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Recreational Risk Management and Security Control Introduction The need for effective risk management has become evident to leisure-service managers in various settings As more and more people have visited large national or state parks forests and recreation areas the risk of injury or death from environmental hazards has increased Controls that will protect participants from their own unawareness of the natural environment or from behavior that invites injury or death must be better supervised Risk management and accident prevention is what recreation and park mangers must organize with the community Vandalism prevention and law enforcement is common within buildings equipment supplies or other physical aspects of the facility Park and recreation managers have found it necessary to develop more sophisticated approaches to educating the public and going against criminal acts through strong law enforcement measures We must view settings where accidents have occurred and re-develop accident prevention and control procedures This paper views the many different aspects of recreational activities and facilities as a whole rather than focusing on one recreational service in our communities Developing Risk Management Plans Simply developing safety procedures or inspecting equipment is not sufficient Authors Nilson and Edginton argue that a comprehensive risk management plan that systematically attacks each level of the problem is essential They define risk management as a management tool that is directed toward reducing or preventing financial loss resulting from handling risks associated with operation of a park and recreation department 1 Nilson Ralph A and Edginton 1995 An example on page 2-A shows the performance on the areas of positive and negative performance and serves as the basis for remedial action on the recreation and park agencies 2 National Recreation and Park Assoc 1996 A model of the risk management process includes five stages 1 identifying sources of potential risk such as programs facilities leadership or supervisory practices or participant behavior 2 identifying actual risk occurrences and agency policies for handling them
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