Business Houses Athletic Association Safety Statement
This safety statement sets out the safety measures that the BHAA and its race organisers are to undertake to ensure the health and safety of athletes, spectators and volunteers at a BHAA organised race. The BHAA committee and race organisers have endorsed this safety statement and are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all who attend a BHAA race. The BHAA and the race organisers expect that all athletes, volunteers, and spectators to co-operate with the committee in ensuring the health and safety of all and avoiding any accidents.
For road races the BHAA recommends the race organiser to:
- Choose a road race course that is safe for runners.
- Avoid crossing roads and roads with major junctions or heavy traffic throughput.
- Agree the course route with the local Gardai who should be engaged to help devise the traffic management plan. Agree with the Gardai where they will provide help and where the race organisers need to provide stewards.
- Ensure any obstacles on the race route such as road works, roundabouts, kerbing, islands, barriers or holes do not pose a health or safety risk to competitors.
- Have a lead car/bike lead the leading runner.
- Have a car/bike following the last race participant.
For cross-country races the BHAA recommends the race organiser to
- Choose a cross country course that is safe for runners.
- Ensure any obstacles on the cross country course do not pose a health or safety risk to competitors.
For all races the BHAA recommends the race organiser to
- Provide a map of the race course and post it in the registration area for all runners to view before the race.
- Ensure FIRST AID, St John’s Ambulance or Civil Defence is available in the case of an emergency.
- Postpone a race in extreme weather conditions such as high wind, ice or snow.
- Advise all race participants that headphones are not allowed in the race and runners wearing headphones will be disqualified.
- Ensure that all junctions are stewarded and all race stewards are wearing high-visibility jackets.
- Prepare a race risk assessment, using the template attached, to highlight any specific and local hazards and risk areas, to identify how these risk areas will be managed and who will be responsible for putting safety measures in place. This template must be modified to suit local conditions.
Signed ______________ ___________________
Chairperson, BHAA Date
Race specific risk assessment template
|Hazards & Risks||Required Safety Measures||Responsible Persons|
|Before race start|
|Runners warming before race||BHAA race signs to be erected on approach roadsAdvise athletes of safe area to use when warming up – advise runners to use footpaths/parks etc and to keep off the roads||Identify names and contact numbers for those responsible for implementing safety measures|
|Race Start/During Race|
|Athletes wearing headphones do not hear approaching traffic||Signs at registration that headphones are not allowedAnnouncement before race start that headphones are not allowed.||Identify names and contact numbers for those responsible for implementing safety measures|
|Athletes being hit by traffic at the start or during the race.|| Ensure a lane on roads is closed/partially closed and traffic cones are used to separate the runners from the oncoming traffic at narrow spots.Use a lead car/bike at front of race and use a sweeper at end of race.Ensure stewards to be at all junctions on the race course. Race stewards to wear high-vis jackets
First Aid available at Race HQ
Finishing chute to be placed away from main road/roads. Use cones to separate from traffic.
|Identify names and contact numbers for those responsible for implementing safety measures|
|Identify specific course route risks here e.g. road works, narrow spots, roundabouts, blind turns etc||Update accordingly||Identify names and contact numbers for those responsible for implementing safety measures|
|Athletes/spectators being hit by traffic.||Stewards to move runners to a safe place from finish area as they finish.Ensure roads are re-opened as soon as possible. Comply with Gardai rules.||Identify names and contact numbers for those responsible for implementing safety measures|
|Race equipment left on the course causes injury to members of the public||Remove all race signs, tape, cones, finishing chute equipment as quickly as possible after race finish. Ensure litter is cleaned up at finish.||Identify names and contact numbers for those responsible for implementing safety measures|
|Injury is caused to BHAA race runner or member of the public (boiling water left unattended etc)||Ensure all burkas, teapots, coffee pots are attended to at all times.||Identify names and contact numbers for those responsible for implementing safety measures|