Use the Sports Field and Center Reopening Checklist successfully to implement new hygiene and safety measures.
The global COVID 19 pandemic has hit the world of sports hard. Whether professional sportsman or amateur: all of them had to restrict their activities considerably to comply with the state requirements. With the worldwide easing of the rules, the sports community is also getting some exercise again. Gym and sports facility operators and sports clubs are taking preventive measures to continue to mitigate the effects of the virus and slowly return to sports activities.
State health authorities and local industry associations have issued guidance to help companies and employers protect their employees at work and customers during sports from COVID-19. Employers, employees and athletes benefit from the hygiene and protective measures for fitness studios and sports facilities by reducing the risk of infection, fewer absences due to infection and the need to close facilities again.
The sports federations and business associations of the sports industry recommend that companies and clubs intensify their cleaning and disinfection procedures to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. There are EPA-approved disinfectants, including ready-to-use sprays, concentrates and wipes that help clean and effectively disinfect the facilities. Besides, the proper use of protective equipment (PPE) for employees should be introduced to prevent the spread of infection in the company.
As the Corona pandemic will continue to affect the sports industry after the reopening of gyms and sports facilities, it is important to adapt your business plan to the "new normality" to cope with the local and global impact. For companies, the focus is on the safety of customers and their employees. For this purpose, it is recommended to include the following points as business precautions in the company business:
Adapting work processes and sports activities to the new circumstances is the most important task of managers in companies during the pandemic. Procedures and strategies must be developed to protect the health and safety of employees, customers and business partners. At the same time, efficient and reliable operation of the sports studios and fitness centres should be possible after reopening.
The following are some of the best practices currently used to contain the spread of coronavirus in gyms and sports facilities.
Before reopening the gym or sports facility, a competent person should be assigned to conduct a risk assessment to identify COVID-19 risks and other problems and develop appropriate controls. Another risk that threatens a building that is out of operation for a long period is legionnaires' disease caused by the legionella bacteria. Facilities that have been out of service for some time may have stagnant water in pipes and should therefore carry out a legionella risk assessment before reopening.
Social distancing is an effective means of minimising the risk of infection in fitness studios and sports facilities. Some of the most important measures are:
A well-documented monitoring process helps to easily identify the causes in case of a new COVID-19 case and to strengthen the compliance with the corona guidelines. The monitoring/logging procedures include:
In the corona pandemic, the focus is on cleaning and disinfecting sports and work areas, break rooms and sanitary facilities. It has been proven that the virus can survive for days on surfaces such as cardboard, plastic and stainless steel. Therefore, contact-intensive contact surfaces such as handrails, desks, elevators etc. should be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
Companies should routinely check the hygiene and safety measures taken to ensure that they are being observed. Regular inspections and. audits are a proven tool. However, other methods, such as video surveillance or real-time location, can also be used. However, the consent of the employees and customers must be obtained for this.
To ensure the safety of the general public, sports facilities and fitness studios need to implement precautionary measures for the reopening and afterwards. With Lumiform's mobile app, sports centers can perform their inspections digital via tablet or smartphone on site - online or offline.
Digital checklists facilitate the implementation and monitoring of the measures. All data is immediately available to the entire occupational safety team. In this way, violations and problems are detected immediately and can be remedied immediately.
With Lumiform, operators of fitness studios and sports facilities benefit from the following advantages:
We have put together some checklists to help you reopen your gym or sports facility after Corona. All templates can be easily adapted to internal company requirements and regional guidelines of state authorities.