Health, Safety & Good Practice

Risk Assessment

Before commencement of any activity, coaches should carry out a risk assessment of the proposed training area in line with the recommendations made by UKA.

General

During Club sessions, all athletes must be supervised by a qualified coach.  Report to a coach on arrival.
Inform your coach of any illness/injury that may affect your ability to train.
Always dress appropriately for the weather conditions.  Always wear appropriate footwear, in good condition.
Look after your implements and footwear – change spikes regularly and oil them before inserting them in shoes.
Young athletes should never leave training sessions without informing their coach.

Track

Do not use lane one for warming up.
When doing laps, whether warming up, cooling down or training – always run in an anti-clockwise direction.
If you hear someone shouting “track” you need to get out of the way quickly.  Move towards the outside of the track.
Be aware at all times of other people using the facilities and show consideration to other coaching groups.  Be especially cautious when there are throwing groups/athletes in operation – never cross the In-field when throws are in progress.
Coaches of training groups should inform other training groups of their session and agree which areas they will work in.

Road Running

Young athletes under the age of 16 years should be supervised during road running sessions, e.g. responsible persons at the front and back of the group.
Athletes should always wear reflective bibs/clothing after dark.
Athletes should be informed of the route they will follow and the approximate distance to be covered.
Never become separated from the running group – inform the person in charge of the group if you need to stop.
Coaches should always know how many athletes are in the group.

Jumps

Only jump when instructed to do so by the coach in charge.
Never cross the runway in front of another athlete.
Sand pit should be dug over before use and raked between jumps. Cone (or person) to be placed in front of take-off boards when the pit is being raked.
Boards need to be flush with the runway.
Keep clear of the runway when athletes are preparing to jump.
Use only undamaged poles of the correct specification for the athlete.

Throws

Ensure athletes are made aware of the dangers and safety procedures involved in throwing events.  Athletes must listen to the Health and Safety advice provided by the coach.
Inform other training groups of the throwing areas in use.
Boundaries/sectors should always be appropriately identified during club sessions.
Only throw and retrieve when instructed to do so by the coach in charge.
Only throw within the designated throwing area.
Throwing implements are dangerous when improperly used.