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HEALTH & SAFETY

Methley Striders Health & Safety Policy.
Everyone involved in athletics has a responsibility to help maintain a positive health and safety culture across the sport. Methley Striders regards the health, safety and welfare of its members as being of paramount importance, which should not be compromised.  To this end, it is our policy to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that procedures are in place to maintain a safe and healthy environment, not only for its members but also for other people who may be affected by the activities of Methley Striders.
Whilst there are no legal requirements regarding the health and safety of club members, all clubs have a common law ‘duty of care’ to those who may be affected by their activities and have a responsibility to implement appropriate policy and arrangements relating to the activities they provide.
“Duty of Care” is a common law duty that applies to all individuals and organisations. This law requires that all coaches, officials, volunteers and administrators have a “duty of care” for those over whom they have a responsibility.
The planning and implementation of club activities take into account the safety requirements to ensure the safety of all involved, it is impractical to expect the elimination of all potential risks during such activities but where possible the club will do everything possible to manage any risks. All activities entered into by members are made on a voluntary basis and all whom participate are expected to act in a manner that is considered ‘reasonable’. We recommend training based on an individual’s ability and experience and expect that they participate within these boundaries. Runners also have a responsibility to prevent harm to themselves, other club members and members of the public.
Methley Striders policy:
• No headphones (of any kind) to be worn during training sessions.
• When running in the dark, suitable high-vis attire is compulsory.
• Appropriate footwear must be worn for training sessions.
• No runner to be left behind (inclusive of the tail runner).
• Each run leader to be equipped with a basic first aid kit including emergency mobile phone
Leader/club responsibilities:
• Conduct risk assessments and recces for activities undertaken and review as appropriate to create a safe environment for members.
• When running in the dark every effort will be taken to run in well lit areas (unless on a specified head-torch outing).
• Be aware of any medical conditions of persons within your group which my impact their running.
• Run leaders must know the number of people within their group and the names of those members (for emergency purposes). They must also ensure the safe return of members to the club unless informed by a member that they are taking an alternative route/leaving the group prior to reaching the club.
• Inform runners of any identified hazards whilst enroute (i.e. raised grates, potholes, large puddles etc).
• Ensure that first aid kit is available.
• Remind athletes regards warming up.
• Ensure members know the distance and approx. pace of the group.
• Check attire of members (suitable footwear, high-viz, no headphones).
• Ensure that no runner is left behind. Ideally runners should be accompanied by, or be in reasonably close proximity of other members at all times.
• During sessions, the run leader and tail runner will maintain on going assessment and if necessary change the route, or terminate the session as appropriate.
• Debrief with group members after a run to gain feedback (positive or negative).
• Ensure relevant paperwork is filled in should there be a report of an accident or near miss (see later).
• In the event of an emergency incident whilst out on a run the group leader/tail runner will contact the WMC (using the emergency mobile phone) in order to obtain ICE details (as provided by the member on registration) for the affected member(s).
Member responsibilities:
• Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your actions.
• Warm up appropriately.
• Ensure they know the distance and pace of the group they have chosen.
• Ensure suitable attire (footwear, no headphones, high-vis, cold weather clothing).
• Update the club regarding any changes in health/medical conditions that may affect you while running.
Carry any inhalers or relevant medication which may be required and ensure the leader is aware.
• Inform other members if they notice a hazard or incident that may impact on them or other members during a session.
• Inform the run leaders/tail runners or another member of the group if they choose to leave the group or take an alternative route.
• Seek medical advice if you have a medical condition that you think may place you at increased risk when running.
• Listen to and follow any directions given by the run leader/coaching staff.
• In hot weather ensure that they are suitably hydrated prior to and during a run session.
• Members should be aware of other road/pavement users such as cyclists, pedestrians, animals and vehicles. 
What to do in the event of an accident or near-miss.

Definitions for the purpose of reporting.

• Accident: An event that results in injury or ill health.
• Near miss: an event not causing harm, but has the potential to cause injury or ill health.
• Hazard – is a dangerous situation or object, which has the potential to cause harm. 
Any member who has witnessed either an accident, or near miss is asked to complete a short online report.
This is done using UKAs online Accident/Near Miss Report Form. The information that you provide will help to prevent future occurrences of similar incidents and also provide an overview of the type and frequency of accidents when they do occur.
Compiling accident/incident information in this way is useful for many reasons and most significantly helps to identify any specific issues or trends with regards to accidents or injuries.
Once completed, you will receive a text version of your accident/incident report via email. Please ensure that you retain a copy for your own records and forward to Methley Striders
Note: If an accident has resulted in serious injury, or a hazard is so serious that it could result in an accident in the immediate future, it is important that these facts are reported immediately to the relevant Facility Operator, Race Director or Local Authority Health & Safety Manager.