Risk assessment is a technique for identifying and controlling hazards associated with an organisation’s activities. All rugby clubs should undertake risk assessments.
Undertaking risk assessments demonstrates commitment to volunteers and the duty of care owed to them. They are also an excellent way to identify and overcome health and safety problems.
Risk assessment involves identifying all hazards, assessing the risk and putting in place measures to control unacceptable risks, e.g. replacing a faulty socket.
Assessing risk requires knowledge of the work activities. This can be found in the people who do the work. The assessment should therefore involve employees and volunteers.
A hazard is anything that has the potential to cause harm, e.g. the faulty electrical socket.
Risk is the likelihood of it causing harm and the degree of harm it could cause, e.g. an electrical shock that could lead to a fatality.
Risk assessment resources
The government’s Health and Safety Executive has a useful risk assessments webpage and the following downloadable template Risk Assessment Template (PDF 52kB) is also helpful.
Also, to help clubs with risk assessment decisions, there is a Risk Probability Matrix (PDF 13kB).
Risk assessment videos
The following short videos will aim to bring to life the potential common hazards rugby clubs face and offer some potential solutions for rugby clubs to consider. The videos are broken down into areas to make them easier to digest when breaking down the risk assessment process.
We would like to thank Mellish RFC for allowing us to use their facilities to demonstrate a range of health and safety hazards. Please note: the videos do not give a true reflection of the club as the majority of hazards were set up for illustration purposes.
Template risk assessments are available in support of the videos – see below.
Risk assessment templates
The following risk assessment templates will aim to guide rugby clubs in regard to common hazards and offer some potential solutions for clubs to consider. The templates are separated into areas to make them easier to digest when breaking down the risk assessment process.
All public and community buildings are obliged under various Regulations and Acts to reduce the risk of fire. You should carry-out a Fire Risk Assessment and seek advice from your local fire brigade.
Please see the Fire Safety Risk Assessment Template (MS Word 47kB).
Further health and safety support is available from the RFU Legal Helpline. Call 0844 561 8177 quoting scheme reference number 81066 or visit the Health and Safety Executive website for further support and information.