This research investigated the under-explored area of safety in multi-purpose recreation facilities (MPRFs). Facility managers and other managerial staff (key informants) from four MPRFs in Victoria, Australia participated in semi-structured interviews. Safety was considered important from Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), business viability and legal liability perspectives but not from a health promotion or public health point of view. Most implemented injury prevention measures required gymnasium and pool staff or users to change their behaviours. Awareness of safety standards was higher for some operational areas (e.g. aquatics, child-care) than others (e.g. gymnasium, group fitness activities). Key informants struggled to keep abreast of legislation changes and they relied on commercial, regulatory, and industry information sources rather than evidence of best practice. Reported factors influencing safety in MPRFs were classified into three types: internal (e.g. training, culture); external (e.g. weather, demographic change); and governance (e.g. insurance, industry standards). Comprehensive, relevant and accessible industry safety standards, which focus not only on OH&S but equally on health promotion principles and public health perspectives linked to injury prevention, are required. Training is needed to reflect these broader and equally important perspectives. Health/injury, fitness/recreation and insurance sector links should be improved to ensure a consistent, sustainable approach to safety.
(a) School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University of Ballarat, P.O. Box 663, Ballarat, Victoria 3353, Australia
(b) School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Australia
Received 7 March 2008; Revised 27 January 2009; Accepted 17 February 2009
Source Citation:Finch, Caroline, Alex Donaldson, Mary Mahoney, and Leonie Otago. "The safety policies and practices of community multi-purpose recreation facilities.(Report)." Safety Science 47.10 (Dec 2009): 1346(5). Academic OneFile. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 2 Sept. 2009
Gale Document Number:A206845222
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