Information, Instruction, Supervision and Training

Providing the right information, instruction, supervision and training to carry out work safely and without risk to health is a basic requirement of many health and safety pieces of legislation. It is not safe to assume people know how something works or how to use it.

Deciding what is needed will depend on a number of factors and will change as new grounds equipment is bought, new groundstaff are taken on or if there are any changes to the way ground maintenance is organised. This means clubs will have to regularly review the information given to groundstaff and when necessary, revise it accordingly.

It will also depend on the groundstaff’s experience. The information that new workers need on their first day will be different to what they need after they have been doing their job for a long time.

Risk Assessment

A risk assessment is an important step in protecting workers and business, as well as complying with the law and demonstrating good practice. It helps you focus on the risks that really matter in your cricket club – the ones with the potential to cause harm.

Risk Assessment has five key steps:
1. Identify Hazards (a hazard is something with the potential to cause harm e.g. a hole in the ground)
2. Decide who might be harmed and how (this includes anyone who may be harmed by the hazard e.g. employees, volunteers, crickets, spectators etc and harm may include any injury, damage or loss e.g. a cricketer falling in the hole and injury occurring)
3. Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions (this involves consideration of the potential harm that may be caused, how likely it is to occur and any steps that can be taken to prevent it from happening e.g. fill in the hole, isolate people from the hole – fences, warnings – signs, cover over with a suitable cover etc)
4. Record your findings and implement them (write them down and make them known/available to all who may be affected)
5. Review your assessment and update if necessary (e.g. annually or if anything changes)

For more help in performing a Risk Assessment please visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/riskassess.htm

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

What is PPE?
PPE is personal equipment that will protect the user against health or safety risks at work. It can include items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment (RPE).

PPE is a last resort and should only be used after all other controls have been implemented.

Employers should select PPE with their employees’ input, including consideration as to correct size, shape/fit, duration of use and the environment it will be used in.

For more information and guidance on PPE visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/Toolbox/ppe.htm

First Aid

Employers should provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.

What is ‘adequate and appropriate’ will depend on the circumstances of cricket clubs/grounds. This includes whether trained first-aiders are needed, what should be included in a first-aid box and if a first-aid room is required. Employers should carry out an assessment of first-aid needs to determine what to provide.

For more information on First Aid requirements and assessments visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/legislation.htm

Fire Safety

Most fires are preventable. Those responsible for cricket grounds and other buildings to which the public have access can avoid them by taking responsibility for and adopting the right behaviours and procedures.

What should cricket clubs do?

Employers (and/or building owners or occupiers) should carry out a fire safety risk assessment and keep it up to date. This shares the same approach as health and safety risk assessments and can be carried out either as part of an overall risk assessment or as a separate exercise.

Based on the findings of the assessment, employers should ensure that adequate and appropriate fire safety measures are in place to minimise the risk of injury or loss of life in the event of a fire.

To help prevent fire in the cricket ground, your risk assessment should identify what could cause a fire to start, i.e. sources of ignition (heat or sparks) and substances that burn, and the people who may be at risk.

Once you have identified the risks, you can take appropriate action to control them. Consider whether you can avoid them altogether or, if this is not possible, how you can reduce the risks and manage them. Also consider how you will protect people if there is a fire.

For more information on fire hazards and safety visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/fire.htm

 

This information has been prepared by the ECB as a general guide only in regard to health and safety and does not constitute advice on any specific matter. Further guidance in regard to health and safety may be found on the website of the Health and Safety Executive (http://www.hse.gov.uk) and a number of links to such guidance are incorporated into this information. Whilst it is hoped that the guidance contained below is helpful for cricket clubs, no liability can be accepted by the ECB for any action taken or not taken as a result of this information (or the content of third party websites).