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It is important to check that all activities are as safe as possible, to reduce the risk of accident or injury to everyone involved.
What should a risk assessment include?
Identify any unsafe conditions
- Identify any unsafe conditions
- Outline action required to resolve
- Identify the person responsible to resolve
- Reassess to ensure corrective action was successful
The risk assessment guide sets out a suggested process for carrying out a risk assessment. Together with the action plan these form one suggested way for recording risks assessments at your club.
How regularly should a club carry out a risk assessment?
Recorded risk assessments should be a regular check and not a once a year chore. How often will depend on a number of factors, such as sport, equipment, type of group, venue.
Your National Governing Body may recommend what is best for your sport or activity. In any event, it is good practice to carry out routine checks at each training or competitive session; a good coach will do this.
What happens if risks are identified?
Any risks highlighted should be recorded and addressed. If the risk cannot be sorted in time for the session to begin then this may require the session to be cancelled, if the risk is deemed quite likely.
If the risk is addressed or the likelihood is minor, then it will be the judgement of the coach to decide whether the session can run safely if participants are made aware of the risk.
Who should carry out the risk assessment?
This should be carried out by a competent person. Additional health and safety training is not required, although would be recommended for a club with its own facility. Carrying out risk assessments is part of your club's health and safety responsibility to your members, players and volunteers. You should also consider if your club requires insurance and what level of cover this should provide.