LUU should provide basic health and safety training for all clubs and societies that carry out activities of elevated risk

Passed: March 2020 (16th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it?

Basic health and safety training be provided by LUU, if LUU includes societies and clubs under its ‘umbrella’ then it needs to ensure that the health and safety of its students is guaranteed.

I am the president of LUU Casual Kickabout and in July one of our players fell awkwardly and suffered a double arm break which required an ambulance, hospitalisation and surgery. I tore my ACL in May playing football and require surgery to get back to fitness. Due to these issues and clear need for health and safety training I contacted LUU and they told me they were organising H&S training for clubs and societies and that they would keep us updated. In September I hadn’t heard anything so asked for an update and they told me they had only provided it for the Gryphon clubs (our society is non-competitive and in the General Interest category).

While I welcome the training provided to the Gryphon clubs I was shocked we were overlooked when we have previously suffered serious incidents and asked for the training. We currently organise over 7 games a week and have over 150 members so this is a really important issue for us and other societies. When I asked for an explanation the main reason provided was that Gryphon clubs carried out high-performance sport (like our society) so were at high risk of injury/cardiac arrest. However it subsequently transpired that it was offered to clubs that did not fall into this high risk category such as darts. Therefore the only conclusion from this, is that our society and others were discriminated against due their respective categorisation.

I raised this at the General Interest ECM and vote was carried out on whether LUU has a bias towards competitive societies and the results were: 21 votes for and 0 votes against with 8 people abstaining. This is an unequivocal confirmation that the perception is that LUU prioritises competitive sports clubs over other societies, this is especially concerning when this involves issues such as the H&S of students. Additionally this completely goes against the LUU 2018-2022 strategic plan where inclusivity is a central feature.

As a result I am calling for LUU to take the health and safety of all clubs and societies seriously and provide basic health and safety for all clubs and societies that carry out activities of elevated risk.

Expires: March 2023 (16th)

Submitted By: Christopher Holt

Officer: Activities

Area of Work: Societies

Updates

August 2020: All societies will be trained in basic health and safety training (and will get a handbook, which is an upgrade on last year's offering) - so in terms of the policy ask this is done. These packages will go out at the beginning of September.

August 2020: Activities Officer Lucy discussing this training with the Activities Team.

June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.

April 2020: Proposer met with Activities Team to discuss next steps and how we might incorporate this into training for Clubs & Societies moving forwards. Part of summer planning.

March 2020: New Policy