- Fulfils the water safety training needs of a wide range of users (reflecting the range of activities that take place in and around the water’s edge).
Starting with Level 1 Water Safety Awareness Module, candidates can progress to a range of Environment Specific Modules which cover hazards associated with still water, river and/ or beach environments as well as basic rescue techniques. For anyone requiring more advanced rescue skills, the In-Water Rescue Module covers essential in-water rescue knowledge and tests competency.
Life Support can be bolted on to make a truly comprehensive programme and additional NWSMP modules are being considered to meet the needs of even more employers.
The NWSMP is a RLSS UK certificated award. Level 1 includes a self study pack and a 4 hour Guided Learning unit. Each Level 2 and Level 3 Module involves 3 hours of training. The full programme, covering Level 1 to Level 3 plus Life support, requires 2.5 days of training.
Above information was provided by the RLSS.