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[Quest 3] Safety audit of fitness facilities

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Similarly to a lot of professions, the workday of a personal trainer is often different.  For this reason, is it important that the basics of health and safety are very well understood, before moving on to more tedious issues.  Maintenance of equipment that is supplied to gym patrons is one of the  basics that must be mastered by all personal trainers.

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[Quest 3] Fitness Instructor - Australian Institute of Fitness

[Quest 3] Fitness Instructor - Australian Institute of Fitness | Five People - Work and Recreation | Scoop.it
The Institute's Fitness Instructor course covers all you need to know to work in a gym. It can lead to a Master Trainer qualification. Enquire now.
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Fitness professionals and their qualifications are often a hotly debated subject.  From a health and safety prospective, it is imperative that any person who is instructing another through physically demanding and potentially dangerous movements have the corresponding qualifications that prove they know how something is to be done without endangering anyone.

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[Quest 3] Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

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By having an understanding of all of the potential hazards that could surround him, Sam, the personal trainer who normally works within the gym can be given a much better appreciation for basic safety.

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Sarah - Reptile Catcher

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Sarah - Reptile Catcher

 

Sarah has a somewhat unique interest in reptiles and has found her calling working as a reptile catcher.  She recognises the risks of the job she faces on a daily basis to be far less dangerous than what is often portrayed to the public. 

 

She claims hazards such as bite from poisonous reptiles or scratches from those with claws are often assumed to be the most prevalent, yet she finds strenuous manual handling tasks to be much more threatening to her general health. 

 

The training she was provided with once becoming a reptile catcher fully prepared her for cautious approaches on troublesome creatures yet not so much for those activities requiring upper and lower body strength. Sarah has since identified these risks and worked on both decreasing her risks of harm through correct lifting methods and increasing her strength in order to reduce the risk of hurting herself.  

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Some hazards:

Manual handling, bites, cuts, scratches, compression.

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Mark - The Pilot

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Mark - The Pilot

 

Mark is a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force. His daily work routine consists of both desk bound duties, and duties that are bound only by the amount of fuel he has.  He admits that despite the glamorised reputation of being a jet pilot, many of his day to day duties are exactly the same as any business man 'flying a desk'. 

 

Despite this, the role does include many dangerous activities, however these are only undertaken after years of training and preparation. One of the major identifiable risks is merely the piloting of a single jet engine aircraft, with only an ejection seat if something goes wrong.  Mark claims that the miles of safety procedures and indications that must be memorised by all pilots do limit the potential for severe accidents to occur, with most being controlable, however the risk is still present.

 

Occupational health and safety is not only important for Mark, but also for those working around his aircraft. All actions and procedures are designed to eliminate or minimise the risk of hazards causing injury to any person present.  

 

The health and safety culture present amongst aircrew and technicians in the Royal Australian Air Force is one to be aspired to. With very few severe incidents occurring over the past few years, it is obvious that the methods of maintaining health and safety procedures  that is utilising is effective.

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Some hazards:

Mechanical error, human error, accidents, bird strike. 

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[Quest 3] Personal%20Training%20and%20Commercial%20Group%20Fitness%20Guidelines.pdf

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Constant vigilance while working within the fitness industry is a must.  Supervision of all participants and the equipment they are using is necessary to ensure that everyone stays safe and healthy. 

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[Quest 3] Gym Safety and Training Protocols for Injury Prevention - YouTube

Learn the proper safety and training protocols through spinal alignment, controlled breathing, joint angles, and proper muscle recruitment. Consult with your...
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Safety within the gym should not only encompass the safety of the trainer, but also all of its patrons.  Leading by example is an excellent way for personal trainers to ensure those who enter the gym have an example that they can match, even without receiving instruction. 

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Gabby - Horse Rider

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Gabby - Horse Rider

 

Gabby enjoys nothing more than spending an afternoon riding her horse. She finds the physically demanding task of riding well and looking after her horse to be very enjoyable.  She admits she has, on numerous occasions, been hurt while riding or caring for her horse, some of which injuries have resulted in a trip to he hospital.

 

When asked, she defined most of the common injuries she has sustained as a combination of being unlucky and dealing with an animal.  Injuries caused by her horse were both minor and major in severity and due to falls and bumps. 

 

She he also identifies the very physical nature of caring for a boring as a contributing factor to some of her injuries with heavy objects often needing to be moved around as well allergies that are sometimes aggravated due to excessive dust.  

 

Despite tea acknowledging that her hobby has the potential to be quite dangerous, Gabby still find the rewards out weigh those dangers. 

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Some hazards:

Accidents, falls, manual handling. 

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Sam - The Personal Trainer

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Sam - The Personal Trainer

 

Sam is a fit and healthy 21 year old who has recently become a personal trainer. His views on safety in the workplace  are that keeping both yourself and your clients safe is always the first priority.

 

He identifies most potential hazards within the gym to be both of human error and mechanical dysfunction. His method of reducing both of these from occurring is through educating every person who enters the gym on the correct method of utilising the equipment, and also what to look out for in the instance of potential broken equipment.  He admits that constant supervision is required, even of long term clients, just to ensure that they have not over looked a hazard or just failed to recognise it.

 

Sam often finds himself personally responsible for the safety of gym goers while working in an environment with constant new faces and with people who are not quite so driven to provide a safe place for others to exercise, Sam finds himself constantly on his toes yet rewardEd constantly. 

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Some hazards:

Manual handling, accidents, broken equipment.

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Elliette - The Netballer

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Elliette : The Netballer.

 

Elliette plays netball three times a week in a social team at her local recreation facility.  She finds playing regularly to be a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy and enjoys socialising with like minded peers.  Despite having a ball with her team each week, she is conscious of the potential risks she may encounter during any game.

 

Although netball is classed as a non-contact sport, Elliette has still sustained a few injuries while playing. She admits constant high impact movement and rapid direction changes on unforgiving surfaces  have left her with accelerated wear and tear symptoms that often leave her joints aching.

 

In addition to this, she has also witnessed and been on the receiving end of occasional unavoidable accidents such as rolling ankles or colliding with another player. She did admit that such instances do discourage her somewhat from playing with maximum effort, however with reasonable caution, Elliette says she leaves the court feeling both physically  exhausted and proud of her participation. 

 

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Some hazards:

Strains, bumps and bruises, collisions, physical wear and tear, accidents. 

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