National Water Safety Forum


Advice and Information

General Note
Duties to employees and visitors Explanation regarding the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which sets out the general duties, which employers have towards employees, members of the public, and those that employees have to themselves and to each other.
Principles for managing water related risks Presents the principles developed by members of the Forum.
By topic Note
Buoyancy afloat Describes ISO 12402. Advice intended for leisure users.
Coastal safety signage Signage often presents the last opportunity to provide advice to beach visitors. Guide to assessing and locating signage. Include design templates. First published in 2005.
Coastal public rescue equipment (PRE) Over recent years, beach owners and operators have been in doubt as to the most appropriate public rescue
equipment (PRE) to be used at coastal locations.
Coasteering & Tombstoning Outlines the current agreed advice, includes the draft advice for Coasteering guides, and centres.
Open water swimming Contains advice and links to further information for those interested in informal, outdoor swimming.
Water sports - general safety principles The diversity of activity, skills required and the inherent risk means that generic advice is of little use. However, these general safety principles apply to activities.
Managing beach safety Published by HM Maritime and Coastguard Agency, this guide offers advice for those in effctive control of beaches.
Manging safety at inland waters Published by RoSPA, this guide provides practical advice along side case studies and inights for managers of inland water sites.
Managing health and safety in swimming pools Published by the HSE, this publication provides guidance for all those involved in the operation and management of swimming pools.
Water safety toolkit for local authorities Created by the LGA with the support of NWSF members, this toolkit contains advice and information for local authorities.