Saizen Kai Karate - Risk assessment
The following questions have been based on the perceived risks associated with karate. If you are able to answer yes to all the questions or provide a suitable alternative, it is felt that you will have done all that is practical in creating a risk free environment for your members.
If you feel that there are any outstanding risks associated with the operation of the club, then you must report your concerns as soon as possible to the committee.
1.1 Is the Club affiliated to the appropriate Governing Body(ies)?
2. New Members
2.1 Does the application/enrolment form or receipt require the applicant to acknowledge that martial art, as with all physical activities, carries attendant risks?
2.2 Are details requested on the application form of any health problems or disabilities that might affect a person's practice?
2.3 In appropriate cases if the applicant declares such a medical condition is a copy of the medical certificate clearing the individual for participation in the martial art required?
2.4 Are participants required to give a contact address and emergency telephone number?
3. Emergencies and Health Monitoring
3.1 Are participants advised that a return to sport too early after injury is not appropriate?
3.6 Is there a person qualified in First Aid at sessions or available on the premises?
3.5 Is first Aid equipment available?
3.3 Are all serious accidents reported to the sports hall?
3.2 Is there a procedure in place to monitor and review accidents?
Yes, part of the training hall procedures
Yes, in the training hall
Yes, instructor, and assistant instructor
3.4 Are procedures in place to report onto the appropriate enforcing bodies such as the HSE?
4.3 Are mats periodically checked to ensure that anti-slip system still works in an appropriate manner and is still effective?
4.1 Are mats sufficiently dense and resilient that an adult's fall is absorbed without feeling the floor has been reached i.e. not fully compacted and of compliance with any appropriate B.S. e.g. BS 1892?
4.2 When mats are laid are they secured so as not to slip (i.e. have non-slip undersides or interlock with each other)?
4.7 Is the mat surface such that it provides traction for the feet but is not so rough so as to be a cause of friction burns?
5.1 Do all participants wear appropriate clothing?
4.6 Where mats abut each other are they of constant thickness and density so that there are no steps to cause trip hazards?
4.5 Does the surface allow free turning of the participants?
4.4 If the mat incorporates a surface directly is it free from tears or pitting?
Yes. New students will wear loose clothing. Karate Gi required for 1st grading
5. The Session
5.3 Do participants who wear glasses use sport-safe types?
5.4 Is the wearing of jewellery prohibited?
5.2 Where hand or foot contact is likely do participants have short finger and toenails?
Yes. This is part of the club rules
Yes. This is part of the Dojo rules
6.2 Is the class able to clearly hear and see the Instructor when demonstrations are given?
6.1 Is the sport taught only by an appropriately qualified instructor?
7.1 Does the instructor remain with the class throughout the lesson?
7.3 Are all training partners made aware of the need for special care when practicing with people with differing needs and where there is a difference in physical stature?
7.6 Where appropriate are participants warned against the use of full power kicks and punches to the head so as to lessen the risk of brain damage to their opponent
7.5 Are participants made aware of the extra care needed when practicing with a lower grade?
7.2 Is close attention paid at all times, especially where there are young people or people with disabilities or health risks?
7.4 Are inexperienced people only put into any competitive situation when techniques can be performed correctly?
8. Weaponry Use
8.1 Are all weapons maintained in good condition and checked regularly for defects?
8.3 Are weapons with live blades only used under specially controlled conditions (which includes spatial and competence considerations)?
8.2 Is weapon work only taught by Instructors deemed to be competent by their Association/Governing Body?
No weapons are used
On behalf of Saizen Kai Karate I have answered the above questions honestly, and to the best of my knowledge all training session operate accordingly.
Name: Iain Nutting
Position: Chief Instructor
Date: 06 September 2008
Name: Elizabeth Nutting
Position: Club secretary
Date: 06 September 2008