Risk Management

This is a collection of resources on risk management in recreation and sport, intended for use by professionals and volunteers. You will find risk management plans, waiver and consent forms, emergency policies and procedures, privacy and freedom of information resources, and much more.

Note: Liability resources and policies, such as waiver and consent forms (see note below), while included in this risk management collection, are gathered into a sub-section here.

The lists are 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.

Resources for coaches and leaders are also available on the Ministry of Health Promotion web site: http://www.mhp.gov.on.ca/en/active-living/coaching/resources.asp

Legal Issues: Municipal Recreation Bulletin #18

Discusses legal issues, specifically legal liability, in the municipal recreation environment.

Legal Liability and Risk Management: A Handbook for Directors

This handbook provides directors of non-profit organizations with information about their legal responsibilities and practical suggestions...

Legal Liability and Risk Management: The Online Course

This online course provides an understanding of negligence liability in the sport, leisure and recreation setting, and a firm grounding in...

Legally Speaking

This article examines the policies at work, the arguments used by lawyers, the views of the judges and the language of some suggested forms...

Les Obligations Reliées aux terrains de jeu

Les terrains de base-bail et de soccer, les patinoires intérieures et extérieures, et tous les autres terrains de jeu procurent énormément...

Les Racines: Du comportement à risque

Pour les besoins du présent article, nous dirons qu'une personne à risque est une personne dont le comportement peut mener à des torts...

Liability of Sport & Recreation Organisations in New Zealand

This document outlines the common legal obligations and liabilities of sports clubs and recreation organisations in New Zealand, and...

Life Threatening Allergy Policy

The intent of this policy is to provide Parks and Recreation staff and Municipal child care staff with direction to manage and minimize the...

Lifesaving Society Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Implementation Guide

This guide answers common questions for launching an AED program in your organization. The guide explores: Benefits of an AED Laws...

Lifesaving Society Position Statements

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

Locker Room - Liquor Liability

This is a one page advisory for risk managers on liability for liquor consumed in locker rooms during or after hockey games.

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,...

Major Incident! Preparing for the Aftermath

Co-presenters: Gary Sanger, City of Toronto; Michael Shane, Lifesaving Society; Dr. Roger P. Skinner, Regional Supervising Coroner, Toronto...

Making sports, fitness, and recreational activities safer in Ontario 1986 - 1989

It has become obvious over the last several years that there is an increasing need in Ontario to make sports, fitness and recreational...

Management of Abusive or Threatening Behaviour

Outlines policy with respect to “zero tolerance” towards violence and aggressive behavior. Zero tolerance is defined as the non-acceptance...

Management of Disruptive Behaviour policy

Outlines the policy and procedures to follow in the event a client exhibits disruptive behavior, defined as behavior that interrupts the...

Managing Anaphylaxis within Parks and Recreation: Parks and Recreation Trend Watch

There are an estimated 1.2 million Canadians with allergies, and approximately 6% are affected by severe allergies triggered by a wide...

Managing Risks in 2002

The article talks about how to start risk management policies for parks and recreation departments and the difference that it will make...

Medical Emergencies Policy

Outlines the policy and procedures to follow in the event of a medical emergency.

Middle Springs Cabins Emergency Operations Plan

This document provides Cabin Users with guidelines for responding to emergency situations such as fire, gas leaks, power failure, break-in...

Minimizing Risk and Liability – Best Practices Guide for Trail Stewards, Operators, Managers and Owners

This guide is a best practices manual intended to give guidance and direction on minimizing risk and liability that can arise from trail...

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...

Municipal Alcohol Policy

Provides the alcohol policy for the town, rationale for its various components, and related agreement forms.

Municipal Alcohol Policy: A practical resource for successfully managing drinking in recreational settings

Each section of the Guide is designed to address a municipality's particular needs, whether you want to: develop a Municipal Alcohol...

Municipal Alcohol Risk Management Policy

The Town of Lincoln has developed a Municipal Alcohol Policy in order to prevent problems that arise as a result of alcohol consumption...

Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.56

Regulations under this Act: R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 823 GeneralO. Reg. 372/91 Institutions Ontario's Municipal Freedom of Information and...

Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act: Plain Language Audit Tool for Ontario

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) establishes regulations governing the protection of privacy and...

Negligence Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. N.1. *Summary

The Act addresses the assessment of damages caused by, or contributed by, the fault or neglect of two or more persons. The court shall...

Negligence and Liability: A Guide for Recreation and Sport Organizations

Provides “how to” advice in the area of liability, explaining common defenses against liability as well as the basics of statutory...

Occupational Health and Safety Act: Plain Language Audit Tool for Ontario

The Act outlines the rights and duties of all parties in the workplace regarding health and safety concerns. Its overall purpose is to...

On the Hook

In the article, the author goes through a situation dealing with a golf course and risk management. //

Oshawa Emergency Master Plan

The City of Oshawa Master Plan establishes a framework document for responding to any type of emergency and outlines the following:...

Part-Time Recreation Workers’ Handbook 2012/2013 / Lost Participants Policy (1998)

Includes relevant legislation, emergency procedures and policies, agressive behaviour guidelines, program guidelines, illness, expenditures...

Participant Profile Form

This form collects medical information, as well as details on authorization for release of participants from the program, and emergency...

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, S.C. 2000, c. 5

Regulations under this Act: Electronic Alternatives Regulations for the Purposes of Subsection 254(1) of the Canada Labour Code, SOR/2008-...

Physical Activity Readiness (PAR-Q) Questionnaires and Forms

Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaires and forms PAR-Q YOU: A one-page form to see if a participant should check with their doctor...

Planning for YES

The article describes the importance of going through emergency procedures in case of a tragedy and the legal issues that follow. //

Police Record Checks

This article discusses five areas where policies on police record checks often encounter problems - deciding who to screen, what records to...

Policy on Accident/Incident Reporting

The purpose of this procedure is 1) to outline the preventative and corrective measures to be taken in handling accidents, injuries,...

Policy on Administration of Medication (Regina Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 81)

This document provides a policy and procedures on administration of oral or injectable medication on a regular basis as well as in...

Policy on Children Left at Pool

This document provides a policy and procedures for dealing with children not picked up after closure of the swimming pool.

Preschool, Child and and Youth Emergency Medical / Information form

This form provides medical and emergency information as well as pickup authorization for preschool, child, and youth programs. Follow the...

Private Swim Lesson: External Instructor - Policy & Procedure

Outlines the Town's policy on private swimming lessons at town-owned facilities, and procedures to be followed by staff when the policy is...

Provincial Sport Organizations Risk Management Manual

As most of you are aware liability insurance for sports groups and associations is a topic that has been discussed, studied and consulted...

Public Skating Policy

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

Record for Emergency Use

Health, contact, and other details for the child, and Parental Permission for Emergency Medical Treatment form. English and French....

Recovering from natural disaster: How to rebuild the urban forest and community resilience

Co-Presenters: Tammy Robinson, City of Calgary; Amelia Needoba, Diamondhead ConsultingThis presentation looks at how the...

Recreation Centre Consent Agreement

This form collects personal information and outlines the rules, risks and liability.

Recreation Centre Waiver Form: Adult recreation hockey

A waiver and informed consent form for participants in adult recreational hockey.

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