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Managing Risk From A Manager's Perspective

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Managing Risk From a Manager's Perspective

"As leisure managers we are constantly in the position of having to
identify risk factors such as hazard and perils. These factors are not
always evident or apparent but have to be understood and identified by
the leisure manager. In order to create a safe environment in which
the activity has to take place, a balance has to be met." Rock 2004
(cover sheet)

This assignment will discuss the risk from a manager's perspective,
how each manager determines what risk is and ways to combat risk. The
assignment will discuss the roles of legislation and procedures in
leisure centres and how they determine how activities are run. The
assignment will explain the difficulty with managing both individuals
without taking the essence of what the individual requires. This
assignment will also show how different individuals require different
experiences from activities that they choose.

It is important to understand what risk is and understand how it
differs to hazard, even though there are similarities. "Risk is the
likelihood of something causing harm and its likely severity. In the
health and safety sense it relates to harm to persons (either as
physical harm or ill health). Risk is something that we encounter in
our every day lives and where, often subconsciously, we make decisions
as to its acceptability. There is no definitive answer as to 'what is
acceptable'. Each risk has to be determined in the light of its
particular circumstances although societal attitudes and the law may
influence this."(Health and safety executive, risk management (2004))
hazards are very closely linked with assessments of risk, it has been
argued by identifying the hazard you are then able to reduce or
eradicate the risk.

In leisure centre, there is not many high risk activities, but there
is many medium and low risks, its important to judge what, which risks
are the most important to do something about and ones that only low
probability of happening.

Risk criteria:

Risk can be categorised into 3 sections; high, medium and low. High
risk is the likelihood of fatality, major injuries or illness causing
long-term disability e.g. (sky diving, hang gliding, skiing and base
jumping). Medium risk is the likelihood of injury or illness causing
short-term disability e.g. (contact sports, football, rugby basketball
etc). Low risks are risks with little or low chance of getting injury
or illness e.g. (chess, bowling etc) Since risk is dependant on the
likelihood of harm occurring, as well as the severity of the harmful
outcome, it can be categorised qualitatively using a matrix in
appendix A (Leeds County Council risk assessment matrix). The manager
decides the judgement of the likely outcome of an accident and the
probability of the accident occurring. The...

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