In life we always plan for our goals and while doing that we even anticipate what could happen.This step is called risk management. As simple as it sounds, it often helps businesses offset any issues or troubles. Isn’t it good to plan beforehand to prevent things? Let’s decode it in line with the Gym business.
Gym is undeniably one of most accident prone places and so it becomes all the more vital to follow a simple checklist that will help assess the risk and manage it accordingly. Here are three easy steps that could help in conducting the risk assessment on a regular interval and promote necessary solutions
1. Identify the potential risks
2. Evaluate the severity of the potential risks
3. Develop strategies to mitigate the potential risks.
Let’s start with identifying the potential risk in a Gym environment:
The first and foremost risk is in installing non-branded gym equipment’s. Quality above quantity should be the rule of thumb in any gym. Since the equipment’s are on the run for a longer time, using proper and certified devices reduces chances of accident.
- Check if the treadmills and other exercising equipment’s are properly connected and faced. Often times though the incident happens on the equipment the client is working on, however the accident/injury happens when they fall onto or stumble on the device next to it. So proper spacing in between the devices is to be kept in mind.
- Maintenance of the gym equipment’s is as important as investing in a branded one. It’s a known fact that in order for a machine to perform to its optimum potential it needs to be accessed at regular intervals. Every machine comes with certain do’s and don’ts list which has to kept in mind in order to prevent it from breaking down.
- Cleanliness around the Gym area and the restroom is a necessity. Since almost all the clients carry water bottles with them while working out, it is important that the staff keeps an eye on things that could lead to accidents like slippery places, leakages, soaps and liquids (shampoos) in and around the gym area and the rest rooms. Remember when water comes in picture, chances of accidents are high.
- Last but never the least, employing certified trainers. Most of the new clients, especially the younger lot and those that enroll in the weight loss programs, come with loads and tons of enthusiasm. The mindset is to lose all the extra pounds in a couple of weeks or a month or two. As a result of which they end up over exercising and hurting themselves. However if they are under the guidance of a certified trainer who understands the importance of proper regular exercising and a balanced diet, he/she could help such novice to understand and prepare a plan for them to follow regularly.
Evaluate the severity of the potential risks:
As we have identified the potential risk, the next step in the process is to evaluate the severity of the risk. Now is when the “What if’s” comes into picture, like what if the gym equipment’s aren’t branded and certified, what if they aren’t maintained properly, what if the client is injured because of trainer/their own carelessness, what if it gets into legal hassles, what if the client asks for a compensation and the list may go on.
The one solution for all these questions is to develop strategies to mitigate the potential risks
- Keep the environment safe and secure
- Conduct mock practices, make the staff go through mock practices of most common injuries so that they can work fast.
- Having said that, ensure that the staff is not just aware but is well trained in giving first aid in case of any minor or major accidents. The best way of learning is by practice and for that you need to have someone who is already well versed with the first aid procedures and can act as coordinator to the staff.
- A separate place or basically a room to be used for medical purposes which has first aid kit to help the injured.
- Contacting immediate medical support
- Prepare a checklist of the tasks to be performed every day/week and allot this task to a trained person. Let the checklist be accessible to the gym authorities so that the level of accountability is maintained.
- Most importantly documenting each and every incident so that they can keep a record of frequent incidents and mitigate the occurrences.
Prevention is better than cure, works best in this aspect.
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