Whether you are looking to improve your Athletic Facilities or invest in a new installation, you can use our health and safety checklist for running, landing and throwing areas so your students can enjoy their outdoor PE lessons and athletic competitions safely.
- Work areas for all running activities should be checked to see that they are level, free of potholes and litter, and non-slip, with sufficient space between participants to avoid collisions.
- Running areas should include sufficient space to allow for “run-off” at the end of a practice or race, which means that wall and netting should not present obstacles. If necessary, the teacher should adjust the working space to ensure sufficient run-off distance is available.
- Risk assessments should consider whether running activities should be adapted, limited or abandoned if the grass surface of a work area is wet.
- Landing areas need to be sufficiently large to accommodate all abilities of the performer.
- Sand areas in high jump are only suitable for horizontal and low-level jumping for height, involving feet-to-feet landing. In these cases, wooden or concrete surrounds should not present a danger. Where a sand area is not available, schools should consider a standing jump technique.
- In the long jump, multiple take-off boards (i.e. set at different distances from the sand) are helpful to ensure that jumpers of different abilities can land safely in the sand area.
- Sand levels should reach the top of the long-jump pit and be level with the runway. They need to be regularly checked for fouling and dangerous objects.
- Non-caking sharp sand should be used and should be at least 30cm deep to prevent jarring on landing. A sand landing area should be regularly dug and raked during practical sessions to avoid compacted sections.
- Digging and raking implements should be stored at least three meters from the landing pit
- Most schools will not have access to safety nets and cages that meet UK Athletics standards. These facilities are needed when any student is deploying a turn/rotational technique. Anything beyond a side-on standing technique should not be practised without safety nets and cages. This applies to both discus and hammer activities and extracurricular competition.