Health and Safety
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This document has been produced as an information source for visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. This document does not replace your own assessment being undertaken.
Further guidelines are produced by each venue at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to provide more information on their internal areas.
Every effort has been made to make Portsmouth Historic Dockyard a safe environment for visitors but we request especially for groups and young children move about the site in a safe and orderly manner. Climbing on external exhibits – figureheads, cannons, sets and anchors are not authorised.
The General Environment
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is located within a controlled working environment and although the hazards are slight there are several of them – you will note uneven steps, cobbled streets, low lighting levels and the proximity of water. The level of risk is low.
There are three areas in the Historic Dockyard near to the water:-
1. In front of Action Stations
2. Behind HMS Victory
3. Alongside HMS Warrior
There are handrails of suitable heights and strength at all of these attractions. There are also throw lines and life buoys available at points around the water area.
A variety of surfaces – cobbles, sets, concrete, ramps and stone steps make the ground uneven, particularly at the far end of the Historic Dockyard. Groups and individuals should be aware the risk is slight and the likelihood of an accident occurring is minimal. Wheelchair users and those who find walking difficult should be warned of the difficulty and allowed extra time for moving from place to place.