Top safety tips for leisure centres/gyms

Many people enjoy a visit to their local leisure centre and gym. Whether it’s a dip in the pool, a spin class or a workout session in the gym, this is a place for people to relax and unwind.

And that’s exactly why it is so critical to follow health and safety guidelines – to make sure that everyone who visits your facilities stays safe and happy. Follow these tips to create a secure environment that everyone can enjoy and feel secure in, from your customers to your staff.

Conduct a risk assessment

Every activity that can be undertaken in your leisure centre facility must be risk assessed. Knowing what risks are in your leisure centre and how to handle them puts you in the best position to monitor the safety of everyone.

To conduct a successful risk assessment you will need to follow a series of steps, which include:

  • Identifying the hazards
  • Knowing who is at risk of being harmed and how
  • Evaluating the risks
  • Taking action to prevent these risks from happening
  • Recording your findings

Your risk assessment should be updated regularly to ensure the ultimate safety of all the people and facilities in your leisure centre or gym. A rule of thumb to follow is to review every risk assessment annually or when the environment changes – for example, when you install new lighting.

Use swimming pool matting

Swimming pool areas can very quickly become wet and slippery, especially when many people want to use this facility at once or during a swimming class. It is your responsibility as the manager of the facility to prioritise everyone’s safety and one very effective way of doing so is by installing swimming pool matting.

Effective pool mats are designed to drain water through, so that the top surface remains dry. This provides a dry, non-slippy walking area for people to use safely. There are many different types of swimming pool matting including rolls, tiles and standard-sized mats that fit around the perimeter of the pool. You can choose from a wide variety of colours and patterns to suit the décor of your space.

Another benefit of pool matting is that it has antifungal and antibacterial properties that help you keep your floors sanitary and discourage the spread of infection.

Keep floors safe

In a leisure centre, there can be many places where someone could slip and fall. From slippery floors in the gym to spills in the café area to wet floors near the pool, you need to keep floors clean at all times.

It is the leisure centre manager’s job to assess the risks arising from slips and trips and take sensible precautions to reduce these as much as possible. Examples of some of these precautions include regularly checking flooring for damage and repairing it straight away, removing any unexpected trip hazards from the floor, and ensuring all floors are cleaned regularly and kept free of water and grease.

Keep a first aid kit handy

No matter how many safety precautions you take you need to anticipate the likelihood of injuries, especially in an active environment. Keeping a first aid kit close by can help you to deal with any staff or customer injuries quickly.

Make sure that the first aid kit is fully stocked with all the essentials your facility may need including plasters, bandages, antiseptics and scissors. Don’t forget to check kits regularly and remove and replace any supplies before they expire. You can mark the shared calendar which reminds the appointed first aider in your business to update the supplies in your kit every six months or so.

Author Bio: First Mats started life as safety matting specialists, but have since expanded to become a complete industrial and commercial supplies company. The focus of First Mats is to provide safety-focused products that improve the wellbeing of staff through quality approved products, backed up by extensive knowledge. www.firstmats.co.uk

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