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Health and Safety on Course

General Considerations

The information below is a guide when acting as a tutor on courses, the Lead Tutor should take overall responsibility for this, however it is down to both tutors to implement.

Tutors are responsible for the safety of the course candidates and as such we ask that when tutoring that you assess the risk of the activities being undertaken and their suitability for the candidates in attendance. Take into consideration the changing weather conditions and suitable places to commence practical activity. When asking volunteers to join in we ask that you ensure that the activity is suited to the fitness level of the individual. It is important to ensure that the facility is suitable for the activities. If not suitable, please inform your Home Country contact.


Be aware of the following potential problems;

  • Grass tracks (uneven surfaces, holes, wet surfaces, debris)
  • Cinder tracks (holes, debris, ridges and hollows)
  • Synthetic tracks (tears, debris, slippery surfaces, sand pits, landing areas, danger from skin burns)
  • During inclement weather, surfaces should be checked for suitability. Rain, snow and frost can render surfaces hazardous and slippery
  • When using areas other than a running track the surface of the playing area should be in good condition and level
  • The area should be free of any broken glass, cans or rubbish; visually check the area before commencing activity


Indoor facilities present a number of safety issues; restricted space, floor surfaces, walls and wall projections, ventilation, temperature, glare, windows (unbreakable or protected), lighting.

  • Floor should be in good condition, clean, dry and nonslip
  • Be aware of throwing when lighting is not encased in protective caging
  • Any sharp edges on walls and doors and any other projections should be protected or given adequate clearance
  • The activities should be conducted in an appropriate temperature


  • Damaged equipment should never be used
  • Equipment should be clean
  • Equipment should be safely stored when not being used
  • Tutors should  encourage candidates to get involved with safety checks to promote good health and safety practice
  • Equipment that is considered to be unsafe should be labeled and removed from the area and the facility informed
  • If equipment is to be used for a purpose for which it was not primarily designed great care should be taken


Candidates should dress appropriately;

  • Clothing should not be so loose that it obstructs movement, nor should it be so tight that it restricts movement 
  • Depending on the activity jewellery may need to be removed prior to the activity commencing
  • Specific clothing may include the need for sunhats and sun cream during summer, layers including a hat and gloves in the winter
  • In the event that a candidate wishes to wear different clothing in accordance with their religion of cultural traditions, this should be discussed and a suitable outcome agreed on, resulting in maintaining respect for the individual’s beliefs at the same time as enabling safe participation 
  • Glasses should be with plastic or unbreakable lenses


Lead Tutors should ensure that candidates wear appropriate footwear;

  • Footwear should provide good traction
  • Footwear should provide good support and appropriate cushioning for the activity being carried out


  • Candidates should be warned of the dangers of chewing sweets and gum when engaged in practical activity
  • Ensure that all candidates are familiar with any safety routines specific to the activity in which they are participating
  • Be aware of specific needs and requirements of candidates and any medical conditions which may be relevant to the activities
  • Candidates must be sufficiently ‘fit’ to participate in athletic activities
  • Lead Tutors must be aware of any health issues which are likely to affect a candidate’s ability to take part in any activity or which might restrict the nature, longevity or difficulty of the activity. This information should be forwarded by the Home Country with the register and the Lead Tutor should ask again at the beginning of the course

Course Risk Assessments

Please see below Risk Assessments for all Coach Education Courses:

Coach Education Course Risk Assessment

Athletics Coach Risk Assessment









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