Health And Safety In Sport

In the last two years A&E has seen a 14% rise in the number of sports injuries in the UK.

All employers/self-employed/volunteer organisations with employees running sports clubs must ensure that they are abiding by the health and safety in sport regulations.

Sport injuries and accidents can result in wasted time, money and effort on behalf of the player and the employer of the organisation. It is crucial that your sport organisation prevents this from occurring.

Health and Safety Legislation in Sport

Following the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the law requires sport club organisers who are employers or self-employed to do what is reasonably practicable to ensure their employees’ health and safety.

The health and safety in sport regulations apply to the following:

  • Owners and/or managers of a sport team
  • Anyone (including volunteers) with control of premises, eg. a clubhouse, or pitch
  • Employers and the self-employed who must protect volunteer staff like coaches, club members, visiting teams and spectators.

Failure to comply with the health and safety in sport regulations can be serious. The employer will be held accountable and can face heavy fines, large compensation claims and potential jail time. It is therefore essential that your sport organisation conducts a sport risk assessment and ensures that it is fully compliant with UK law.

If you are unsure which regulations apply to your sport club, call us now for more information and advice.

Health & Safety in Sports

Not only are the players at risk from sport but also others can be at risk from sport. Common risks with playing and participating in sport are:

  • Cuts, grazes and bruises
  • Spraining an ankle, tearing ligaments and breaking bones
  • Head injuries such as concussion
  • Over using muscles
  • Heat stroke, dehydration and sunburn.

To avoid these risks, and the many more that result from sport, it is essential that your sport organisation is fully compliant with the health and safety in sport regulations.

Our leading health and safety consultants are fully experienced in the field of sports health and safety.

We can ensure your sport organisation is abiding by the health and safety in sport regulations, providing you with complete peace of mind.

To speak to the experts in health and safety, call us now on 0800 211 8331.

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