Safety

Health & Safety

This policy was last reviewed in Nov 2018.

Stamford Tennis Club is committed to ensuring the Health & Safety of our members and guests.

To support this aim, we have are committed to the following duties.

  • Discuss Health & Safety matters as the first agenda item of all Committee meetings
  • Appoint a competent club member to take the lead on Health & Safety responsibilities
  • Undertake regular, recorded Risk Assessments of the club premises and activities undertaken by the club
  • As far as reasonably practical, create a safe environment by putting measures in place as identified by the Risk Assessment
  • Ensure that all accidents and injuries sustained during any club activity or whilst on the club premises are reported
  • Provide access to adequate first aid facilities at the tennis club

Risk Assessment

Stamford Tennis Club will carry out an annual risk assessment of the club facilities to identify potential hazards.

We will consider the results of the Risk Assessment at a Committee meeting, and implement appropriate actions to ensure that we maintain a safe environment for our members.

The risk assessment includes the following areas:

  • Are the facilities and surrounding areas safe, free from obstacles, and suitable for the activity?
  • Is the equipment fit and sound for activity and suitable for age and ability?
  • Are performers appropriately attired for the activity?
  • Do volunteers, staff, coaches and members have access to information relating to health and safety?
  • Is the members register up to date with medical information and contact details?
  • Can emergency vehicles access the facilities?

Sun Safety

The Management Committee recognises the importance of protection against the potential harmful effects of the sun.

While this is relevant to all players, it is particularly important for our junior members.

We recommend reading and following the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, and the following simple guidance is extracted from that code:

  • Clothing is the best form of defence - children should wear long sleeved shirts, caps and sunglasses
  • We recommend the use of SPF30+ sunscreen - don't forget the hard to reach places
  • All children should bring water bottles and should be encouraged to drink regularly
  • Avoid playing in extremes of heat, for example temperatures over 30C
  • Look out for signs of heat exhaustion - fatigue, dizziness, headache, nausea or hot, red and dry skin
  • Coaches should lead by example

The following is guidance to coaching staff on ways to help get the message across:

  1. Read the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code yourself, and lead by example
  2. Pay special attention to children with disabilities and learning difficulties
  3. Talk about sun protection in a positive, engaging and fun way
  4. Have a Q&A session, asking kids what they know about the sun
  5. Clothing and eye protection should be the first line of defence
  6. Remember the "hard-to-get-to" places - backs of knees; ears; eye area; neck and nose; scalp
  7. Remind kids that they can burn even on cloudy days in summer - even in Stamford..!
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