Safety and Injury Prevention

This is a collection of resources on safety and injury prevention in recreation and sport, intended for use by professionals and volunteers. 

The list is quite long, so if you don't want to browse, go to the Recreation Database search page, where you can search by keyword, topic or population.

2016 Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines: Curricular, Interschool and Intramural - includes free app

The Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines, managed by Ophea, are updated annually and represent the minimum standards for risk...

A Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools

A Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools brings together a number of policies from the City of Toronto that residents can use to request...

Active and Safe After School Initiative - Safety Check / Online downloadable resources

The Active and Safe After School Initiative includes various resources: After School Safety Check - resources and tools that help reduce...

After School Safety Check: Free Online Resources

PHE Canada, alongside Ophea, Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a...

Aquatic Safety Standards: Facility, Public, Wading, Semipublic, Private

Aquatic standards for the following: Public Aquatic Facility Safety Standards 2012 (pdf) Waterfront Safety Standards (pdf)...

Asthma Reference Kit / Anaphylaxis Reference Kit / Anaphylaxis in Schools & Other Settings” Manual / The Complete Kid's Allergy and Asthma Guide

Available to buy from the Allergy Asthma Information Association. The Asthma Reference Kit is for those who work with children and youth to...

B.C. Swimming Pool Regulation

The Ministry of Health has established generally accepted minimum standards of safe practices for the construction and operation of public...

Be Safe and Active: Risk Management in Programs for Ages 6 to 12 Years - Online Webinar

Webinar, 30 minutes. This webinar focuses on risk management awareness and prevention, early assessment of unsafe conditions,...

Bicycle Helmet Promotion in Children: What's the Evidence? Webinar recording and Slide Show

This webinar focuses on interpreting the evidence in the following review: Non-legislative interventions for the promotion of cycle helmet...

Bicycle Safety - Gov't of Ontario

Guidelines on bicycle safety and links to more resources.

Bicycle Safety - Tips for Parents, Guardians and Kids

Tips, rules, and safety information.

Bicycle Safety Teacher's Package (Ontario)

This lesson plan is designed to help Grade 4 students meet the following expectation outlined in the Health and Physical Education...

Boating fatalities in Ontario: 2000 Lifesaving Society report / 2014 Red Cross infographic

The 2000 Lifesaving Society resource is astatistical report on boating, safety and risk factors in Ontario. The 2014 Canadian Red Cross...

Boating Safety Resources for the NWT

This week the NWTRPA and NWTRPA Aquatics Committee announced the territory-wide launch of a collection of boating safety resources to...

Boating safety tips in 33 languages

In an effort to reach out to Canadians whose first language is not English, the Lifesaving Society and Ontario Power Generation (OPG)...

Brain Injury Guide for Youth: A Guide to Help You Understand the Effects of Brain Injury

This guide explains the types of brain injuries, including concussion, key things to remember during recovery, how to prevent concussions,...

By-law to Licence Horse Riding Establishments (Pickering)

This by-law regulates horse-riding and equestrian facilities and provides safety measures for users of their services.

Calgary Pathway Safety Review Report 2011

The City of Calgary Parks undertook a safety review of the existing pathway system at the direction of Calgary City Council.  The Key...

Canadian Atlas of Child and Youth Injury Prevention Interactive Website

The Canadian Atlas of Child and Youth Injury Prevention Interactive Website brings child and youth injury data together on one...

Canadian First Aid and CPR Standards / International First Aid & Resuscitation Guidelines

The National First Aid and CPR Standards were developed for Instructors, Instructor Trainers, Master Instructor Trainers, Training...

Canadian Injury Prevention Resource: An evidence-informed guide to injury prevention in Canada

The Canadian Injury Prevention Resource is the result of the vision and collaboration of the Canadian Collaborating Centres on Injury...

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Camping Equipment

Safety Alert: Discusses carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and explains how C0 can cause CO poisoning from camping equipment such as portable...

Child Safety Good Practice Guide

This guide is divided into four sections to help injury stakeholders promote good practice in planning and implementing strategies to...

Child, Family and Neighborhood Predictors of Injury in Children: A Cohort Analysis

Poster showing results of a project to identify child, family and neighborhood predictors of childhood injuries using data from the...

Concussion and Minor Sports: Niagara Region resources

In an effort to protect young athletes against concussions, Niagara Region Public Health provides free and ongoing support to minor sport...

Concussion Guidelines from Concussions Ontario

Adult and pediatric guidelines, patient, family, and healthcare provider resources, concussion data, return to activity guidelines, and...

Concussion Guidelines, Resources, and Tools from Parachute

Various resources: Consensus Statement (2013), programs, toolkits, Safe Kids Week Resources, online courses, healthcare resources, hockey...

Concussion Policy and Handouts

Concussion policy of Football New Brunswick and handouts (Eng and Fr) that include Signs and Symptoms, Management and Rehabilition,...

Concussion Protocol and Tools - Ontario Physical Education Guidelines

OPHEA has revised their Concussion Protocols as part of the Ontario Physical Education Guidelines. Although targeted at elementary and...

Concussion Resources from Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Learn more about various aspects of concussions, including information on: Prevention Identification Management and treatment...

Concussions 101, a Primer for Kids and Parents

A six-minute YouTube video from Dr. Mike Evans explaining causes, possible symptoms, and the six-step Return to Play protocol, and the...

Course Manual to Obtain the Pleasure Craft Operator Card

This handbook is a reference guide for the Boating Safety Course in order to obtain the Pleasure Craft Operator Card as set out by...

Developing a Concussion Policy: Information for Recreation and Sport Leaders and Organizations

Developing a Concussion Policy: Information for Recreation and Sport Leaders & Organizations was produced in collaboration with a...

Economic Burden of Injury in Canada - Reports

'The 2009 Economic Burden of Injury in Canada' updates and builds on the original 1998 report, outlining the enormous costs of both...

Engaging Seniors - Better Practices for Falls Prevention Guide

The chapters in this guide follow a series of evidence-based recommendations to better engage older people in activities to prevent falls...

Evaluation of the Active and Safe Injury Prevention Initiative 2011-2012 to 2012-2013

The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the relevance and performance of the Active and Safe Injury Prevention Initiative. The...

Facilitating Evidence-Informed Injury Prevention Strategies in Canada: Webinar recording and slide show

This webinar reviews and discusses how to search the Health Evidence registry of reviews for injury prevention evidence, including:...

Field Trips / Transporting Children and Youth

Outlines policy, protocol, parents' responsiblities, cancellation and rescheduling issues, students and volunteers involvement, procedures...

Fire Safety Plan

Provides a policy on preventative measures and procedures to follow in case of a fire or smoke alarm.

Food Handling: Infection Control

The purpose of this policy is to protect clients, employees, students, volunteers and visitors from foodborne illness and promote the safe...

Guide to Ontario Public Pools Regulation

The Guide outlines the "pool regs" in simple language using everyday terms understood by aquatic personnel. Chapters parallel the...

Guide to Safe Scouting

Includes sections on: Youth Protection & Adult Leadership Aquatics Safety Camping Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Use and Abuse Emergency...

Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality in Arenas / Indoor Air in Ice Facilities

For the past 30 years, the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc. (ORFA), has produced and circulated information on Indoor Air...

Healthy Aging through Fall Prevention among Older Aboriginal People: From Many Voices to a Shared Vision

This report was the result of a two-day symposium exploring the elements of an Aboriginal approach to Fall Prevention (FP), with key themes...

Helmet Safety resources from Parachute

Safety tips about the correct way to wear a helmet for biking, different types of helmets, sizing, proper fit, when to replace, research on...

Helmets Standards - Canadian Standards Association

Applies to helmets intended to help reduce head injuries for various sports, such as recreational alpine skiers and snowboarders, hockey,...

Hot Weather Guidelines - Manitoba Public Health Media Bulletin

Media bulletin sample (from July 2012) about a heat advisory warning, noting precautions to take to prevent heat-related illness, symptoms...

How To Get Your Child To Wear a Bicycle Helmet / Bicycle Helmets: What Every Parent Should Know

Provides information for parents and basic tips and ideas to help kids establish a safety habit early.

Ice: The Winter Killer

Features ice-related drowning statistics; ice facts and ice smart safety tips; signs and symptoms of cold shock response and hypothermia;...

Inclement Weather Field Closure Guidelines

These guidelines were established to ensure safe playing conditions and reduce damage to turf. They outline the criteria used by Sports...

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