Health and Safety

Quarantine Island – Health and Safety

The Community has identified the following hazards and suggested management strategies for the safety of all visitors to Quarantine Island.

Hazards and management strategies for the safety of all visitors to Quarantine Island.

  1. Take care when you are walking around . Tracks on the island are uneven, narrow and can be slippery. There are holes along the sides of the causeway to the jetty. Wear appropriate footwear with grip on the soles.
  2. There are a number of steep or unstable cliffs and slopes around the coast of the Island. Please do not go near these for your own safety (and also to avoid disturbing the shags, which nest there). The area behind the Lodge is out of bounds.
  3. The wrecks of the ships, Waikana (steel) and the Oreti (wood), are unsafe and fragile so are out of bounds to all visitors. Please do not kayak or swim around/over them.
  4. Rocky shores often have sharp rocks or barnacles that can cut feet or hands. They are also slippery. Please wear appropriate footwear in these areas at all times, especially since shallow water can often be opaque.
  5. The Island has hazards like a farm. There are some electric fences for the sheep.
  6. Keep out of private areas – the Keeper’s cottage, sheds, behind (east side) of the Lodge (building/other waste; cliffs).
  7. Building work and repairs may be underway. Keep off scaffolding.
  8. Use a suitable life jacketfor all boating/kayaking activities.
  9. Please ensure that a responsible person supervises children in the play area at all times.
  10. Tidal currents affect swimming off the jetty adult supervision is required. The Waikana bay and Big Bay beaches are safe for swimming but adult supervision is recommended.
  11. Sharp broken glass and pottery occasionally surface through soil and sand in some areas; please pick up any such hazardous objects and dispose of safely.
  12. There may be bait stations around buildings or near tracks (blue baits in green or yellow pipes). Do not handle or eat.
  13. The track to the cave is very steep and requires a medium level of fitness; check with the Keeper.
  14. The Island is a Conservation Area – do not light any fires outdoors and no dogs are allowed. Candles are not allowed inside any buildings, except for the Chapel, for safety reasons. Ashes from the living room fire must be allowed to cool before disposal in the metal bin. This is done by the Resident.
  15. Smoking is only allowed on the end of the jetty. Used matches and cigarette ends must be placed in the designated metal ash bin. Keep matches and lighters in a safe place.
  16. The Chapel may be used with respect. Please use candles in the Chapel in moderation and extinguish them when leaving.
  17. The Community does not encourage excessive drinking of alcohol.

In the event of fire or earthquake emergencies, the initial assembly point is on the grassy slope between the Cottage and the line of macrocarpas. The buildings have interlinked smoke alarms. All will sound if any detect smoke.

  • In emergencies there is a phone and first aid kit in the dining area of the Cottage

For Emergency Services- including coastguard/ambulance, ring 111.  Residents contact 03 478 0874, mobile (Dries) 020 4079 1587. Portobello police 03 478 0209)

Accidents and First aid use must be entered in the register (in the Keepers cottage).

Detailed QI-KT H & S June 2016 updated 13 March 2017

Risk Assessment and Management System (RAMS) for a visitors and volunteer workers: QI-visit-RAMS-form-2016,   (QI-visit-RAMS-form-2016 (editable)

Additional QI-RAMS-Building for casual volunteers doing building maintenance.

Volunteers will be trained for the requirements of the tasks they undertake.

Thank you for your co-operation, and enjoy your visit!

 Updated 24th October 2017