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Risk Assessment 2021
Risk Assessment July 2021

Risk assessment template

Bridge Club name:   Bookham Afternoon                 Assessment carried out by: Marilyn Clarke 

Date of next review: 30 November 2021                           Date assessment carried out: 25 July 2021

What are the hazards?

Who might be harmed and how?

What controls are required?

What further action do you need to take to control the risks?

Who needs to carry out the action?

When is the action needed by?

Done

Transmission of Corona virus from player to player while attending bridge playing session:

1 Through touching hard surfaces or equipment already touched by infected person.

1.1 Venue Features: Door Knobs, light switches, etc.

Players, staff, visitors, volunteers acquiring virus by touching contaminated objects or surfaces.

Things to consider:

  • Ensuring hard surfaces at the venue are as likely as possible to be virus free at start of session.

  • Cleaning and disinfect objects and surfaces that are likely to be touched regularly. Propping doors open as far as possible.

  • Providing hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser for all people coming in to the club

Hall cleans between hires including chair frames, touch points and loos.

Hall provides sanitiser at entry. We provide sanitiser for each table.

Hall provides wipes in main hall and loos for our use.

Hall has wedges to prop open doors.

Hall re premises.Club needs to buy sanitiser for each table before reopening and remind members to sanitise on arrival and frequently through afternoon.

Before each session.

1.2 Venue Features: Catering Equipment

Player acquiring virus by touch.

Consider:

  • No catering

  • Players being asked to bring and take away any drinks and drinking vessels for their own use

  • Providing disposable cups and plates if catering supplied

Initially members will be asked to bring own drink in own drinking vessel.

  Club when notifying members of reopening arrangements.  

  Before reopen  

  

        1.3 Cash Handling        

        Player acquiring virus by touch.        

        Consider:

  • No cash handling.

  • Players paying for the session by prior bank transfer of table money         

        Exact cash to be brought and placed in clean bank bag on each table - North to oversee. Option trialled for those with access to online banking - fill out online payment slip.

Spare partner to be issued with a “Free Session Slip”        

        Club needs to design and print slips and obtain cash bags.        

        Club needs to notify members as part of reopening arrangements        

          

  1.4 Coats and Hats   

  Player acquiring virus by touching another player’s contaminated clothing  

  Consider allocated coat pegs, plastic crates for storage of outdoor wear, asking player to keep coats, etc. with them.

Will depend on the club’s premises.  

  Staggered arrival from 12:30 and orderly departure to prevent congregation around racks. Preferably leave coat in car. N/S place on chair back. E/W may use racks  

  Members  

  Club needs to notify members as part of reopening arrangements  

  

1.5 Toilets

Toilets will be available during the session

Areas in toilets may be contaminated by one player and touched by another

Consider the following:

  • Placing antiseptic hand wash in each toilet

  • Placing antiseptic wipes in each toilet

  • Ensuring disposable paper towels are available

  • Instructing players to wipe surfaces (BIN) and then use handwash thoroughly after using toilet

  • Instructing players to maintain social distancing if queueing.

Hall providing signage, handwash, wipes and paper towels.

Club to remind members not to congregate in loos and to social distance when queuing.

Members

Club to advise before reopen and remind at each session.

     1.6 Players bringing the virus into the club on their hands     

     Players may contaminate surfaces or equipment     

     Consider the following:

  • Clear signage confirming the symptoms of coronavirus and ask players not to attend if they are showing any symptoms

  • Providing hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser for all people coming in to the club     

     Make sign to display at entry asking members to confirm they do not have symptoms, have not tested positive, have not been asked to isolate nor are self isolating and the same is true for anyone in their household and close contacts.

Hall provides facilities and sanitiser. Club to provide sanitiser for tables.     

     Club re sign.

Hall and Club re sanitiser.     

     Before reopen Club needs to instruct members and make sign.     

        

   1.7 Bridge Club Equipment:

Duplicate Boards and Playing Cards Preparation before Session   

   Player acquiring virus by touching contaminated cards or boards   

   Some examples you may want to consider:

  • Wiping boards clean before duplication

  • Storing cards for 72 hours before reuse.

  • Preparing boards to 72 hours before session or using disposable gloves when dealing.

  • Preparing a set of boards for each table.

  • Wearing disposable gloves when storing and when distributing boards to tables.   

   Club sessions are 3 or more days apart so equipment will not be touched during this time ie effectively quarantined. Boards are prepared several sessions in advance.

Director to clean hands prior to distribution of boards to tables.   

    Director                                   

   Each session   

   

  1.8 Bridge Club Equipment:

Bidding Boxes  

  Player acquiring virus by touch.  

  Possible action you might take:

  • Storing bidding boxes for 72 hours prior to usage.

  • Wearing disposable gloves when putting bidding boxes on tables.

  • Bidding boxes only being used by one player during the session.

  • East and West taking their bidding boxes with them each time they move.  

  Club has 3 or more days between sessions so boxes are quarantined. Each member to collect box on arrival for use throughout afternoon and return to the crate at the end of the afternoon  

  Members  

  Each session  

  

1.9 Bridge Club Equipment:

Duplicate Boards and Playing Cards

Use During Session

Player acquiring virus by touch.

Consider something along the following lines:

  • One set of boards for each table. Boards will not move from table to table. Each board will only be used once, by the four players seated at the table at that time. Each hand of playing cards is only handled by one player.

  • North will place each board on the table handling it by the North end. Each player withdraws, counts, sorts, plays and returns cards to the board, keeping the cards in their section of the table.

  • Players will touch the unique side of the board containing their cards but will not touch any other part of it.

  • North will handle the board by the North end to retrieve it and place it on the table and to return it to the bag after play.

Size of club means we will need to pass boards between tables. North to move boards touching the North end. Each player to touch only their side of the Board and their cards. Regular use of hand sanitiser on tables.

Members

Each session.  Club to instruct members before reopen and Director to remind members each afternoon.

1.10 Bridge Club Equipment:

Scoring Tablets

Player acquiring virus by touch.

Consider the following:

  • Scoring tablets/bridgemates to be stored for 72 hours prior to usage.

  • Disposable gloves being worn when putting scoring tablets/bridgemates on tables.

  • Instructing North only to enter scores, to show East / West for their agreement, and then to press “Yes” in their sight.

Club has 3 or more days between sessions so equipment is quarantined. Scorer to sanitise hands before placing on tables. North only to touch - E to confirm score agreement verbally. North to return to stage at end of afternoon.

Scorer and members

Club to instruct before reopen and Director to remind each session.

1.11 Bridge Club Equipment:

Table Numbering Signs

Player acquiring virus by touch.

Things to consider:

  • Table numbering signs being stored for at least 72 hours before each session or wiped clean after every session with a sanitising wipe.

  • Disposable gloves being worn when putting table numbers on tables.

  • Players instructed not to touch them.

 Club has at least 3 days between sessions so are quarantined. Director/Scorer to sanitise hands before distribution.

Members instructed not to touch.

Director/Scorer/Members

Club needs to instruct before reopen and Director to remind each session.

1.12 Bridge Club Equipment:

Table covers

Player acquiring virus by touch.

Consider:

  • Laundering table covers between sessions; or

  • Steam cleaning table covers between sessions; or

  • Cleaning with disinfectant and allowing to dry between sessions

Club has 3 or more days between sessions so cloths are quarantined. Opener to put out with sanitised hands.

Opener

Each session.

1.13 Bridge Club Equipment:

Scoring Laptop

Player acquiring virus by touch.

Consider:

  • Players told not to touch any laptops used for scoring.

  • Staff/volunteers to use their own laptop if possible

  • Laptops to be wiped clean after every use

Club has 3 or more days between sessions so laptop is quarantined. Scorer to sanitise hands before use. Results will not be displayed so members will not gather around it as previously.

Scorer

Each session

2 Through inhaling droplets breathed out by infected person.

2.1 Players standing or walking without observing social distancing in the car park

Player acquiring virus by airborne droplet.

Consider arrangement of parking spaces, social distancing signage or floor signs to encourage social distancing

Club to encourage staggered arrival and orderly departure and social distancing.

Members

Club to encourage this behaviour in instructions to members before reopen

     

2.2 Players clustering as they approach the annex.

Player acquiring virus by airborne droplet.

Arrange for players to queue if necessary, with appropriate social distancing

As above

2.3 Players passing each other without distancing as they fill the tables.

Player acquiring virus by airborne droplet.

Consider marshalling players into a queue if necessary, to fill places at the table.

Staggered arrival of members who should sit at a table as soon as possible and remain seated. Encourage the wearing of masks on arrival.

Encourage members to fill any spare spaces at a table before starting a new one.

Members

Club to instruct members before reopen

2.4 Players passing each other without distancing as they leave.

Player acquiring virus by airborne droplet.

Consider asking players to collect outdoor clothing etc, and leave, socially distanced, by table number as instructed.

Club to encourage orderly departure. Results not displayed - North to tell both partnerships their rank from the Bridgemate at the end of the session.

Club to instruct members before reopen. Director to remind members each session. North to announce ranks.

Before reopen/ each session

2.5 Players breathing on each other at the table

Player acquiring virus by airborne droplet.

Consider using clear plastic screens on the tables from corner to corner.

Screens will be wiped with antiseptic wipes before and after each session.

Alternatively, or as well as, offer disposable face masks for players to wear at the table.

Club to encourage the wearing of masks as per latest government advice. Consider additional breaks when members can go outside and remove mask.

Club to instruct members before reopen

Before reopen

2.6 Players breathing on each other as they move at the start of each round

Player acquiring virus by airborne droplet.

Consider marshalling moves for maximum distance between the East/West pairs as they move.

Players to only move when instructed.

Club to encourage orderly movement between tables. Club to encourage the wearing of masks.

Club to instruct members before reopen. Director to remind members each session.

Before reopen/ each session