Safety and risk management

Safety and Risk Management

When participating in any sporting activity one must be aware of the associated risks and BMX is no different. While BMX may present certain risks, they should be eliminated or minimised as much as possible to create a safe and enjoyable environment for all.

As Officials, we need to take positive action to eliminate or reduce the likelihood of accidents by identifying, evaluating and responding to risks before accidents occur. This process is called Safety and Risk Management. Effective risk management practices include the identification, assessment and reduction of risk and the implementation of risk management plans.

Risk identification: A check through the records of the club will generally indicate previous areas where risk can be attributed. Of course, previous experiences may have been unusual occurrences, but generally they will provide a reasonable guide to some of the potential areas of risk for the club.

Drawing on known experiences of other BMX clubs will provide additional information. Participants and experienced Officials should be consulted with a view of assembling a detailed picture of risk areas.

Risk assessment: Risk assessment follows risk identification. Risks must be assembled and dealt with in priority order. Officials may choose to analyse and classify risks as:

  • High risk (frequent accidents with severe consequences – the strategy should be to avoid such risks) • Moderate risk (infrequent accidents with major loss – the strategy may be to take out insurance)
  • Moderate risk (frequent accidents with minor loss – the strategy may be to manage the risk)
  • Low risk (infrequent accidents with minor injury – the strategy may be to accept the risk)

Risk reduction: Once risks have been identified and assessed it is good practice to implement an appropriate risk reduction campaign. Risk reduction may lower the frequency and severity of accidents and injuries and may even help maintain or reduce insurance premiums payable.

Risk management plan evaluation: Once implemented the plan should be continually reviewed and evaluated. This will require monitoring records and accident reports. Communication of the risk management plan to all involved in the running of the club is recommended. Currently qualified and accredited medical attendant/s must be present at all times during a BMX event.

CLICK HERE for BMXA’s Risk Management Resource for States and Clubs