Information was sent to clubs two weeks ago about the possibility of using online risk assessment to ensure their premises are safe for all users.
Staffordshire Rugby Union can now announce that if clubs complete the Online Risk Assessment Tool they will receive a grant to implement the recommendations. The grant will be jointly funded by the SRU and the RFU when the package offer is launched on 6th May.
Up to eight clubs will receive a maximum of £400 each to be used to implement findings from the risk assessments, which could include health & safety signage, personal protective equipment (PPE), first aid courses, first aid kits as examples.
It is important that clubs keep the whole of their club as safe as possible off and on the pitch. Clubs are visited by hundreds, if not thousands, of people each year and they have a duty to ensure that their premises, including the clubhouse, car park and grounds are safe and not going to cause them to be injured.
To participate, clubs will need to acquire the Risk Assessment App and online risk management platform which supports club coaches and administrators in managing on pitch risk assessment and accident reporting. For clubs to access this it will cost them £50 (although an introductory offer of £30 annual fee subsidised by the RFU is available).
Completing risk assessments online will help clubs to keep their premises safe and also save effort as the system automatically creates the audit trail clubs need to prove the work they are doing to manage their risks.
Clubs are advised to put the 6th May in their diaries when there will be a National Webinar for clubs and CBs to launch the initiative including some live examples