Gym Safety Tips
Guest Post By: Bily Bum
When an injury occurs at work, both the business owner and the person hurt stand to lose a lot. As an entrepreneur, you don’t only feel bad because someone got hurt at your gym, for example, but you can lose money directly after a negligence lawsuit, as well as prospective clients once the word gets out.
These are among the top reasons why you should invest in gym safety, so you protect both the members and you as the owner. The safety tips include everything from safe equipment, across improved security, all the way to immaculate cleanliness.
Making Sure the Gym Equipment is Safe to Use
You know how the machines inside the gym come with safety instructions? These are put up by the manufacturer and shouldn’t be taken down because they instruct people who work on these machines how to use them properly.
Namely, machines that use heavy weights usually use cables and pulleys to lift weights. If you place too much weight on these machines or the cable gets damaged on one end, then it could snap and the weights will fall from a height, injuring everyone around.
Improved Security Measures
From burglary to a fight in the gym, there are many things that can go wrong security-wise. The best way to boost the security inside the gym is to install CCTV inside it. Once people notice the “CCTV in operation” sign, they are bound to correct their behavior.
Furthermore, you can invest in an alarm system or hire a security company to check the premises after dark. When it comes to the security of members themselves, you should give out membership cards that feature a photo of each member so perpetrators of theft inside the locker room, for instance, can be easily identified.
The Staff Must Undergo Health and Safety Training
If any of the members are experiencing an issue with the machines or they have a question regarding their diet, the staff are the first people they are going to address. For this reason, no matter how well you scouted for workers in your gym, these boys and girls should undergo additional health and safety training.
Among other things, they should know which supplements to recommend and to advise members on how to properly put on a weight belt for lifting so they don’t injure their abdomen. Finally, they should have a keen eye on how to spot dangerous situations and prevent them, as well as have first-aid training just in case.
Introduce an Onboarding Program
Although members use the weights and other equipment on their own, it is still up to you to train them on how to do this properly and safely. The most cost-effective way to do this is through the introduction of an onboarding program. Its essential parts include displaying health and hygiene information, a friendly tour of the gym, demonstrating a couple of useful stretching and warm-up exercises, explaining the gym etiquette, and the available fitness or wellness program available to members.
Teaching the Members Proper Techniques for Each Exercise
If the onboarding program is successful, then you can expect fewer injuries to occur. However, injury prevents shouldn’t stop there, as members need constant directing on how to properly use the equipment and do exercises the right way. One of the most common injuries is picking up weights using the back, rather than bending the knees.
In fact, every exercise can be done in several right ways and hundreds of wrong ones. It is up to the staff to correct people who are biting more than they can chew in terms of fitness. As stated earlier, weight training is particularly dangerous, so take extra caution around members who practice it.
Staff Must be Qualified and The Gym Insured
From the person sitting at the reception desk all the way to personal trainers, the people working in your gym should all be highly qualified. You can make them undergo additional training but if their credentials are bogus, then it will all be in vain.
As far as gym ownership is concerned, the legislation in most countries states that self-employed entrepreneurs in the industry should have their own insurance. This insurance needs to cover all types of accidents and injuries. This is yet another level of safety that will make members feel more at ease while exercising.
Cleanliness is Half the Health
Most people join the gym because they wish to stay healthy. However, health goes hand in hand with cleanliness and personal hygiene so these should be a priority in your gym. You don’t need us to tell you that the gym should be cleaned but these sprees must be systematic and at regular time intervals.
If you hire a professional cleaning crew, the biggest cleanliness issue is going to be irresponsible members who don’t wipe down the equipment after use or use another person’s towel. These scenarios are fertile ground for the spread of bacteria and viruses so make sure that “bring your own towel and shoes” are at the top of the onboarding program’s list.
In order to ease and speed up the cleaning process, place sprayers with alcohol or some other sanitizer in the gym, as well as paper towel so members can clean the equipment after use. If there is spillage of a sugary drink, be sure to react at once and mop the floor instantly. Finally, the gym’s hygiene policy should be easy to understand end every member must accept it before receiving his or her membership card.
The Importance of Expert Supervision
Even if all the members know which exercises are good for them and hoe to use the equipment safety, they will still need supervision, at least at first. That is why it is essential that the staff on the gym floor are alert so they can spot a problem and immediately offer assistance.
In other cases, members will approach the staff on their own to ask for guidance. Finally, you should delegate members of staff or even helpful members to act as spotters for inexperienced bodybuilders. Spotters decrease the risk of injury significantly.
Owning a gym and joining a gym is an experience based on trust. The owners trust their members they will adhere to all the safety instructions and members trust the staff hired by the owners to help them stay safe and healthy. If you are able to maintain this fine balance through the 8 tips listed above, then expect both you and your gym members to stay well protected.
Bily Bum is an electrical engineer, tech, and gaming fan with 15 years of experience in the technology world. He uses every spare moment to workout to stay in shape. With his family and friends, he likes to go camping or picnicking where he enjoys the benefits of nature. He is also a contributor on the site Techiezer.