Policies

GNSCC SAFETY POLICY for TRAIL CLEARING and MAINTENANCE
  1. All work on club trails and property must be approved by the Board or its designate.
  2. Operators of all equipment shall be approved by the Board or its designate.
  3. Work will be done by groups . A lone individual shall not engage in trail clearance or maintenance.
  4. Work parties shall carry a cell phone or have another means or summoning assistance.
  5. The Board or its designate shall be made aware of where and when trail clearance or maintenance will occur.
  6. Notices of Board Safety Policy shall be posted in the Burrow and garage.
  7. Lists of approved operators for each piece of equipment shall be posted in the Burrow and garage.
GENERAL POLICIES for the OPERATION of EQUIPMENT
  1. All operators must be trained, instructed and practised in the use of the piece of equipment they are operating.
  2. The Board or its designate will hold training and evaluation sessions from time to time to ensure operators are competent.
  3. Before going out on the trails proper operating procedures shall be reviewed by work party leaders.
  4. Work party leaders shall ensure knowledge of the proper use of all fuels and lubricants for the safe and efficient operation of the equipment to be used.
  5. Work party leaders shall ensure that all proper protective gear is available and in use at all times.
SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for the OPERATION of GNSCC TRAIL MAINTENANCE EQUIPMENT
  1. ATV
    1. Operators shall be trained in the safe operation of the ATV. Only approved operators whose names appear on the appropriate list shall operate the ATV.
    2. Proper maintenance, fuelling and lubrication of the ATV shall be ensured by regular inspection and by inspection before and after use. Deficiencies shall be reported to the Board or its designate.
  2. TRACTOR
    1. Operators shall be trained in the safe operation of the tractor. Only approved operators may use the tractor.
    2.  Proper maintenance of the tractor shall be ensured by regular inspections before and after use.
  3.  BRUSH CUTTERS AND POLE SAWS
    1. Operators shall be trained in the safe operation of brush cutters and pole saws.
    2. Proper eye, ear, head, hand, and foot protection shall be worn when operating brush cutters and pole saws.
    3. Inspection and maintenance of brush cutters and pole saws must occur before and after use.
  4. CHAIN SAWS
    1. Falling trees and the sharp and powerfully driven chain of the saw present potentially fatal risks. Great care must be taken.
    2. Only approved, experienced operators shall use chain saws in work parties.
    3. Operators must ensure that the saw is working properly, the chain is being lubricated properly, the chain tension is correct and the tension can be adjusted when necessary.
    4. Appropriate tools, fuels and lubricants must accompany the saw.
    5. Proper leg protection----i.e.--chaps-- must be worn along with eye, ear, head, hand and foot protection.
    6. A spotter must be used to ensure the safety of other workers during cutting.
Safety Policy for Trail Grooming
  1. Snowmobile operators must be licenced and trained to a standard approved by the board or its designate.
  2. Operators must ensure the snowmobiles they operate are properly fuelled, lubricated and in good running condition. Any deficiencies must be reported immediately to the board or its designate.
  3. Operators must not use equipment in poor repair or that represents a hazard. Operators must wear proper protective gear such as helmets and goggles or helmets with face shields. They must also dress in a manner that will ensure they are not subject to risk of hypothermia should their machine break down.
  4. Operators must not work alone except in exceptional circumstances and then, only if the Burrow attendant is present and is made aware of their route and expected time of return.
  5. Operators are encouraged to carry a cell 'phone for emergency communication. >Snow machines are to be subject to complete annual inspections by qualified snow machine mechanics/technicians.
  6. Older equipment is to be replaced at regular intervals to ensure reliability. The board shall set aside funds to be used to replace equipment when necessary.
  7. The board's designated supervisor of trail grooming shall ensure, through regular supervision, that the board's safety practices are observed by groomers at all times and without exception.