Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Introduction

CHAPTER 2: Negligence

1. Why is Negligence such a Big Deal?

  • Our Litigious Society
  • Impact of Increased Litigation on Sport/Recreation

2. Negligence

  • Tort Law
  • What is Negligence?

3. Establishing Liability for Negligence

Step 1: Has there been Negligence?

  • Duty of Care
  • Standard of Care
  • Actual Harm
  • Proximate Cause

Step 2: Liability for Negligence

  • Personal Liability
  • Vicarious Liability
  • Products and Premises/Occupiers Liability

Step 3: Defences against Negligence

  • Contributory Negligence
  • Voluntary Assumption of Risk
  • Waivers

4. Negligence and the Courts

  • The Legal Process
  • What to do in the Event of a Lawsuit

CHAPTER 3: The 5 Key Risk Areas

1. Supervision & Instruction

  • Qualifications & Certifications
  • Supervision Ratios
  • Lesson Plans & Progressions
  • Other Issues worth noting for Supervision and Instruction

2. Training

  • Step 1: Identify types of Training
  • Step 2: Determine Who Needs Training
  • Step 3: Develop Training Grids
  • Step 4: Develop ‘Department Training Grid’

3. Facilities & Equipment

  • Inspection of Facilities and Equipment
  • Maintenance of Facilities and Equipment
  • Inspection and Maintenance Checklists
  • Signage
  • Other issues worth noting for Facilities and Equipment
  • Note on New Facilities
  • New Facility Safety Design Issues

4. Documentation

  • Risk Management Manual
  • Waivers
  • Medical Screening
  • Risk Information

5. Emergency Response Plan

  • Emergency Planning Process:
    Step 1: What needs to be done?
    Step 2: Who is responsible for what?
  • Training
  • Rehearsals/ Drills
  • Equipment
  • Communication

CHAPTER 4: Risk Management Planning

1. Risk Management: What’s it all about?

  • What’s all the Fuss?
  • Defining Risk Management

2. Keeping it Simple

  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

3. Determining Risk Profile

  • Risk Matrix approach
  • Risk Rating approach
  • Risk Grid
  • Risk Map
  • Risk Controls and Residual Risk

4. Risk Management Planning

Risk Management Planning: A Three Step Process:

Step 1: Prioritize High Risk Areas

Step 2: Conduct an Audit/ Risk Assessment

Step 3: Develop Action Plans

5. Organizing for Risk Management

  • The Risk Management Committee

6. The Role of Insurance

CHAPTER 5: Special Policy Areas

1. Transportation

  • Four Key Areas (Vehicles; Drivers; Passengers; Emergency Response)

2. Sport Clubs

Key risk management issues for Sport Clubs:

  • Reporting Structure
  • Advisors
  • Sport Club Officers
  • Safety Officers
  • Coaches
  • Travel
  • Hazing
  • Concussion Management
  • Sport Club Council
  • Other

3. Youth Camps

Key risk management issues for Camps:

  • Staffing
  • Supervision & Training
  • Training
  • Emergency Response
  • Documentation e.g. medical information, parental consent
  • Facilities & Equipment
  • Residence Camps
  • Other

4. Disease Control

  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Infectious Diseases

5. Alcohol & Drugs

  • Policies
  • Facility Rentals involving alcohol

6. Event Management

  • Five Key Areas
  • Event Management Checklist

7. Contracts

  • Facility Rental contracts
  • Personal Services contracts

CHAPTER 6: Appendices

Audit checklists; event management checklist; and more

CHAPTER 7: Resources

Comprehensive list of practical resources

It’s great to work with expertise who really understand the critical issues of managing our inherent risk in recreation and student programming. As a professional who is committed to providing safe programming, it’s essential to know your problem areas and how your program measures up nationally. I want to do everything possible to identify weaknesses and build concrete action plans – and this assessment tool does both!

Kathleen Hatch

Executive Director, Recreational Sports
The Ohio State University

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