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.

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...

Injury / Incident Reporting Form

This form collects contact and demographic information as well as accident, injury or incident details.

Injury Among Young Canadians: A national study of contextual determinants - Report

This report raises awareness of adolescent injury issues and supports evidence-based and necessary actions to prevent injuries in this...

Keeping Aquatic Settings Safe: Legalities and Realities

Co-Presenters: Michael Shane, Lifesaving Society, and Gary Sanger, City of Toronto  Most public aquatic settings in Ontario are...

Lifesaving Society Position Statements

Includes statements for Single Lifeguard Standard, Use of Defibrillators by Lifeguards, Sun Protection in the Aquatic Environment...

Lightning Safety for Organized Outdoor Athletic Events

Education is the single most important means to achieve lightning safety. A lightning safety program should be implemented at every...

Live safe! Work smart! Health and safety resources for Ontario teachers. All grades

Health and safety resources for Ontario teachers. Available to order.

LiveSAFE in Winnipeg: An Interconnected Crime Prevention Strategy Report / Policy Statement

In 2005, Manitoba had the second highest rate for youth crime (9,578 incidents per 100,000 population) and it is within this context that...

Major Incident Kit

This is a sample of the information and resources which are included in an emergency kit created by the Dovercourt Recreation Centre,...

Making Head Way Concussion eLearning Series

By taking these NCCP Professional Development modules, you will not only become concussion smart, but your completion of one of these...

Montreal Declaration: People's Right to Safety

At the 6th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Control held in Montreal in May 2002, this declaration was adopted by delegates.

Moving Forward with Belaying and the Belay Age

This article summarizes research into the appropriate age for users of the Bracebridge Sportsplex Climbing wall, as well as operational...

Multi-use Path Safety Design Guidelines at Roadway Crossings

The purpose of this report is to establish Safety Guidelines for multi-use path crossings of urban and rural roadways and a multi-year...

Nova Scotia Non-Legislated Sport and Recreation Helmet Policy Paper

This paper identifies activities where helmets may be effective in preventing or reducing the severity of brain injuries and is intended as...

Occupational Health and Safety Policies and Procedures: Statement, and Health & Safety Training

The Statement of health and safety principles and responsibilities indicates the committment of the board and management to the protection...

Offering Low-Cost Recreation Opportunities in Green Spaces

Co-Presenters: Laura Rolph and Donna Kosior, City of Hamilton  This presentation looks at how the City of Hamilton is expanding...

Ontario's Road Safety Resource

This site houses Ontario's Road Safety Education resource developed in partnership between the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO...

Ophea Asthma Resource Kits - for teachers, after school providers, coaches

Ophea and its partners has a number of free resources for teachers, child care and after school providers, school administrators and boards...

Ophea Teaching Tools - Lesson Plans, Supplements, and Activities

These Teaching Tools for teaching healthy active living include: Lesson Plans:  Health Education, Physical Education Curriculum...

Ophea’s Concussion Training Webinar (Online)

This free online webinar for teachers and school staff addresses the critical components of Prevention, Identification and Management for a...

Parachute Safe Kids Week 2016 Resources

This site includes numerous resources including a Community Toolkit (for purchase) containing all the resources and tools needed to...

Preventing Falls Through Physical Activity: A Guide for People Working with Older Adults

This guide is for people who are helping older adults to be active. It offers practical information on falls and physical activity as well...

Prevention of Injury: Guidance Document

This is one of a series of Guidance Documents meant to assist boards of health to identify local issues and implement standards...

Public Skating Policy

This policy provides guidelines to ensure safe and enjoyable public skating including: inspection of ice surface resurfacing emergency...

Risky Play: Are We Raising Resilient Children? / From an injury prevention perspective

Co-Presenters: Brandy Tanenbaum and Sarah Gallsworthy, Program Coordinators, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Each year, more Canadian...

Safe for Elders, Safe for All

A site from the Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council with exercise videos, falls prevention techniques, games, events and...

Safety for Off-Site Programs Policy

Policy to ensure the safety and security of clients and staff members in programs offered regularly in off-site locations.

Safety Guidelines - Girls Inc: Program Transportation Walking Group Guidelines / Incident-Accident Report / Site Health and Safety / Participant Safety

Various safety guidelines, procedures, policies from Girls Inc., which provides life-skills education and mentoring programs for girls...

Safety in After School Programming: Online Webinar

Online webinar, 16 minutes. This webinar walks the participant through important safety aspects to be considered when developing an after...

Safety Requires Teamwork and Safety for All

An information guide to Hockey Canada’s Risk Management and National Insurance Programs & A Guide to Understanding Bullying, Harassment...

Safety Tips for Backyard Trampolines

According to the Canada Safety Council, backyard trampolining can be an enjoyable and healthy activity for children as long as a few...

Safety Tips: Sledding

Tips for parents, kids, and teens.

Sanitary Policies and Procedures

Policy for all staff to work together to ensure that a high standard of cleanliness is maintained at the school.  Children will be...

Scanning: Factors Affecting Aquatic Staff

This session reviews the physiology behind how the eye works for a life guard, the concepts of “inattentive blindness”, and the factors...

Share The Road Signage Pilot Project Evaluation Report

The Share The Road Signage Pilot Project Evaluation Report provides details of a recent initiative undertaken by the Middlesex-London...

Skateboarding and Youth

Presentations from the Fireside Chat pan-Canadian discussion. These presentations look at recent trends, safety and risk management, the...

Ski and Snowboard Safety

Safety tips as well as the Alpine Responsibility Code.

Smart Ride, Safe Ride (ATV)

This booklet is a guide and outlines the legal requirements for ATVs/ORVs in Ontario and promotes safe and responsible riding practices.

Snowmobile Risk Management / Snowmobiling Safety Tips

Defines Risk Management and outlines the "Assumptions of SANS Trail Use" that snowmobilers are expected to understand and follow. The...

Sport Concussion Library / Assessment Tool 3 (SCAT3): Parents, Educators, Coaches, Officials, Athletes, Children, Youth, Health Care

This information has been gathered from external sources to provide information to Ontarians about concussions. This includes information...

Sprocket Man (Bicycle Safety)

Provides information on bicycle safety in a comic book format.

SunSense Program resources

The Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division), Evergreen and Ophea have collaborated to provide easy to...

Supporting Safe and Inclusive Lives: Persons with Developmental Disabilities Safety Standards Consultation 2016

This report follows consultations that focused on exploring ideas for safety that would: Support the inclusion of individuals with...

The MEC Climbing Wall at Dovercourt - Operations and Safety Policy and Procedure Manual

This document contains the relevant policies and procedures for the safe operation of the climbing wall structure to be located at the...

The Play Spaces Project Reports

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) "Active and Safe: Injury Prevention Initiative Tier 2 (C) Playgrounds and Neighbourhood Play...

Trampoline Safety Alert

Safety Alert: Discusses injuries and deaths involving trampolines. Provides recommendations that can help prevent serious trampoline...

Water Smart Tips - includes boating, ice, fishing

Tips provided through the Lifesaving Society's Water Smart Program, which looks at efforts to reduce the incidence of drownings and...

Weather Safety resources

Weather watcher handbook, fact sheets, lightning injury study, video, printable wallet-size cards and more. Explanation of the lightning...

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