Risk Assessment

Risk assessment is a technique for identifying and controlling hazards associated with an organisation’s activities. All rugby clubs should undertake risk assessments.

Undertaking risk assessments demonstrates commitment to employees/volunteers and the duty of care owed to them. They are also an excellent way to identify and overcome health and safety problems.

Risk assessment involves identifying all hazards, assessing the risk and putting in place measures to control unacceptable risks, e.g. replacing a faulty socket.

Assessing risk requires knowledge of the work activities. This can be found in the people who do the work. The assessment should therefore involve employees and volunteers.

A hazard is anything that has the potential to cause harm, e.g. the faulty electrical socket.

Risk is the likelihood of it causing harm and the degree of harm it could cause, e.g. an electrical shock that could lead to a fatality.

Risk assessment resources

To help clubs to assess the risks within your premises we have worked with the RFU and our insurers to create an online risk assessment tool. Please click here to access this tool.

The Health and Safety Executive has a useful risk assessments webpage http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/index.htm and useful guidance http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg163.htm

Fire assessment

All public and community buildings are obliged under various Regulations and Acts to reduce the risk of fire. You should carry-out a Fire Risk Assessment and seek advice from your local fire brigade.

Please see https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities

Further information

Further health and safety support is available from the RFU Legal Helpline. Call 0330 303 1877.

If you have furtrher queries you can get information from the HSE website here

RFU Risk Assessment Tool

CLICK HERE to find out about the online Risk Assessment Tool, developed by the RFU to help clubs to assess the risks within your premises 

Coronavirus Guidance

Please find below links for assistance on returning to rugby:

Clubs Reopening Guidance

On Field Risk Assessment

Community Game Guidance Update - 2 June 2020

Return to rugby road map: Community Game

Detailed guidance - return to rugby activity 


Health and Safety Guidance

Please find below links to various RFU Health & Safety guidance documents.

RFU Risk Management Guide - Planning Contruction Works

RFU Risk Management Guide - Venue Hire

RFU Risk Management Guide - Running an Event
RFU Risk Management Guide - Flood Risks

Rugby Safe