UNIVERSITY of OXFORD SPORTS DEPARTMENT OXFORD ALTERNATIVES PICK-UP ICE HOCKEY CLUB RISK ASSESSMENT DATE: 21/02/07 Activities usually carried out by the club. Developing and promoting ice hockey within Oxford University by operating mixed non-contact ice hockey sessions at Oxford Ice Rink on a social, 'turn up and play' basis, giving beginners to intermediates a chance to learn the sport and have fun. Also an annual cuppers event which is very similar, except that games are in a tournament structure and the games are directly refereed. HAZARD CONTROLS MEASURES IN PLACE RISK FACTOR FURTHER CONTROL MEASURES Likelihood x Severity General Hazards Poor quality ice Committee check ice before playing. If low x low it is dangerous do not play and consult with ice rink. Goalposts: sharp edges / exposed Checked by committee before playing. low x low netting leading to risk of tripping / If they are dangerous do not play and do not budge when hit hard consult with ice rink. Poor lighting/lighting failure Do not play if insufficient lighting; low x medium consult with ice rink. Players electrocute or otherwise Only committee members permitted to low x low injure themselves on control enter the box (where such equipment is equipment (music equipment, installed). Consult with ice rink over display control panel etc.) any dangerous wiring etc. General facility issues Refer faults/defects to the ice rink low x low manager. Fire at the ice rink In the event of a fire follow instructions low x high Committee members are required to of ice rink staff. learn the evacuation routes. Inappropriate equipment Ensure that goalkeepers wear a suitable helmet (provided by the club) low x medium at all times during play. Encourage players to bring gloves. Inexperience, lack of knowledge Committee to explain basic rules. high x low of the rules of the game Maintain a non-competitive atmosphere (except during cuppers). Players injure themselves Ice rink rule: Skates may only be worn low x low (particularly ankles) walking in on the rubber-surfaced areas (to skates off the rink itself prevent slipping). Sharp jewellery, watches etc. Players advised to remove these to low x low prevent scratches (lockers are available). HAZARD CONTROLS MEASURES IN PLACE RISK FACTOR FURTHER CONTROL MEASURES Likelihood x Severity Players leaving the rink late at Encourage players not to walk home high x low night alone. Make sure players have the number for the safety bus if apprehensive of walking home. Injuries During Play At least one committee member The procedure for all accidents at the supervising from the box at all times Ice Rink is: during play. 1. Report the accident/injury to the The rink is required to maintain a nearest member of the ice rink qualified first aider on site. staff. Players with relevant medical 2. Ice Rink staff to provide First Aid conditions are asked to fill out medical and/or contact the Emergency forms, which are kept to hand. Services. 3. An Accident Report form is completed by the Ice Rink Staff. Players getting hit by sticks “High sticks” rule to prevent more medium x serious head injuries; deliberate medium-low slashing banned; sticks aimed at ground level should just glance off skates. Shouldn’t be more dangerous than field hockey in this respect. Players getting hit by puck “No lifting the puck” rule; goalkeepers high x low (especially) prohibited from lying on the ice; use of light, flexible puck so much weaker impacts, comparable to floorball. Collisions between players Aggressive contact strictly prohibited; medium x no more than 24 on the ice at any medium-low time. Collisions shouldn’t be significantly more dangerous than in open ice skating sessions. Dangerous play; fighting Strictly forbidden, although unlikely low x high due to non-competitive atmosphere; committee members may ban players initiating or taking part in fights if they see fit. Disorderly drunken players Turned away at the door. low x medium Players tripping over sticks/legs Deliberate tripping is prohibited and will medium x low be punished. HAZARD CONTROLS MEASURES IN PLACE RISK FACTOR FURTHER CONTROL MEASURES Likelihood x Severity Players falling and injuring Gloves recommended; skating lessons medium x low themselves on the ice suggested to weak skaters. Falls shouldn’t be much more dangerous than in open ice skating sessions. Fallen players getting run over by Gloves recommended. low x medium skates Not warming up and cooling down Maintain a non-competitive atmosphere high x low properly (except during cuppers). Players are expected to be responsible. Exhaustion Short 3 minute games; vending low x low machines available. Waiting players or spectators The netting around the rink is always low x low getting hit by pucks extended, preventing pucks leaving the rink. This may be raised from the wall at the gates to the ice, however players will be asked to move away from these during games. Sticks breaking Committee monitors sticks and medium x low disposes of broken ones. Additional risks during cuppers More competitive atmosphere Blues team players refereeing, medium-low Teams will be disqualified if necessary. dangerous play will be strictly severity penalised. Finishes later so players less alert low severity Large number of inactive players Make sure fire safety regulations are low severity spectating well understood by committee.
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