Health and Safety• Keeping participants safe by minimising risk• As an employee: – To take reasonable care of themselves in the workplace and to be mindful of the effects of their acts and omissions• The Employer – To ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health, safety and welfare of all its employees
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“So why bother?” I hear you ask? Closure of sports ground / stadiumBreaking the law = A bad reputation A hefty fine Imprisonment Compensation payouts
An interesting thought I once had was that some rules may exist by the facility, but they aren’t necessarily alaw. They are there because that facility thinks it will improve health and safety For example a swimming pool. How often do you hear, “no running” or “no food and drink”? Why is this?
Hillsborough• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca52fsOZjAU• Identify the injury risk factors• In what ways could these have been minimised or prevented?
Health and Safety• There are legal and regulatory requirements for health and safety relevant to working in a fitness environment: – Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – REPs Code of Ethical Practice – CRB checks
So what are these rules then? Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 All employers have a duty of care to ensure that a safe working environment is provided, which is free from anything thatcan cause harm, or cause a risk to health or life.
Employers’ responsibilities: to safeguard the health and safety and welfare of the people who work for them. If the Inspectors see the Act is not being enforced they can: •Serve a prohibition notice, stopping an activity likely to cause serious injury. •Serve an improvement notice, requiring action to be taken to remedy faults within a period of not less than 21 days. •Prosecute any person contravening a statutory provision.
Minimise in the gym by:• Completed detailed medical questionnaire and lifestyle form• Fill in informed consent form• Check the training environment before every session to ensure all equipment is working properly• Ensure the trainer is qualified and insured against personal injury• Check client before every session to ensure client has no injuries and are dressed properly• Conduct full warm up and cool down
The Exercise and Fitness Code of Ethics• Produced by an organisation called the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)• It ensures that we deal with our clients in an appropriate manner and that we make their safety our priority• Covers 4 main areas…….4)Rights5)Relationships6)Personal responsibilities7)Professional standards
Principle 1 - Rights• Promote the rights of every individual to participate in exercise, and recognise that people should be treated as individuals• Not condone or allow to go unchallenged any form of discrimination, nor to publicly criticise in demeaning descriptions of others
Principle 2 - Relationships• Develop a relationship with customers based on openness, honesty, mutual trust and respect• Ensure that physical contact is appropriate and necessary and is carried out with within the recommended guidelines and with the participant’s full consent and approval
Principle 3 – Personal responsibilities• Demonstrate proper personal behaviour and conduct at all times• Project an image of health, cleanliness and functional efficiency and display high standard in use of language, manner, punctuality, preparation and presentation
Principle 4 – Professional standards• Work towards attaining a high level of competence through qualifications and a commitment to ongoing training that ensures safe and correct practice, which will maximise benefits and minimise risks• Promote the execution of safe and effective practice and plan all sessions so that they meet the needs of participants and are progressive and appropriate
CRB checks• It searches your details against criminal records and other sources, including the Police National Computer. The check may reveal convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings.• You, and your employer, will see the results of your search. Whatever the results your employer will decide whether they can still employ you.
Health and SafetyDirector of the company Overall responsibilityGeneral Manager Ensuring policies and procedures are adhered toDuty Manager Ensuring policies and procedures are adhered to Likely to have responsibility in absence of GMFirst Aid Personnel Administering first aidAll Staff on Duty Ensuring policies and proceduresHealth and Safety Officer Specific responsibility for health and safety matters
Security• Opening and closing – Turning on machines, TVs etc.• Monitoring entry and exit – Ensuring there are no intruders – e.g. tickets for certain sessions• Fire and evacuation procedures – Understanding their role in the procedures (simulations will be carried out to practice these)• Roll call procedures (recite names)• Chemical spillage procedures• Fire alarm testing
Key Health and Safety Documents• First aid book• Accident report forms• Manufacturer’s guidelines on safe use and maintenance of equipment