UKA Revised Code of Practice

UKA Revised Code of Practice - Draft Consultation

On behalf of UK Athletics, please see below some information regarding a consultation on the draft Codes of Practice of the Safe Conduct of Track and Field Events. UKA are looking for a response from all athletes, coaches, officials and event organisers. Please read the attached documents and send any response to kerry@athleticsni.org by 2nd December 2016.

 

OFFICIALS

It is UKAs policy, so far as is reasonably practicable, to safeguard the Health & Safety of all those involved in the sport of athletics.

A key part of UKAs role is the provision of guidance to those involved in the running of the sport, and as officials you will not doubt be aware of the current safety guidance provided in the 2007 Approved Codes of Practice the Safe Conduct of Track and Field Events.

A recent review of Codes of Practice conducted by UKAs Safety Advisory Group and external Health & Safety consultants, noted a limitation in the current guidance documents, namely the extensive use an “off the shelf” generic risk assessments as opposed to site/event specific based risk assessments that assesses an event or facilities’ particular peculiarities and documents and mitigates additional hazards and risks that these may bring to the fore. (E.g. a Town centre Throws Fest or an athletics facility with infield horizontal jumps pits).

Accordingly UKA has started a process of rewriting the Codes of Practice with a view to providing simple safety guidance alongside downloadable templates and checklists that aims to encourage and support officials, coaches, event organisers and facility operators in the production of site/event specific risk assessments.

Attached is the first draft of the new Officials Code of Practice and throughout the months of November and December we are keen to get your views and feedback so that these can be taken into account before a final version is produced and communicated to the sport in April 2017.

 

COACHES

It is UKAs policy, so far as is reasonably practicable, to safeguard the Health & Safety of all those involved in the sport of athletics.

A key part of UKAs role is the provision of guidance to those involved in the running of the sport, and as coaches you will likely be aware of the current safety guidance provided in the 2007 Approved Codes of Practice the Safe Conduct of Track and Field Events.

A recent review of Codes of Practice conducted by UKAs Safety Advisory Group and external Health & Safety consultants, noted a limitation in the current guidance documents, namely the extensive use an “off the shelf” generic risk assessments as opposed to site specific based risk assessments that assesses an event or facilities’ particular peculiarities and documents and mitigates additional hazards and risks that these may bring to the fore. (E.g. a Town centre Throws Fest or an athletics facility with infield horizontal jumps pits).

Accordingly UKA has started a process of rewriting the Codes of Practice with a view to providing simple safety guidance alongside downloadable templates and checklists that aims to encourage and support coaches, officials, event organisers and facility operators in the production of site/event specific risk assessments.

Attached is the first draft of the new Officials Code of Practice and throughout the months of November and December we are keen to get your views and feedback so that these can be taken into account before a final version is produced and communicated to the sport in April 2017.

 

EVENT ORGANISERS

It is UKAs policy, so far as is reasonably practicable, to safeguard the Health & Safety of all those involved in the sport of athletics.

A key part of UKAs role is the provision of guidance to those involved in the running of the sport, and as Event Organisers you will not doubt be aware of the current safety guidance provided in the 2007 Approved Codes of Practice the Safe Conduct of Track and Field Events.

A recent review of Codes of Practice conducted by UKAs Safety Advisory Group and external Health & Safety consultants, noted a limitation in the current guidance documents, namely the extensive use an “off the shelf” generic risk assessments as opposed to site/event specific based risk assessments that assesses an event or facilities’ particular peculiarities and documents and mitigates additional hazards and risks that these may bring to the fore. (E.g. a Town centre Throws Fest or an athletics facility with infield horizontal jumps pits).

Accordingly UKA has started a process of rewriting the Codes of Practice with a view to providing simple safety guidance alongside downloadable templates and checklists that aims to encourage and support event organisers, officials, coaches and facility operators in the production of site/event specific risk assessments.

Attached is the first draft of the new Officials Code of Practice and throughout the months of November and December we are keen to get your views and feedback so that these can be taken into account before a final version is produced and communicated to the sport in April 2017.

 

CODE OF PRACTICE - Athlete - Track & Field Safety

CODE OF PRACTICE - Official - Track Events

CODE OF PRACTICE - Official - Field Events

CODE OF PRACTICE - Official - Indoor Athletics

CODE OF PRACTICE - Official - Preamble

CODE OF PRACTICE - Track & Field - General

CODE OF PRACTICE - PhotoFinish