Annual Risk Assessment Policy


It is the policy of the Club to:


Provide, so far as reasonably practical, safe methods of training, safe training and competing conditions and a healthy environment assessing the risks inherent in the training and competing in Grappling Disciplines to:



There is a clear and legal duty of each and every person, while coaching, training or competing, to take reasonable care for the health and safety of his or herself and of all other persons who may be affected by his or her acts or omissions; and to co-operate with the Club and the Safety Advisors in any way necessary, to enable the Club to perform and comply with any duty or requirement under the regulations affecting Health & Safety and Welfare. This will include the use of equipment in a safe manner, and their own personal hygiene.


For the execution of the policy the following organisation and arrangements apply:


The supervisor, senior coach or competition organiser on site, will be responsible for the implementation of The Clubs Health & Safety Policy, and will be accountable for failure to achieve the required standard.


To achieve this objective the supervisor, senior coach or competition organiser will ensure that:



It is the responsibility of the appointed Risk Assessment Officer, to ensure all coaches and teaching personnel meet the standard required for coaching, as laid down by The Club guidelines. His or Her responsibility also entails ensuring all coaching or teaching personnel have the required up to date insurance cover.


All personnel dealing with children, either in coaching roles or regular helpers with-in the Club, must have CRB checks.


Before commencement of any training or competition, a risk assessment is completed, and any difficulties or problems are referred back to the senior coach or Health and Safety Officer. In the case of training, an assessment of the standard of the pupilís abilities should be undertaken.


This would include confirming that any equipment used, ie. Mats and crash mats are in a suitable condition for the sport. If a canvas is used to cover floor mats, it should be suitably secured. All equipment should be kept clean. Care should be taken, where reasonably practical, that training areas are as far away from walls as possible.


A safety area around the edge of the training / competition area should be observed at all times.


Table and chairs used for officials or spectators, (with the exception of referees seating during competition), should be placed away from the edges of the training areas.


Health and Safety issues are dealt with by the appointed officer within the club, or the competition organiser.