First Aid Plan

Vale of Leithen Football Club is a member of the Scottish Lowland Football League. It is the policy of Vale of Leithen Football Club to take all reasonable and practicable steps to safeguard welfare of all persons against hazards to Health or Safety arising out of the Clubs activities. This document details the club’s first aid plan, and should be read in conjunction with the Health and Safety Policy.

Purpose
This plan is to provide guidance on the provision of first aid at Victoria Park, Innerleithen. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all club personnel, supporters, or other visitors and the appointment of qualified first aid officers will ensure that anyone on our premises will have access to first aid assistance should an injury or illness occur.

All Vale of Leithen Football Club committee members and other volunteers have a duty of care to themselves and others within Victoria Park, to provide assistance when required, to the level of their competence, including calling on expert assistance when necessary, as set out in this first aid plan.

First Aid Procedures
1. First Aid Officers
• Vale of Leithen will train an appropriate number of personnel to the standard of Sports Injury Training, carried out by an approved body.
• Vale of Leithen will maintain a register of all personnel who have a Sports Injury certificate.
• Vale of Leithen will ensure that a minimum of one person holding a Sports Injury certificate will be present at each home game.
• For each home game a lead First Aid Officer will be appointed by the club.

2. First Aid Officers Responsibilities
First Aid Officers must:
• Provide initial first aid attention when necessary to members of staff and the public whilst within Victoria Park.
• Must remain with an injured or ill person until no further treatment or assistance is required, or until the person is handed over to ambulance or other medical personnel, unless the officer’s personal safety is at risk.
• Recognise their limitations and only administer or carry out duties that have been included in their training.
• Ensure the club’s accident book is updated for the treatment of any person in relation to any injury/incident. The club accident book is kept in the First Aid Room.
• Ensure that they are aware of the location of the clubs first aid kits and medical room.

3. Absence Of a First Aid Officer
In the event of a First Aid Officer not being immediately available to administer first aid in an emergency, Vale of Leithen Football Club staff should;
• If possible escort the patent to Borders General Hospital, Melrose.
• Call an ambulance.
Borders General Hospital is approximately 20 minutes from Victoria Park by car.

4. Club Personnel Awareness
All staff will be advised of the nature of first aid facilities in Victoria Park; the location of first aid kits; the names of first aid officers; the procedure to follow when first aid officers are absent, and the procedures to be followed when first aid is required.
This will be communicated to all Vale of Leithen personnel at the start of each new season, or if a new member joins the club.

5. First Aid Kit
• Vale of Leithen will have available at each home game a mobile first aid kit which has been approved by the club’s qualified personnel.
• Vale of Leithen will have available a static wall mountable first aid kit located in the first aid room. This cabinet will meet the requirements of the Health and Safety (First Aid) (1981) act, and will be suitable for up to 50 persons.
• Vale of Leithen will have available for each home game a mobile 50 person first aid kit.
• Vale of Leithen will have available for each away game a mobile players first aid bag which has been approved by the club’s qualified personnel.
• Vale of Leithen will have available for each training session a mobile players first aid bag which has been approved by the club’s qualified personnel.
• First aid kits will be under the control of trained first aid personnel.
• A list of all personnel who have the Sports Injury certificate will be placed near the first aid kit in the First Aid Room.
• Vale of Leithen will ensure that all first aid kits under their control are fully stocked and will carry out regular audits on the contents, and arrange to replenish supplies when required.

The minimum items held in each first aid kit are detailed as follows:

Static First Aid Kit in first aid room;
Item
Required Number
Assorted Sterostrip Wash-proof plasters
60
Standard Eyepad Dressings
6
Standard Dressings (Medium)
12
Standard Dressings (Large)
4
Triangular Bandages
8
Alcohol Free Cleansing Wipes
20
Safety Pins
12
Pairs of Disposable Gloves
3
Foil Blanket
2
Scissors (blunt nosed)
1

Note: The first aid room is situated within the pavilion at Victoria Park, opposite the board room.

Mobile First Aid Kit;
Item
Required Number
Assorted sterile adhesive plasters
60
Eyepads
6
Standard Dressings (Medium)
12
Standard Dressings (Large)
4
Triangular Bandages
8
Alcohol Free Cleansing Wipes
20
Safety Pins
12
Pairs of Disposable Gloves
3
Foil Blanket
2
Scissors (blunt nosed)
1
Mobile Players First Aid Bag;
Item
Required Number
Plasters 10cmx9cm
4
Crep bandage 7.5cmx4.5m
1
Triangular Bandages
1
Zinc Oxide
1
Sterile dressing 12cm x 12cm
1
Cotton buds
10
Elastic adhesive bandage 2.5cmx4.5m
1
Alcohol Free Cleansing Wipes
1
Pairs of Disposable Gloves
1
Sterile swabs 10cm x 10cm
5
Instant ice pack
1
Foil blanket
1
Scissors (blunt nosed)
1

6. Medical Certificate
Vale of Leithen will obtain a yearly medical certificate which is issued by the SFA chief Medical Officer.

Policy Review
Vale of Leithen Football Club will keep this policy under review, with additions or amendments made where deemed appropriate, or on the advice of relevant governing bodies.

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