The following trampoline safety points are provided as a general guide of Do’s and Dont’s to consider when using a trampoline safely.Please read the disclaimer notice
- Never allow trampoline use without a properly qualified coach being present. Trained ‘spotters’ should be present and both the coach and the spotters should regularly review their own training to ensure they are kept up to speed with the latest developments in trampoline safety issues.
- Trampolines should be fitted with end decks/spotting decks and crash mats securely fitted and regularly serviced and maintained. Ensure the trampoline is set up on a completely level surface. Consider netting. Double check that the trampoline and safety devices meet current British Standards.
- Protect the trampoline from unsupervised use, check access procedures and keep doors locked when necessary.
- Look at the area around the trampoline, ensure there are no obstacles or objects in the way, such as other gym or playground equipment, litter, light fittings, wires, poles, etc. Keep the area around the trampoline clear except for the provision of safety mats. Make sure emergency personnel (such as ambulance personnel) have clear access to the trampoline site.
- Prepare an individual Health and Safety Manual for the trampoline and review procedures regularly. An Accident Book must be kept up to date and in line with Health and Safety Executive requirements. Appoint a Safety Manager to oversee all safety procedures. Have set emergency procedures in place. Carry out regular risk assessments. A minimum of one suitably qualified first-aider should be present at all times.
- Appoint a suitable person to carry out daily checks and arrange planned inspections and maintenance (Sportsafe UK can offer advice on the frequency and documentation of inspections). British Safety Standard 1892 Part 1`states ‘It is important that all physical education apparatus is maintained in a first class safe condition.’ If there is any damage to the equipment it must not be used at all and such damage should be reported to the Safety Manager for further action.
- Ensure notices indicating safety procedures and rules are displayed in prominent places and ensure these meet legal requirements.
- No food or drink should be consumed in the trampoline area.
- ROSPA recommend a minimum age of 6 years old for children using trampolines. Only allow young children to bounce at a low level.
- Never allow anyone to go underneath a trampoline as a trampoline can depress considerably when an individual is bouncing. Also have a ‘clearance area’ around the trampoline that other children are not allowed to come into.
- Only ever allow one person to use the trampoline at a time.
- Children must not be allowed to jump off the trampoline. Strict entry and exit procedures should be enforced.
- Coaches should ensure children are carefully monitored and do not try any moves for which they are not ready and able. Ensure users do not jump too high.
- Minimise distractions around the trampoline to ensure trampoline users have full concentration. Smoking should not be allowed in the trampoline area, as this can be extremely off-putting to trampoline users. Keep noise levels down to the bare minimum.
- Limit the time allowed on the trampoline – tiredness increases the risk of accidents.
- No jewellery (including ear studs) should be worn and clothing should be suitable (i.e. no metal/sharp objects or loose clothing). Socks must be the non-slip variety. Never allow trampoline users to go barefoot. Check trampolining shoes to ensure they offer good grip and protection.
- Never allow users access to the trampoline when feeling ill or tired. Check whether the user is using medication via a health questionnaire and take advice from the Safety Manager if necessary. If in doubt do not allow use of the trampoline.
Accidents will happen, but with adequate supervision and attention to safety issues the risks can be substantially minimised.
If you have any concerns regarding whether your trampoline and associated areas meet up-to-date safety requirements contact us
Extract from Article by Ruth Orvis written for Sportsafe UK
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