Health & Safety

Health and Safety Document


1. The Executive Committee of the Byrne Black Belt Academy regards the promotion of Health and Safety measures as a mutual objective of instructors and members at every level, and will support all those who endeavour to carry it out.

2. Martial arts is a contact sport and therefore any injury incurred during our lessons or tournaments are entirely at your own risk, and you will not hold the BBBA or anyone else responsible other than yourself.

3. The BBBA recognises a responsibility:

(a) to provide and maintain a safe and healthy level of instruction.

(b) to provide appropriate training and instructors, so far is reasonably practical, to enable members to practise safely and efficiently.

(c) to encourage the use of all necessary protective equipment and to supervise their use.

First Aid Special Precautions

1. In any situation requiring first aid, certain precautions should be taken to reduce the risk of transmitting infections, including AIDS and hepatitis.

2. First aiders should always cover any exposed cuts or abrasions they may have with a waterproof dressing before treating a casualty whether or not any infection is suspected.

3. They should also wash their hands both before and after applying dressings

4. Whenever blood, semen, or other body fluids have to be mopped up, disposable plastic gloves should always be worn and paper towels used, these items should then be placed in plastic bags and safely disposed of, preferably by burning. Clothing may be cleaned in an ordinary washing machine using the hot cycle. The AIDS virus is killed by household bleach and the area in which any spills have occurred should be disinfected using one part bleach diluted with 10 parts water, caution should be exercised as bleach is corrosive and can be harmful to the skin.

5. If direct contact with another persons blood or other body fluids occur, the area should be washed as soon as possible with ordinary soap and water. Clean cold tap water should be used if the lips, mouth, tongue, eyes or broken skin are affected and medical advice sought.

6. First aiders who may be called upon to give mouth to mouth resuscitation should be aware that mouthpieces are available for this procedure for specially trained persons. Such treatment should NEVER be withheld in an emergency if a mouth piece is not available. No case of infection has been reported from any part of the world as a result of giving mouth to mouth resuscitation.

Competition Safety In addition to the requirements listed elsewhere in this document

It shall be the duty of all competition organisers and promoters to observe the following requirements:

1. Medical: At all major competitions above club level, a medical doctor must be in attendance in addition to first-aiders and equipment.

2. Floors: Mats or sprung ring-boards for competitions which involve footsweeps, throws, takedowns and full-contact.

3. Licences: It is the BBBA's policy to keep hold of all students licences. If you terminate your membership with the BBBA your licence also ceases.

4. Members have a duty to co-operate in the operation of this policy:

(a) by encouraging safe practices.

(b) by using protective equipment when required.

(c) by reporting incidents that have lead, or may lead to injury or damage.

(d) by adhering to BBBA procedures agreed on their behalf for securing a safe environment.

(e) by assisting in the investigation of any incident with the object of introducing measures to prevent recurrence.

General Responsibilities for Health & Safety

It shall be the duty of every member to ensure that they have familiarised themselves with the contents of this policy and shall include:

1.Familiarising themselves with the premises in use, noting:

a) All exit routes

b) First aid facilities

c) Fire extinguishers

d) Toilets and changing rooms

e) Notice boards

f) Rules and regulations

g) Telephones

h) Nearest casualty hospital

2. Members and visitors to the premises shall observe the BBBA safety policy and acknowledge their duty:

(a) To take reasonable care of Health and Safety of themselves and of other persons who may be affected by his/hers acts or omissions at the premises.

(b) To co-operate so far as is necessary with regard to any duty requirement imposed upon the instructor or any other persons by or under any statutory provisions, to enable that duty or requirement to be performed or fulfilled.

3. BBBA instructors are to behave in a responsible manner and shall:

a) familiarise themselves with the BBBA safety policy and enforce it at all times.

b) monitor any suggestions or complaints from members or instructors on the subject of safety, and take action where practicable.

c) investigate all accidents and dangerous practices, in conjunction with any person so authorised, and report accordingly.

d) ensure that a record is maintained of all injuries. Such record to be produced as and when required.

e) be directly responsible for the running of club/s under their control.

f) provide adequate supervision of all members, particularly monitoring young or inexperienced members and/or instructors.

g) take any action necessary to ensure that legal safety obligations have been carried out by the owners/authority in charge of the premises, i.e. safety fire-check etc.

h) ensure that any training or safety equipment being used is in a safe, clean and serviceable condition.

i) ensure that any prospective instructor receives appropriate training as provided by the BBBA and that only authorised persons are placed in a position of supervision of others.

j) Introduce control measures where necessary, to reduce hazards.

k) Ensure that all persons acting on their behalf comply with this and all other Health and Safety regulations.

l) Ensure that all persons comply with any directives relative to insurance indemnities.

4. Executive / Management Committee Shall:-

a) advise the members of any standards of safety .

b) have representation on any meetings on Health and Safety.

c) provide and maintain all Health and Safety policy documentation.

d) seek to provide information and training concerning Health and Safety.

e) ensure that all instructors are provided with an opportunity to undergo training for coaching and Health and Safety.

f) seek advice from the Central Council for Physical Recreation, The Sports Council and other bodies able to provide instruction or guidance.

Personal Safety Equipment

A wide range of personal protective equipment is available to all martial artists for the Health and Safety of not only the wearer, but also any other persons engaged in activities with them. The range of equipment varies with martial arts disciplines and the rules of combat. The instructor will advise. The following are available:

a) Head-guard. of suitable material; secure-fitting and protected all round

b) Gum-shield. These should be individually fitted

c) Chest protector for ladies

d) Forearm protector

e) Fist protector - These could be 10oz boxing gloves (WAKO full-contact and Light contact) or open palmed gloves.(WAKO semi-contact).

f) Groin Box

g) Shin protector

h)Boot/instep protector

Safety equipment should be worn during all contact activities where injury could result. Such equipment will usually be determined by national or international rules and regulations. For personal hygiene and efficiency, borrowing and lending of equipment is not to be encouraged. All members should obtain their own personal items of safety equipment. Any refusal or non-compliance with any reasonable request to wear adequate safety equipment MUST result in the exclusion of the individual concerned, from any activity requiring such protection, for the health and safety of themselves and others. First Aid Under the Health and Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981, premises must have first aid provision. At least one first aid box should be kept on each of the premises used or occupied by the club/s.

While the substance of the Disciplinary Procedures (as defined in the Constitution of The Amateur Martial Association is not changed , it is important to draw the attention of members that the procedure does apply to Health and Safety matters. Failure to observe the rules and guidance in this policy may lead to disciplinary action being taken.

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