Risk management involves minimising risks facing the Association, affiliated clubs and their members (collectively referred to as the Pony Club), whether appearing in the form of financial loss or physical injury or damage or abuse.
It includes a number of steps summarised as follows:
- Identifying risks which threaten the wellbeing of Pony Club;
- Assessing the importance of those risks and the consequences to Pony Club if they are ignored. The focus generally is on safety issues and minimising potential litigation;
- Designing a process to eliminate or minimise those risks;
- Documenting these steps in a Risk Assessment;
- Taking all possible steps to comply with that process; and
- Constantly reviewing the process so that it can be improved and grow to suit the needs of Pony Club;
Risk managment is an ongoing process to be continually reviewed and updated at all levels. Documentation of this process is an integral part of the process and should be kept on file for future reference at all levels. If you require help putting together a risk assesment contact the office for some examples that can be used as a starting point for all activities and events within Pony Club.
Below you can download all related forms and further information.
- Safe Work Australia - www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au
- WorkCover Australia - www.workcover.nsw.gov.au
- Code of Practice: Managing Risks when New or Inexperienced riders or handlers interact with horses in the workplace - see downloads section below
- Incident Notification Fact Sheet - see downloads section below
- Thermal Comfort Observations for NSW and the ACT for use in the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) test for events: http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDN65179.shtml
- COVID - 19 FAQ's NSW Health - Click here
- COVID-19 - Information
- Commonwealth COVID-19 Health Alerts
- COVID-19 and Sporting Events (Australian Institute of Sport)
- COVID-19 and Sporting Organisations - NSW Office of Sport
- COVID-19 - Businesses and Community - NSW Government
- Sport NSW COVID-19 Update 25th May
- Presentation on Resumption of Sport for Clubs - Pony Club NSW
- Canberra/ ACT COVID-19 Recovery Plan - ACT Government
Some other links that may support your club to resume activities include:
- COVID-19 Sport and Active Recreation Sector Resources Library - Office of Sport
- Get Your Club Back On Track After Covid-19 - Australian Sports Foundation
- Empower Your Sports Club Volunteers - Sports Community
- Play By The Rules During COVID-19 - Play By The Rules
- Sports NSW Timeout Talks - Sports NSW
- Return to Sport Toolkit - Sport Australia (not endorsed by NSW Government but may provide useful guidance as a planning base)
- Covid - 19 Resource Kit - Safework Australia
Covid - 19 Resumption of Sport: Phase 1
The Acting Minister for Sport Dr Geoff Lee has confirmed that sports may commence their phased resumption of sport activities from Friday 22nd May 2020.
Pony Club NSW has prepared documents to assist clubs in their return to sport which can be found below. These are the Coronavirus Self-Declaration Form that needs to be completed by everyone attending; Resumption of Sport Guidelines and Checklists and an example Risk Assessment for Clubs. There is also an infographic to help general members understand their responsibilities in the return to rally days, and example signage about social distancing and hand washing.
This may commence from Friday 22nd May however Clubs must contact their venue owners (Council, Trusts etc.) to confirm that the grounds are available for use and have completed their own risk assessment document for their venue.
Members must comply with the PCA NSW, NSW Health Guidelines and NSW Public Health Orders so that they do not compromise their position in the event of an insurance claim.
We do not want our sport/clubs to be the next COVID-19 cluster so if someone is not well they should stay at home or be sent home.
Sport Australia has developed a Return to Sport plan with some useful resources such as checklists, safety plans, and an attendance roster that can be found here.