Health and Safety

Those involved in running athletics activities and events need to ensure that they manage the potential risks that they face and help others to develop a knowledge and awareness of basic safety requirements. The planning and implementation of any activities in any situation should take full account of the safety requirements to ensure the organisers and participants safety.

Anyone (including volunteers), with control of a facility (e.g. clubhouse, athletics track), or an event (e.g. road/fell/trail/XC race), has a duty to see that premises, equipment and activities are safe for all participants and all those involved (officials, spectators, etc.). Safety should be an integral part of all athletics disciplines at all levels, from recreational running through to the highest level of track and field.

Clubs should document a Health & Safety policy that is relevant to their activities and carry out the required risk assessments. Both the Policy and Risk Assessment should be written down, accepted by the Committee and then communicated to all members in a simple and easy to understand way.

A great first step for all clubs/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.

You can find out more on the UK Athletics website, including an Accident & Incident Report Form.

UKA provide a Health and Safety Helpline, supported by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. If you need any help with producing a policy or risk assessments you can call 0121 248 2235 or email athleticsafety@RoSPA.com