The UPLOADS project has developed a reporting system for collecting near miss, incident, and participation data for organisations which facilitate supervised or ‘led’ outdoor activities. This includes a diverse range of organisations operating under the banners of outdoor education, school camps, adventure tourism, outdoor recreation and outdoor therapy.

UPLOADS Online Reporting System

The UPLOADS Online Reporting System allows organisations to:

  • Systematically track their incident and participation data;
  • Analyse their own incident data using a systems framework;
  • Generate automatic reports on the data they collect; and
  • Contribute to a National Incident Dataset

Why use UPLOADS?

Gathering detailed information on incidents and identifying contributing factors is a valuable component of risk management in outdoor programmes. This information can be used to justify changes to policy, training, or program location or activity. If accessibly stored, incident reports can also help retain organisational knowledge despite staff turnover.

This industry database will allow the sector to better understand the real risks associated with different types of led outdoor activities. This information will assist professional associations and government agencies to make evidence based decisions about issues that affect those involved in the provision of led outdoor activities. Without empirical evidence, judgements about led outdoor activities will continue to be made on the basis of personal opinion. In addition, organisations will be able to request reports on specific data sets to assist them in formulating risk management strategies. For example, a report could be produced on all ‘high ropes’ near misses and incidents in the sector-wide database.

If you would like to use the UPLOADS Online Reporting System and contribute to the National Incident Dataset, or would like more information, please register your contact details below.

Alternatively, you can contact the research team directly at uploadsproject@usc.edu.au

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