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

Recreation Indemnification Seasonal Coverage (RISC) Form and Instructional Sheet

The RISC form has been developed to provide clarity for the Park Board recreation staff, management and Association members on...

Recreation Program Guidelines, Consent, Waiver and Emergency Release (Texas)

A sample waiver form from Northwest Recreation Center After School Program in Irving, Texas. Includes a checklist of guidelines and...

Recreational Activity Waiver Forms / Photo, Video Release forms

Follow the links for recreation activity/program waivers for adults and children and youth, as well as release forms for photos and videos.

Reducing Your Risk with HIGH FIVE

This 34-slide PowerPoint presentation for sports and recreation organization leaders covers the following topics: 1. Negligence and...

Reducing Your Risk with HIGH FIVE

This presentation from the Parks & Recreation Ontario 2010 Educational Forum & National Exchange discusses how organizations can...

Release Form for Photographs for Promotional or Publicity Purpose

This is a standard release form for use of photographs for promotional or publicity purposes.

Release Form for Photographs of Children

A standard release form used by the City of Richmond Hill concerning use photographs of children for promotional or publicity purposes.

Release of Liability

A general waiver form for all types of recreational activities.

Resolving Claims More Effectively

The article discusses insurance claims that can arise and how to resolve them before going to court.

Risk and Recreational Lands

This workshop looked at the real liabilities and risks associated with your parks, trails and recreational lands and the steps you can...

Risk Management - Aquatic Incident Tracking

This presentation from the 2009 Parks and Recreation Ontario Aquatics Conference provides an overview of WIRA - the Water Incident Research...

Risk Management - Cover Your Assets

A major part of recreation is managing risk through: identification and analysis of risk exposure, determining alternative options,...

Risk Management - What's the Big Deal? (1999 article)

Many sport and recreation organizations do not treat Risk Management as seriously as they should. This article outlines the reasons why...

Risk Management 101: Overview

This presentation from the 2006 Canadian Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference in Saskatoon, provides an introduction to the...

Risk Management for Playgrounds (1999 article)

The article makes note of the importance of risk management with playgrounds and as recreation professionals, there is a duty to ensure...

Risk Management for Recreation and Aquatics Facilities

This presentation, from the 2009 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Conference Energize Workshop identifies some of the major...

Risk Management for the Recreation Professional (1993 article)

This article discusses the reasons why risk management is becoming more important, the planning process for managing risks, and the use of...

Risk Management Framework

Explanation of the risk management framework. Includes a Risk Management Matrix measuring management effort required based on likelihood...

Risk Management Guide for Community Sport Organizations

This Guide is intended to help volunteers and staff of local sport organizations make better decisions. Designed for leaders,...

Risk Management Guideline: Guidelines for Responsible Recreation Programming

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide an overview of the general operating principles and management approach to minimize...

Risk Management in Recreation and Sport: Parks and Recreation Trend Watch

Discusses the importance of an effective risk management program for the sport and recreation industry

Risk Management resources for Sport and Recreation professionals (Aus)

Various resources for Sport and Recreation professionals under the Risk Management topic.

Risk management: An integrated process

The article talks about potential risk and an integrated risk management process.

Risk Management: Your Role as a [Nonprofit] Board Member

This booklet by US-based First Nonprofit Foundation outlines ten things your board can do to help ensure that its staff is balancing...

Safe Drinking Water Act: Plain Language Audit Tool for Ontario

The Act was established to gather in one place all legislation and regulations relating to the treatment, testing, and distribution of...

Safety Tips: Sledding

Tips for parents, kids, and teens.

Sample Youth Volunteer Application and Waiver (Marine Mammal Center, California)

Application form for job shadow, volunteer, or internship. Includes acknowledgement of risk, photo and work release forms.

Searching for Lost Participants Procedure

This procedure provides a consistent practice for staff to use should a program participant become separated from the group.

Shock to the Heart: Implementing Defibrillators in Your Community. A Rescue in Nepean.

The article looks at the importance of a defibrillator in community centres and how they can improve chances of survival from a heart...

Skateboard Parks: Insurance and Liability

This article discusses risks and risk management, injury rates, negligence, and due diligence.

Skateboarding and Youth

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

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...

Sports Activity Agreement & Special Occasion Permit Holder Agreement

These two forms, meant for use with the Municipal Alcohol Policy, acknowledge understanding of, and agreement with the policy and the...

Statement of Damage / Injury Claim Form

This is a generic form for reporting damage or injury to the city, which does not infer acceptance of responsibility by the city.

Summer Camp Informed Consent Agreement

This form provides personal contact and medical information as well as consent to the inherent risks of camp activities.

Summer Camp Program Registration Form: Sample

Sections include information on Camper, Parent/Guardian, Adult Emergency and Authorized Pick-up Consent, Fees, Registration details, ...

Summer Registration Form

Includes a waiver form for liability and use of photos.

Taking a Chance on Fun: Balancing Risk Management and Creativity in Children's Recreation

The article looks at how recreation professionals must spend time focusing on worst-case scenarios as well as focus on the needs on the...

Technical Standards and Safety Act: Plain Language Audit Tool for Ontario

The purpose of this Act is to enhance public safety in Ontario by establishing technical standards, including the authorization, licensing...

The Importance of Proper Staff Training and the Establishment of Standards from a Risk Management Perspective

Speakers: Russel Tanner, Katherine MacKeigan, Rob Campbell This panel session provided insights into the importance of proper...

The Law at Balance: Risky Business

This article provides a discussion theory of legal liability or risk management as about implementation and problems of financing...

The Screening Handbook: Tools and Resources for the Voluntary Sector

Tools and resources to better match people and organizations, improve the safety and quality of programs in communities, and reduce risks...

The Slippery Slide

This presentation on the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) and how Ontario's laws and regulations affect pool facilities....

Trail-Building Tool Kit

Provides the basics of trail building including: corridor research, railbanking, acquisition, outreach, planning and design, liability and...

Un nouveau modèle dont l'efficacité à engager la jeunesse à risque a été démontrée

Un nouvel outil novateur pour inciter les communautés à développer des programmes de loisirs et d'activités physiques efficaces pour les...

Use of Recording Devices, Cameras, Camera-Equipped Cell Phones, and PDAs: Edmonton Recreation Facilities Guidelines

This site outlines the guidelines for the use of cameras, camera-equipped cell phones and PDAs, as well as other recording devices, in City...

Volunteer Management - What's The Risk?

Discusses risk management strategies when working with volunteers. Presented at the 2008 Parks and Recreation Ontario Aquatics Conference.

Waiver and Release of Liability and Agreement to Participate

A waiver form for skateboarding, roller-blading, roller-skating, specialty bicycle and associated activities.

Waivers: A How-To Guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide information on waiver agreements so that sport and recreation organizations can make more informed...

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