The Compound Club

Risk Assessment

Prepared for

Slaughter and May

Date prepared

January 2021

Prepared by

The Compound Club

Participants

Up to 30 persons

Class Type

Online Exercise

Frequency

Various

This risk assessment covers possible hazards that could arise during a Compound Club exercise class.

Instructor requirements 

  • The Compound Club Ltd will ensure instructors are Level 3 qualified in group exercise and have public liability insurance for £10m.
  • Instructors must have immediate access to a phone or have a mobile with sufficient service in case of emergency.
  • Instructors must be able to see up to 30 participants clearly on their screen.
  • Instructors must have the telephone number of the Slaughter and May health and safety marshal.
  • Instructors will ensure classes start on time and include the safety information before each class (please see class safety slide show).
  • A thorough programme of warm-up exercises must take place at the beginning of each session with an appropriate cool-down session at the end.
  • Instructors will abide by The Compound Club’s Code of Ethics at all times.
  • Instructors will ensure verbal instruction is given in a clear and concise manner and offer participants an opportunity to feedback.
  • Instructors will provide the appropriate motivation when necessary.

 Participant requirements*

  • Class participants must read and sign the welcome and safety information form which can be found on The Compound Club website. Once signed and submitted, participants will automatically have access to and be directed to download The Compound Club App.
  • Participants must behave in an appropriate manner at all times whilst taking part in the group session. Failure to do so will result in them being removed from the session without warning.
  • Any participant who experiences an injury or is diagnosed with a medical condition AFTER the initial health questionnaire has been completed must advise The Compound Club Ltd at Jamie@thecompoundclub.co.uk before taking part in further sessions. Failure to do so can increase the risk of injury and in rare circumstances, death.

*The information above is included in the welcome and safety information on The Compound Club website.

Incident reporting process

  • If a participant sustains an injury, the instructor witnesses an incident, or the Slaughter and May health and safety marshal witnesses an incident, an incident report should be made via the online form on The Compound Club website here.
  • Participants can record an incident themselves or for a colleague and receive a copy via email by using this form, a link to which will be made available on The Compound Club App.
  • A record of the injury will be filed using the online incident form after the class by the instructor.
  • The instructor will request the Slaughter and May to contact the participant to complete the form where both parties will be able to email a copy to themselves. A version will automatically be sent to The Compound Club.
  • If a form has not been received by the participant or SandM within 24 hours The Compound Club will request this process is carried out along with a suitable reason for why a form was not completed after the event.

Incident process

If an instructor witnesses an incident, it will be their responsibility to contact the participant and assess the situation to:

      • Stop the class immediately and call the emergency services.
      • Temporarily stop the class, contact the participant via the class chat to check on their wellbeing, and to request Slaughter and May to make contact with the participant.
      • Contact the participant via chat to assess their wellbeing.*

*It is at the instructor’s discretion if they record the incident in this instance.

Hazard Control Measures In Place Risk Factor Further Control Measures
Physical Injuries
Injuries to fingers, hands and wrists. All participants will take part in the warm up at the beginning of each session. Participants who arrive late and miss the warm up may refer to the 5 minute warm up video contained in each schedule entry.

Participants may suffer from RSI in the wrists and finger extensors which on occasion can be painful when performing press up movements.

The instructor will provide alternative hand positions during the session when these movements arise and will also highlight that participants have access to instructional videos on hand and wrist position.

The instructor will ensure participants position camera appropriately so that they are not out of view when performing floor exercises.

Participants will be requested to watch the ‘camera set up’ which can be found in the coaching section of the App.

Low The instructor should check there are no prior injuries before each session. The instructor may stop a participant, via a private message in the zoom chat box if they observe any distress.
Injuries to and /or because of fingernails. Participants must ensure that fingernails are at an appropriate length for exercising to minimise injury to the fingernail or hand if making a fist, for example. This is more applicable to those partaking in boxing classes.

The instructor will bring this to the attention of participants in related classes and/or movements.

Low Any cuts sustained because of fingernails piercing the should be immediately cleaned and dressed.

Information on how to do this can be found in the ‘NHS first aid’ section on the App which provides links to NHS advise on the most common injuries.

Injuries to Toes and ankles Injuries to toes and ankles can occur due to lateral movements, jumping contact with obstructions and slippery surfaces.

The instructor will ensure an appropriate warm-up takes place to minimise the risk of muscular injury, that exercises are within the ability of the participating group and remind participants to use their towels to soak up any sweat to avoid making the floor slippery.

The instructor will also request all participants to wear appropriate footwear for the sessions and to exercise on suitable flooring as per the safety information on the App and pre-class video.

Low The instructor will contact a participant if they observe them in distress via the class chat. If an injury causes the participant to withdraw from the class they will be directed to the NHS first aid advice and seek medical help from either 112 or in emergencies, 999.

 

Injuries to knees and hips. Injuries to knees and hips occur mainly from pre existing conditions, poor posture, incorrect movement patterns whilst executing an exercise and/or over stretching.

The instructor will ensure an appropriate warmup has taken place and constantly remind participants, with verbal cues and visual demonstrations, of what they should be and shouldn’t be feeling while executing a specific movement.

The Compound Club will advise, during the App sign up process, that all participants watch technique videos for the main movements before taking part in a class.

Medium The instructor will contact a participant if they observe a participant in distress via the class chat. If an injury causes the participant to withdraw from the class they will be directed to the NHS first aid advice and seek medical help from either 112 or in emergencies, 999

 

Injuries to elbows and shoulders. Injuries to elbows and shoulders occur mainly from pre existing conditions, incorrect movement patterns, trips or falls and/or over stretching.

The instructor will ensure an appropriate warmup has taken place and constantly remind participants, with verbal cues and visual demonstrations, of what they should be and shouldn’t be feeling while executing a specific movement.

The Compound Club will advise, during the app sign up process, that all participants watch technique videos for the main movements before taking part in a class.

The instructor will ensure participants position their camera appropriately so that they are not out of view when performing floor exercises such as press-ups where potential elbow and shoulder injuries can occur.

Low The instructor will contact a participant if they observe a participant in distress via the class chat. If the injury causes the participant to withdraw from the class they will be directed to the NHS first aid advice and seek medical help from either 112 or in emergencies, 999

 

Injuries to the back and neck. Injuries to the back and neck are rare but can be the result of a slip or fall.

The instructor will reiterate messages about workout space safety as per the pre class safety slides.

The instructor will also remind participants to be aware of the workout surface becoming wet and slippery because of sweating.

The instructor will ensure participants position camera appropriately so that they are not out of view when performing floor exercises.

Participants will be requested to watch the ‘camera set up’ which can be found in the coaching section of the app.

Low Should the instructor see a participant on the floor, in distress or witness a fall the class will be temporarily stopped until the participant has been contacted and passed either to the Slaughter and May marshal, provided with appropriate first aid guidance or contact the emergency services if the participant can’t be contacted.
Muscle fatigue, cramp,
stiff joints, pulled muscles, ligaments and tendons.
All participants will take part in the warm-up at the beginning of each session. Participants who arrive late and miss the warm-up are requested to complete the 5 minute warm-up video.

A link to this is contained in each schedule entry.

Medium The instructor will contact a participant if they observe a participant in distress via the class chat. If the injury causes the participant to withdraw from the class they will be directed to the NHS first aid advice page in the App and/or seek medical help from either 112 or in emergencies, 999.
Superficial injuries; cuts, bruises and nose bleeds. These are occasional but possible and can be the result of wearing jewellery, slipping or falling.

The instructor will make sure the safety video slide show is played before each class and give verbal reminders about slippery surfaces throughout the class.

Bruises can occur after a class due to contact with an object or the floor such as a knee or elbow hitting the ground. This can also be the result of an underlying medical condition. In both cases the participant is urged to seek medical advice if they deem it necessary.

Low If the instructor witnesses a participant sustain a cut or a nose bleed contact will be made via the class chat.

In both cases the instructor will recommend that the participant withdraws from the session to attend their wound or nose bleed.

If the participant is in distress or thinks that the severity of either requires further assistance, the instructor may stop the class.

In minor cases the participant will be directed to the NHS first aid advice page for cuts.

Dizziness, hyperventilation, nausea and exhaustion. Dizziness, hyperventilation and general exhaustion can occur during strenuous exercise to varying degrees. This is typically experienced by participants who have not exercised for some time, are dehydrated, do not have a sufficient flow of air, are on medication but most commonly by or not breathing properly or overexertion.

The instructor will ensure the exercises in the class are of the appropriate intensity for the participants and that the safety slides have been played on the pre-class video. Breathing technique is an important part of exercise and participants will be constantly reminded how and when to breathe.

Medium

 

The instructor will contact a participant if they observe them in distress via the class chat. If the injury causes the participant to withdraw from the class they will be directed to the NHS first aid advice and seek medical help from either 112 or in emergencies, 999

 

Dislocation and fractures resulting from falls. These injuries are rare but possible should floors become slippery or a participant falls.

To limit possibility, the instructor will ensure workout space safety messages are repeated as per the pre class safety slides.

The instructor will also remind participants to be aware of the workout surface becoming wet and slippery because of sweating.

The instructor will ensure participants position camera appropriately so that they are not out of view when performing floor exercises.

Low The instructor will contact a participant if they observe them in distress via the class chat.

If the instructor deems the injury serious, they will stop the class and call for medical attention and contact the Slaughter and May marshal to contact their next of kin.

Dehydration Large quantities of fluid can be lost during training especially in hot weather. Participants will be encouraged to have water with them in the session in the pre-class safety video.

There will also be information on The Compound Club app in the coaching ‘please read before participation guide.’ The instructor will also remind participants to -re-hydrate after the session.

Medium The instructor will contact a participant if they observe them in distress via the class chat.

If dehydration appears to be the cause and the instructor is confident this is the probable cause of the distress, the instructor will refer the participant to the hydration page on The Compound Club website.

Hazard Control Measures In Place Risk Factor Further Control Measures
General Injury
Injury resulting from inappropriate clothing or jewellery. The instructor will play the safety video at the beginning of each class and remind participants of the aspects verbally before the warm up commences. Low
Injury resulting from tripping over wires from electrical equipment such as mobile phones and laptop charging cables. The instructor will play the safety video at the beginning of each class and remind participants of the aspects verbally before the warm up commences. Low
Injury resulting from making contact with furniture such as tables, coffee tables, ottomans, sideboards, desks etc. The instructor will play the safety video at the beginning of each class and remind participants of the aspects verbally before the warm up commences. Low
Injury resulting from external distractions such as parcel deliveries, children and pets. The instructor will play the safety video at the beginning of each class and remind participants of the aspects verbally before the warm up commences. Low