SCA Co-sponsors 2014 Risk Management Conference
WRMC:Practical Solutions for Challenging Issues
The core objective of the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) is to offer an outstanding educational experience to help you mitigate the risks inherent in exploring, working, teaching, and recreating in wild places. The 2014 WRMC will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at Stone Mountain Park. Pre-conference sessions begin Sept. 29, with the conference following Oct. 1-3, 2014. Register here
SCA Speakers will present at several sessions for WRMC in Atlanta this October 1-3
Steve Smith — Conference Chair, SCA National Director of Risk Management and Safety
There is little statistically-signiﬁcant data that indicates a direct connection between incident rates and organizational structures. Our organizations likely cannot signiﬁcantly change the prevalence of minor incidents related to inherent objective risks, but through excellent training and incident analysis, we can reduce the likelihood and severity of signiﬁcant incidents particularly by focusing on near miss incidents. Within this context, this session will focus on accurate assessment of incident data, creation of an organizational culture that actively reports, analyzes and communicates near miss incidents and uses this information to inform staff training to increase judgment and decision-making skills.
Amberleigh Hammond — Conference Steering Committee, SCA Risk Mitigation Systems Manager
This presentation will help ﬁeld and admin staff better understand the overall value of screening in outdoor programs. The presentation will give screening guidelines, examples and advice as participants align their medical and psychological screening, program descriptions, student paperwork, program framing, and Essential Eligibility Criteria with current industry standards. We will discuss the predictive value of screening, what purpose it serves, student selection, and how screening ﬁts into your program’s values.
Join staff members from the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as they discuss the small but mighty hazards that could plague your outdoor program. It is often the small things – ticks, red ants, and poisonous plants – that take up the most time and resources during ﬁeld season. Their effects span from mild annoyance to lifelong illness. This presentation will cover case studies from SCA programming and discuss effective (and not so effective) mitigation techniques for these tiny hazards.