Developing a Risk Management Plan for Your Fitness Facility

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Are you the owner or manager of a fitness facility? You know that the most important thing is your members’ safety. With the various equipment, heavy weights, and members who are working hard in their training, the potential is always there for an accident. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the facility to make sure members are as safe as possible. This starts with developing a risk management plan that takes a preventative approach to mitigating any potential risks in your facility.


A risk management plan can ensure that your members are safe and your facility is absolved from litigation if an event were to occur. Although, it’s impossible to prevent every risk, a good risk management plan can prove that you have taken all reasonable steps necessary to ensure members’ safety. Here are several things to keep in mind when developing your risk management plan.


Be Honest about Your Facilities: In order to create a risk management plan that will work, you will need to properly asses your facilities. Are your facilities in need of an upgrade? Should you get rid of some older equipment that may no longer be functional and instead could potentially cause a hazard? Do you need to add additional staffing for monitoring and supervision? It is essential to get all equipment tested to make sure each piece bests serves your members and won’t potentially cause an injury.


Remember that Injuries Do Occur in the Locker Room as Well: Our team at The HenkelHook? recommends that fitness facilities install the HenkelHook? in all of their locker rooms and bathroom stalls to ensure the safety and hygiene of members and employees. The HenkelHook? is more than just your average safety coat hook. It collapses when too much weight is placed on it, ensuring that a little rough-housing or bullying in the locker room doesn’t go too far. If you can, try to provide as much supervision in the locker rooms to ensure accidents or cases of assault don’t happen.


Provide Instruction on Proper Training Techniques: Remember that the gym has members of various fitness levels. Even if you do have staff members there to answer questions and provide help, posted written instructions can be an additional asset to consider in order to keep members educated on how to properly use the equipment or free weights. Educated members are less likely to do something that could be dangerous. And it goes without saying that all employees should be trained on all safety procedures and lifting techniques as well.