Anyone (including volunteers), with control of a facility (e.g. clubhouse, athletics track), or an event (e.g. road/fell/trail/XC race), has a duty to see that premises, equipment and activities are safe for all participants and all those involved (officials, spectators etc.)
The guidance is designed to act as a one-stop-shop for sports clubs and bodies and includes checklists and advice to help those running sports clubs to comply with health and safety law.
Safety in Athletics
Safety should be an integral part of all athletics disciplines at all levels, from recreational running through to the highest level of track and field.
In terms of legal requirements, there are two main considerations for clubs and event/activity providers:
1. “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.
2. Health and safety legislation such as Acts of Parliament and regulations set specific duties for employers in order to limit the risks to anyone coming into contact with their organisation. The main Act to be aware of is the Health and Safety at Work Act
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