Safety in Athletic Training Facilities – Look Before You Leap
By: Cherie Trimberger
BOC Communications Coordinator
We see stop signs, traffic lights and other warning signs in our world every day. These warnings remind us of the importance of looking before we leap to keep us safe from injury and danger.
Much in the same way, the BOC Facility Principles document was designed as a risk management tool for administrators of athletic training facilities. The ultimate goal of this document is to assist Athletic Trainers as well as athletic directors, principals, superintendents and other administrators in ensuring a safe, properly-equipped athletic training facility.
The BOC Facility Principles was originally created by the Facility Standards Work Group. The work group consisted of experts from the Board of Certification (BOC), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), NATA College/University Athletic Trainers’ Committee (CUATC) and NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee (SSATC). Through their cooperative efforts, they were able to create an easy-to-use guidebook to help administrators gauge an athletic training facility’s compliance with applicable regulations and best practices.
You might be wondering: Why should my workplace or organization use the BOC Facility Principles document?
Most commonly, athletic healthcare occurs at an athletic training facility, not in a traditional healthcare setting. Local, state and federal entities issue regulations and standards to help regulate these facilities. Failure to observe safety policies not only increases risk, but also increases exposure to liability suits alleging negligence.
The BOC Facility Principles document includes checklists on employee safety, accessibility, privacy and confidentiality, emergency preparedness, safe handling of hazardous material and much more. The document can be used by secondary and post-secondary educational institutions and organizations to self-assess their policies, procedures and facility.
Ensuring your athletic training facility is safe is just one more way to provide your patients with important, life-saving healthcare. Take the next step and download your copy today.