Safe Facilities

In addition to having ice, first aid kits, and a stretcher at your venue, it is the club's responsibility to ensure that the facility is safe and clean. 

Here are some things to think about:

  • There is a telephone available in the case of an emergency
  • Access for emergency vehicles is well marked and kept clear
  • Pre match surface checks are carried out as part of game preparation. This should be undertaken when playing away also. Contact your state body to see if they have a standard safety check form
  • Any hazards are removed or rectified e.g. pop up spinklers, debris
  • You have a brush and shovel to sweep up any glass etc and a syringe disposal kit (portable kits can generally be otained from your council)
  • Safety equipment e.g. goal padding is securely fixed
  • Spectators have a clear line to identify where they can stand to avoid collision with players
  • Facilities more broadly are inspected regularly and there is a system in place for reporting hazards and repair needs
  • There is adequate lighting both within and around the facility including carparks to make it safe at night
  • There are emergency exit lights and they work
  • Fire extinguishers are easy to access and are routinely maintained/serviced
  • Take a look at this Medical Emergency Planning guide
  • The first aid, shower, toilet and food preparation areas are thoroughly cleaned after each use. If not, the club should consider developing a volunteer roster or employing a cleaner
  • There is a lockable space for any toxic supplies and cleaning fluids
  • There is a supply of gloves for cleaning and sealable bags for disposing bloodied or soiled materials
  • There are visible checklists for cleaning to ensure it is done thoroughly and safely e.g. reminder to lock away any cleaning products after use
  • There are signs in the amenities reminding users to wash and dry their hands thoroughly
  • Players are requested to bring their own drink bottle or if team bottles are supplied they are cleaned, sanitized and dried throughly
  • First Aid personnel should have a Blood Kit available containing e.g. paper towel, disposable latex gloves, packet of resealable plastic bags, a spray bottle (containing a recommended antispetic fluid), and plastic bags for clothing.