Whilst Slinn Allstars has no specific legal responsibility in respect of the Health and Safety of club members, the club acknowledges that it wishes to provide guidance to members so that they may make risk based decisions whenever they choose to take part in any club activity.
Runners have a responsibility to do their best to prevent harm to themselves, their running partners or members of the public. It should be acknowledged by all club members that they as individuals owe a duty of care to not willfully injure themselves or others by their negligent acts or omissions.
Club members should consider if they require civil liability insurance on a personal level, and are recommended to check the existing level of cover afforded by household or other insurance policies.
All activities entered into by members are made purely on a voluntary basis, and whilst the club will do everything within its control to assist in the management of risk, by being a member of the club it is essential to acknowledge that no specific members should be held responsible for any acts or omissions leading to personal injury or damage to property.
Running however safely organised, carries a certain amount of risk and those taking part in any running or associated activity (e.g. cross training) need to be aware of those risks in order to minimize and accept them. Equally, the long-term benefits of running even when balanced against the risks should not be underestimated with increased fitness, health, well-being and longevity just to mention a few.
Experienced runners will already be aware of many of the possible risks but novices may not, and it falls to the more experienced runner to take on the responsibility to mentor those with less experience.
Risk Management Process
Risk assessment is something we carry out many times each day, for example when making a judgment about whether to cross a road. In making a risk assessment we are evaluating the chance of injury and likely severity against the likely benefit.
A hazard is something with the potential to cause harm
A risk is probability of the harm occurring and the severity of the consequences
Personal risk management during running needs to be a dynamic process. Due to the ever changing environment which makes running so exciting and enjoyable, much can be done in preparation before running to ensure that risks that are foreseeable are appropriately managed. For example when running at night on or near roadways wearing something white or reflective and looking left / right and left again before crossing a road.
The risk assessment process when running is often dynamic i.e. ever changing relative to the changing environment. For most people risk assessment is conducted so subconsciously, that many people do not identify they are actually making risk based decisions.
The dynamic risk assessment process involves:
- Recognizing and identifying the hazards;
- Assessing the Risk / who might be affected by them and the potential level of harm
- Making a judgment about the level of risk and whether the risk is acceptable
- Taking a deliberate course of action to mitigate the risk when the risk is not considered acceptable
- Constantly reviewing the process
- Identify and pre planning the steps to be taken in a emergency
Using the hierarchy of control
The hierarchy of control is a process by which we should make decisions to select the most effective control measure to control risk, the most effective controls are at or near the top of the hierarchy with the least effective or easiest to defeat at the bottom.
Guidance before running
The club meets on private premises and assembles 15 to 30 minutes before runs commence. Attendees should familiarize themselves with their surroundings and the layout of the building including fire escape locations and comfort facilities. At the Tuesday night location facilities are provided to make hot drinks. The hot water boiler in particular together with hot taps have the potential to scald and should be treated accordingly. The kitchen or WC’s can have liquid spills which should be identified and mopped up forthwith.
Both venues have steps and particular care should be taken entering or leaving the buildings especially with changing light levels and wet/dry conditions.
The lane leading to the Thursday night venue is not lit when dark. It contains two speed humps and members are advised to wear a head torch and walk over the humps, not run. Head torches are held by the club and are free for runners to borrow on request. Traffic also uses this entrance – always give way to it and in particular stand aside.
Guidance when running
The guidance produced below is intended to aid members in their personal risk assessment process and their strategy to control risk (i.e. the things that make you safe). It should be recognised that in providing this guidance the club and its members are not responsible for the accuracy of the guidance or the risk based decisions made in its use.
However, members have a legal right to defend themselves if absolutely necessary, using only reasonable force. If the group is accompanied by a session leader the group should be moved away from any incident, before deciding whether to report the matter to the Police. The incident should be recorded in writing on return to the training base and held in club records.
In town be aware of and where possible avoid:
Always be aware of the location of first-aid and how to summon a first-aider
Lady runners should run with a partner at all times.
Pre-existing health conditions:
Dealing with Emergency Situations
Tips how to deal with emergency situations:
Learn and remember the key first aid principles, when dealing with a medical incident and use the following hierarchy:
An aggressor, either animal or human:
Revision four dated May 2019