Clubs are responsible for the Health and Safety of the activities they deliver. It is therefore important to have a Health and Safety policy and carry out risk assessments.
UK Athletics provide a Health and Safety Helpline, supported by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. If clubs need support with producing a policy or risk assessments you can call 0121 248 2235 or email athleticsafety@RoSPA.com
A great first step for all clubs and organisers of athletic activities is to review the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Guidance on Health & Safety for Sport and Leisure activities. The guidance is designed to act as a one-stop-shop for sports clubs and bodies and includes checklists and advice to help those running sports clubs to comply with health and safety law;
- How to prepare a Health & Safety Policy can be found on the HSE website
- Policy template examples can be found on the HSE website
- Risk Assessment templates can be found on the UK Athletic website
The policy should be written down, accepted by the Committee and then communicated to all members in a simple and easy to understand way.
If you have an incident, accident or fatality should report it to UK Athletics accident, incident and fatality website Once reported this will generate a report to UK Athletics who use the information to help manage incidents, accidents and fatalities. Please also notify your club committee via your Club Secretary if you make a report.