2018Annual - Safety & Risk Management 13 Safety and Risk Management WHAT IS RISK MANAGEMENT? Identifying Risks: What are the possible things that can go wrong? Measuring Risks: How likely is it things will go wrong, and what are the consequences if they do go wrong? Controlling Risks: What can be done to keep things from going wrong, or if things do go wrong, to minimize the resulting harm? Registration: All club members, no matter their status, must be registered with the OLBA and all club members must have a signed insurance waiver on file at their club. Risk Management Officer: All clubs, in addition to their regular officers, should have a Risk Management Officer to ensure that risk management policies are put in place, kept in place and followed. CLUB FACILITIES 1. Design and follow a regular maintenance, repair and replacement program for your facilities and equipment. Ensure that clubs are kept neat and tidy be removing boxes and other material that is in areas where members and participants will be walking through. Install rubber mats or paint wooden decks with paint containing sand where members will be walking in order to eliminate falls during wet conditions. Any uneven steps or steps down to greens should be painted with bright yellow or fluorescent paint so that they will be very visible. When bowling, once you put your bowls on the green make sure that bowl bags or any other material that you have brought with you is put well clear of the bowling green so that members/participants won’t fall over them. Rakes are often cumbersome and can be dangerous. Make sure that they are removed from the green entirely once leads have gathered the bowls after an end is completed. Designate two people who will be responsible for setting out all equipment prior to bowling.
14 Safety & Risk Management - Ontario Lawn Bowls Association 2. Enforce the use of prescribed safety and protective equipment at all times. Ensure that the electrical wiring in your club kitchen is up to provincial standards and that all electrical equipment is safe (i.e. cords for kettles are not frayed and your stove is in proper working condition, etc.) All club kitchens should have a provincially approved and working fire extinguisher installed in them. PERSONAL, MEMBERS and VOLUNTEER PROTECTION Ensure that there is a fully stocked first aid kit in your club house to handle minor emergencies. If possible, one or two members should take a First Aid course. In order to avoid confusion, designate two people to handle all emergencies – provide first aid as required, phone 911, etc. Ensure that there is telephone service available at all times when members/participants are at the club in case of emergencies (club telephone or cell phone). No member should be on the greens or at the club alone. Your greens keeper should always use protective attire when caring for the greens and grounds. Rules and warning signs should be placed in prominent places in your facility. All new board members, committee members and volunteers should be provided with orientation materials. Ensure that your club coaches are certified and up to date on all safety procedures. WEATHER Lawn Bowling should be an enjoyable and safe activity for all, participants, volunteers and spectators. If at all possible, when it is too hot, cancel the activity and reschedule it. If there is a storm, halt the event until it has passed and play can resume. It is expected that club risk management officers and members will use common sense under these conditions and others. FOOD PREPARATION Follow approved food preparation and alcohol management practices at all events. REMEMBER If it was constructed, it can break – fix it! If it moves, it will collide with something! If it’s alive and under ten years old or over ten years old, it will be curious and adventurous! It is the responsibility of all club members to ensure that a safe environment is available to all.
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Each year, at Restoration Academy, we publish a report documenting the way the Lord has worked through our school in the past year. This year is our 30th year of ministry, and we are blessed and fortunate to continue to grow in a time when many comparable urban Christian schools are closing their doors.