RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Managing risk is a task that all trail organizations take very seriously. Here at Hike Ontario, our Risk Management Committee is dedicated to pursuing best practices, sound advice and proactively engaging in and encouraging safe practices and education.
Download a copy of Hike Ontario's risk management guide entitled "Ten Key Elements of Risk Management for Ontario Hiking Clubs and Associations"
If you have questions, concerns or would like to get involved with this committee please contact the Chairperson of the Planning & Development Committee.
Understanding Risk Management
Trail organizations minimize their exposure to risk through proven trail management practices. These are management actions that minimize the possibility of damage or injury (e.g. signs, barricades, supervision), minimize the impact of an accident (e.g. first aid posts, rescue equipment) and the transfer the liability to the trail user (e.g. disclaimers, user education).
In order to minimize these risks trial organizations pay for General liability insurance. This defends the trail organization in the event they are sued. If blame is assigned to the trail organization the insurance pays damages. In almost every case, general liability insurance extends to the defence of owners of land adjacent to and over which the trails pass.