Health and Safety Policy

A2prosoccer recognises and accepts its health and safety duties for providing a safe and healthy working environment (as far as is reasonably practicable) for all its workers (paid or volunteer) and other visitors to its premises under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, other relevant legislation and common law duties of care.

Throughout this Statement, terms such as “staff”, “workers”, “employees”, include both paid and volunteer workers.

It is our policy to promote the health and safety of the committee members, volunteers, staff and of all visitors to the Groups/Organisation’s premises (“the Premises”) and to that intent to:

 Take all reasonably practicable steps to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all personnel on the premises;

 Provide adequate working conditions with proper facilities to safeguard the health and safety of personnel and to ensure the delivery of our Service produces no unnecessary risk to health or safety;

 Encourage persons on the premises to co-operate with us in all safety matter, in the identification of hazards which may exist and in the reporting of any condition which may appear dangerous or unsatisfactory;

 Ensure the provision of safe equipment;

 Maintain safe arrangements for the use, handling, storage and transport of equipment;

 Provide sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to enable everyone to avoid hazards and contribute to their own safety and health;

 Provide specific information, instruction, training and supervision to personnel who have particular health and safety responsibilities (e.g. a person appointed as a Health and Safety Officer or Representative);

 Make, as reasonably practicable, safe arrangements for protection against any risk to health and safety of the general public or other persons that may arise from our activities;

 Make suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of employees and of persons not in the employment of a2prosoccer arising out of or in connection with our activities;

This policy statement and/or the procedures for its implementation may be altered at any time by a2prosoccers’ Management Committee (“the Committee”). The statement and the procedures are to be reviewed annually.

Statutory Duty of the Group/Organisation

The Group/Organisation will comply with its duty to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of its workers and of visitors to its premises and, in general, to:

 Make workplaces safe and without risks to health;

 Ensure equipment is safe and that safe systems of work are set and followed;

 Ensure training facilities are safe;

 Give volunteers/ workers the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary for their health and safety.

In particular, a2prosoccer will:

 Assess the risks to health and safety of its volunteers/workers;

 Make arrangements for implementing the health and safety measures identified as necessary by this assessment;

 Record the significant findings of the risk assessment and the arrangements for health and safety measures;

 Draw up a health and safety policy statement; including the health and safety organisation and arrangements in force, and bring it to the attention of its workers;

Appoint someone competent to assist with health and safety responsibilities;

 Set up emergency procedures;

 Provide adequate First Aid facilities;

 Make sure that the workplace satisfies health, safety and welfare requirements, eg for ventilation, temperature, lighting and for sanitary, washing and rest facilities;

 Make sure that work equipment is suitable for its intended use as far as health and safety is concerned, and that it is properly maintained and used;

 Avoid hazardous manual handling operations and, where they cannot be avoided, reduce the risk of injury;

 Report certain injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences to the appropriate health and safety enforcing authority.

Statutory Duty of the Groups/Organisation’s Workers

Employees (including voluntary workers) also have legal duties they include the following:

 To take reasonable care for their own health and safety, and that of other persons who may be affected by what they do or do not do;

 To co-operate with a2prosoccer on health and safety;

 To use equipment provided by a2prosoccer correctly, in accordance with training or instructions;

 Not to interfere with or misuse anything provided for health, safety and welfare purposes;

 To report at the earliest opportunity injuries, accidents or dangerous occurrences at work, including those involving the public and participants in activities organised by a2prosoccer;

 Health and Safety law applies not only to employees in the workplace, it also applies to organisations and people who occupy or use community buildings to which members of the public have access.

Policy for Visitors and Contractors

On arrival all visitors should be directed to the head coach who will take responsibility for the visitor(s) and assist in their evacuation from the premises during an emergency or arrange help in the event of an accident.

Any person on the a2prosoccer training facility should report any concerns relating to their own safety or suspected unsafe working practices to the Head Coach who will investigate any unsafe practice.

Arrangement and Procedures

First Aid and Accident Reporting
All a2prosoccer coaches delivering football sessions are trained in Emergency First Aid and carry an appropriate first aid kitbag to each activity and training session being delivered. First Aid bags are to be checked regularly and contents replaced as required. The appointed first aider is the session coach.


All accidents and injuries are to be recorded on an Injury and Accident Report Form. All coaches have been provided with this Form

 In the event of an injury or illness or medical emergency, ring for an ambulance directly. To call an ambulance – dial 999 and ask for “ambulance”;

 All accidents must be reported to the session coach immediately or as soon as practicable; a report will be written and submitted to the Head Coach for investigation and action to prevent recurrence. The report will record the time and date of the accident together with details of the accident, the parties involved and any witnesses.

 All accidents must be entered on an accident form, available from the session coach.

Fire Drills and Evacuation Procedures

All workers and volunteers must know the fire procedures, position of fire appliances and escape routes of the premises being used for the training sessions.

In the event of Fire:

 Persons discovering a fire should sound the nearest alarm;

 The first duty of all present is to evacuate all people from the building by the nearest exit immediately the fire is discovered;

 All persons must evacuate the building and, where possible without personal risk, leave all doors and windows closed;

 The assembly point for any premises being used must be identified

 No-one should leave the assembly point without the permission of the coach;

 If any fire occurs, however minor, the Fire Brigade must be called immediately by dialling 999 and asking for “Fire”;

 When the Fire Brigade arrives advise whether all persons are accounted for and location of fire.

Risk Assessment

Risk assessments relate to activities within the premises or grounds Risk assessments need to be carried out in relation to every activity undertaken, whether by groups or individuals and including the work of paid staff and volunteers Assessments need to be repeated whenever circumstances change:

 Changes in layout of equipment

 Observing trends on the accident form

 Changes in staff

 Introduction of new procedures, processes or materials