ClubHealth & Safety

Health and Safety Policy including COVID 19 amendment


ll members and players at Mirfield Petanque Club should read this policy. It is guidance to all players of petanque, both at the Club's and away Clubs' pistes.

Mirfield Petanque Club Health and Safety Policy

A risk assessment, using the club's risk assessment forms, should be carried out by a member(s) of the club prior to the commencement of social meetings or events.

First Aid equipment is available in the store cupboard in the clubhouse kitchen, indicated by the First Aid sign.

Access by vehicles to the car park: Strictly 10 MPH.

Statement, beforeand during game play:

  1.  The piste area should be raked and checked before play for any foreign bodies such as glass, dog fowling, sticks etc. and these items are to be removed and deposited safely in the receptacles provided within the park.
  2.  During Play, all players should be aware of other games taking place and not cross into the boundaries of your neighbour?s piste. If you need to cross a piste then you must ensure that the players of the piste in question are aware of your intentions.
  3.  When shooting, all players should be aware of other players on the terrain and ensure that no player is within close proximity of the intended shotand they should be made aware of your intended shot.
  4.  When standing in the HEAD of the game, all players should be at least 2 metres away from the head and stand to the rear of the head. When in this position it is game play and politethat you STAND STILL AT ALL TIMES.
  5.  It is the responsibility of all players to ensure that any spectators or animals (dogs) do not encroach onto the pistes.
  6.  Each player should pick up his or her own boule only, unless otherwise agreed by a player because they cannot bend down for some reason.
  7.  No boule should be kicked on the piste at any time. Nor any bouling ring thrown.
  8.  Players should not stand on the wooden surrounds as these may become slippery in wet or frosty conditions. Good footwear is required at all times when playing. Fashion shoes are not suitable.
  9.  Boule carrying bags, personal bags and other personal items should not be placed on the wooden surround or the tarmac footpath, but placed near the bench seats. Spare boules should be placed in the boule holders provided. Otherwise these can be a trip hazards.
  10.  Players should wash their hands immediately after playing boules. Washing facilities are available in the clubhouse.

Although Petanque is considered to be one to the safest of sports, lack of consideration or lack of concentration can cause accidents.

All members have a responsibility for the Health & Safety of others as well as themselves. Please be aware and responsible at all times.

Remember - Heavy Metal Boule Can Be Dangerous.

Mirfield P?tanque Club ? Amendment / Addition To Risk Assessments due to COVID 19

Hazard ? General Information

COVID 19 is a virus that can be passed between human beings. It can be passed on either directly by contact or by inhaling or ingesting oral particulates. It can also be passed on by contact with infected surfaces.

Any person already suffering or who suspect that they may be suffering from COVID 19, or has a member of their family suffering from COVID 19 should not attend meetings.

Risk ? Symptoms

There are numerous symptoms including fever, cough and seriously impaired lung function, loss of smell or sense of taste. In some circumstances it can be fatal, particularly for people suffering other underlying health problems or being elderly. Obese, diabetes and heart or lung diseases are such underlying health problems.

Touching other people?s boules, coche etc. can also pass on the infection.

Controls in Place

No competitions or league matches are currently being held at our terrains. Our members are the only people at risk while playing p?tanque. Our terrain is open to other people within the park, so we must advise spectators to maintain a minimum of 2 metres from players.

Government guidelines require members or anyone in their household knowingly suffering from COVID 19 are obliged to self-isolate at home for at least 14 days.

Members who are suffering serious health problems are classified to be ?shielded? and must stay isolated at home.

Members over 70 are considered to be ?vulnerable? are advised to stay at home but have the option to attend.

The club pavilion is not open to members for gatherings. It is opened on the two play sessions for toilet use only. This is managed on a one in, one out basis.

Antibacterial spray and wipes will be provided and should be used to clean door handles, taps, toilet flushes etc. on each occasion.

Toilets are provided with soap and hot water. Towels should be provided by the individual player and not shared.

Supplies of hand sanitizing, alcohol-based gel hand wash and antibacterial spray are provided by the club.

Games must be played in teams of a maximum of 3 a side (6 per game). These groups must stay together for all of the 3 games in one session. They are allowed to change partners after each game, but no changing of groups. No more than 3 games being played on the terrains at the same time and an empty piste or 4m must be maintained between players in other games.

Players to maintain 2m social distancing at all times during play and when sitting on bench seats. They should not handshake during or after matches. Wearing of facemasks outdoors is optional.

MPC plastic circles and scoreboards must not be used.

MPC plastic chairs not to be used.

Players must only touch their own boules and coche.

Players advised to wash their hands for 20 seconds before leaving home and sanitized several times during play and when they get home.

Players advised to clean their boules after the session.

Players advised to use their own disposable paper tissues to catch sneezes and coughs.

The use of toilets is for emergency use. Please try to avoid using them. Toilet handles etc must be cleaned after use by the person using it.

Tea / coffee or other drinks and biscuits will not be provided. Members must bring their own food and drink to consume outside.

Recording of players attending.

It will be the responsibility of a committee member or other member attending the morning or afternoon session to write down a list of names of members playing in each Group of 6. Recording the date and time.

This record must be retained for three weeks after the date played, so that any report of COVID related illnesses can be related to that group of 6 and also to the other members playing at that time and date. The members of the group are advised to have a COVID test to check if they have contracted the disease whether they have symptoms or not.

Issued Monday 27th July 2020 and to remain in force until Government advise changes.

Hazard Severity ? Major

Likelihood of Occurrence ? Medium (e.g. Frequently)

Risk Rating ? High Priority Action

To be reviewed April 2021

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