Health & Safety

The club's policy 

 

Verwood Cricket Club Health and Safety Policy

POLICY STATEMENT

The health and safety of club members, participants, spectators and others involved in cricket is of paramount importance to Verwood Cricket Club. The Club is committed, so far as is reasonably practicable, to operating in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and all relevant regulations made under the Act.

In order to achieve this Verwood CC will:

Provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from its activities

Consult with members on matters affecting their health and safety

Provide and ensure maintenance of safe facilities and equipment

Ensure all participants are provided with adequate safety information

Minimise the risk of accidents

Maintain safe conditions for cricket activity

Review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals

The Club Committee has prime responsibility for health and safety of Verwood CC’s activities. It is the duty of the committee to see that everything reasonably practicable is done to prevent personal injury and to maintain a safe and healthy place for recreation. It is the duty of coaches, members, players, spectators and all other involved in cricket to act responsibly, and to do everything they can to prevent injury to themselves and colleagues.

ORGANISATION

Day to day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice is delegated to the Club Secretary.

All club members are expected to co-operate with the Club Committee on health and safety matters, take reasonable care of their own health and safety, and report all health and safety concerns to the Club Secretary.


Coaches

All volunteer coaches must have appropriate ECB coaching qualifications, a current CRB check and ECBCA membership. Coaches have responsibility for the supervision and conduct of the young people in their care throughout each session of activity they are delivering. Coaches must do their best to ensure the health and safety of everyone taking part in cricket activities.

Umpires and Team Managers

All umpires and team mangers must have a current CRB check.

Club members

All club members aged 16 and over should complete a Registration Form annually. Any club member operating equipment must be adequately trained to do so, including suitable precautions related to health and safety matters as outlined in any relevant risk assessments.

MONITORING

The Club Committee is responsible for monitoring the operation of this policy and for investigating accidents and making recommendations to prevent a reoccurrence.

SAFETY PROCEDURES

Risk assessments

Coaches should carry out a risk assessment at the beginning of each training session and fill in an attendance register. Any unacceptable remaining residual risks should be reported to the Club Secretary and any remedial actions agreed and implemented before activities begin.

The use of Club equipment will be risk assessed by persons competent to do so. It is the responsibility of the Club Committee to identify suitably competent persons.

Accidents and first aid

All accidents, however minor, should be recorded in an accident book. If necessary, First Aid should be administered by a trained person. More serious incidents should be dealt with by the Emergency Services.


Child Welfare

Verwood CC is committed to making cricket a safe, positive and enjoyable experience for all players, participants and spectators but particularly for young people and vulnerable adults. Verwood CC endorses and implements the recommendations of the ECB Safe Hands (Welfare of Young People in Cricket) Policy.

Verwood CC will implement the relevant protective policies for young players as defined by the relevant authority regarding protective equipment, safe positioning of fielders, and overs bowling restrictions.

Outdoor nets

Outdoor nets should be used in such a way as cause minimal nuisance or danger to other players or members of the public.

Outfield practice

When players practice on the outfield they should do so in positions which minimise the risk of injury to fellow cricketers and members of the public as well as damage to property.