Health and safety policy and risk assessment

Black Pear Joggers is, through all levels of its leadership, committed to ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, that:

  • All members are safeguarded fully in respect of health, safety and welfare whilst participating in club activities
  • All reasonable risks are minimised.
  • Members of the public or visitors are not exposed to any identifiable health and safety risks.
  • No activities are carried out by the club that are liable to expose members or members of the public to hazards to health, unless suitable and sufficient assessments of risk are made and, where necessary, measures to prevent or control the risk have been introduced.

The leadership has ultimate responsibility for the implementation of this policy and, through the leadership, will endeavour to ensure that the requirements of all health and safety legislation are established.


The club’s objectives are:

  • To provide conditions for all members which seek to prevent any foreseeable risk to health. This requires that risk assessments be carried out to enable hazards and risks to be identified to enable the standards of safety to be adopted and enforced.
  • To provide comprehensive information – with the objective of ensuring, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of every member and visitor.
  • To ensure that the health, safety and welfare of all members are under continuous review by leadership at all levels.
  • To support coaches and run group leaders in development of their skills by enabling them to attend suitable England Athletics (or equivalent) approved courses
  • To maintain the England Athletics Clubmark Accreditation


The success of this policy is largely dependent upon the total co-operation of every member and visiting runners who also have a duty to:

  • Take reasonable precautions in safeguarding the health and safety of themselves and others.
  • Observe all health and safety guidelines and procedures as laid down by the leadership.
  • Follow guidelines and any instructions given by the leadership (including Run Group Leaders) both before and during any runs.
  • Alert the leadership to any potential hazard that they have noticed and report all accidents or incidents that have led, or may lead to, injury, illness or damage. Note: this should also include making Run Group Leaders aware of any illness or injury they may be suffering from prior to the start of any run
  • Carry with them, during all Black Pear Jogger runs, their Emergency contacts details either in the form of the “Black Pear Joggers Emergency ID Card” or similar

Policy review

This policy will be monitored to ensure it is effective and will be regularly reviewed and revised as necessary.

Risk assessment

Download the BPJ Risk Assessment (XLS, 59KB).

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In accordance with government and England Athletics guidelines, to help reduce the risks of transmission, the committee have put together the following risk assessment.

BPJ COVID-19 Risk Assessment (PDF, 312KB)

To join a club run, members need to confirm that they have read the following questions and have answered NO to them all.

If they answer YES to any question, then unfortunately they won’t be able to participate in club runs until their conditions improve.

  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 7 days?
  • Are you waiting for a COVID-19 test or the results?
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms:
    • New, continuous cough*;
    • High temperature or fever;
    • Loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste?
  • Do you live with someone who has either tested positive for COVID-19 or had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

* A new, continuous cough means coughing for longer than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If the patient usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual.

Additional information

Please also see the Terms of Use and Club Constitution.