Health and Safety

Our club takes the health and safety of our members and visitors very seriously.  Please take the time to acquaint yourself with this information .

The Club is committed to ensuring full compliance with all current versions of the Health and Safety in Employment Act, the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations, Codes of Practices and any other relevant Standards, Guidelines or Legislation.

To meet this commitment the Club will provide healthy and safe working conditions for all members, contractors and visitors at the Club site. This is to be achieved through a commitment to:

  • Consultation between the Club committee and members in health and safety management and practices
  • Conducting health and safety meetings quarterly
  • Taking all practical steps to identify hazards at the Club and to eliminate, isolate or minimise them
  • Providing safe environment for all members and any others that may come onto the Club site or who otherwise come into contact with Club activities
  • Accurately reporting and recording of all Club site incidents, near misses and accidents and identifying appropriate follow up to avoid recurrence

In the case of an emergency call “111”.  If required there is a telephone in the Club House just inside the front entrance.

Cardiac Arrest
In the event of an emergency the club has an AED in the cupboard downstairs. Your member key provides access.

Other locations with an AED (in order of closeness to the Club):

  • St Heliers Bowling Club, Goldie Street (Open every day 8.30am – 8.30pm)
  • St Heliers Public Library, 32 St Heliers Bay Road (Mon - Fri 9.00am – 6pm/Sat 9.00am – 4.00pm/Sun 12.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Life Pharmacy, 23 St Heliers Bay Road (Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 6pm/Sat: 9.00am – 4.00pm/Sun: closed
  • Outside the hours above the Fire Brigade station in Long Drive also has an AED.

Other Medical Problems/Accidents
There is a first aid kit upstairs in the kitchen.  This contains the usual supplies for minor problems.
If a trained first responder is not available helpful practical information is available on the St John Ambulance Website
The University of Auckland suggests using the acronym SRABCDS to assess the condition of the patient, which stands for the following:


Don't put yourself or others at risk to attend to an injured person

Check that the area is safe for you, other people and the patient - if it's not, wait until emergency help arrives.


Get a response from the injured person as a check for consciousness - shake them gently and shout

If no response, call 111 and ask for an ambulance

If they're conscious, check for other injuries


If there is no response, turn the person on their side and check that their airway is clear of obstructions


Check for breathing. Is the patient's chest rising and falling? Are they making breathing sounds? Can you feel their breath on your cheek or hand?

If they're not breathing roll them on their back. Tilt their head and lift their jaw to open their airway. Seal their nose, cover their mouth and give five quick breaths.

If they are breathing put the patient in a stable side position and check for other injuries


Feel for the patient's pulse in the groove beside their Adam's apple

If there is no pulse, start CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or if you don't have this skill, call for help.


Attach AED as soon as available

Follow the prompts from AED

Severe Bleeding

Check for Severe Bleeding

As with most sporting clubs, apart from the inherent risk of injury from the participation in a reasonably vigorous sporting activity, the other hazards that members and visitors face are of a more mundane nature, and can generally be avoided with common sense.  Examples include a risk of falling in relation to:

  • The step down from the lower deck to the grass below
  • The exterior stairs
  • The interior stairs
  • The raised concrete nib at the gates that provide access to courts 1-5

Other hazards may not be immediately apparent or may only be present at certain times of the year.  Examples include:

  • The courts have less space behind the base lines and between the court than is usual
  • The wooden decks and stairs can be slippery if wet particularly during winter months
  • The courts can be slippery if moss is present and the surface is wet.

Finally as tennis is an outdoor activity members and guests should make sure they have adequate protection from the sun.

Please let the Committee know of any other hazards that you know exist now or that you

Accidents & Near Misses
If you suffer an injury while at the Club or experience an incident that could have resulted in an injury, please report the details to a member of the Committee as soon as possible.  It is important that the Committee is able to consider the circumstances and decide whether any steps can be taken to avoid future occurrences or mitigate their consequences.


In the event of a fire:

  • Sound the alarm using the button on the wall outside the kitchen upstairs or on the wall by the door into the Coaches' room downstairs
  • Call "111" and ask for the fire services
  • If safe to do so and the fire is a small fire in the kitchen area, use the dry powder extinguisher on the wall to try to put out the fire
  • Leave the building using the appropriate doors: Downstairs: the main entry door, the door at the bottom of the internal stairs or the door onto the grass at the back of the Club House. Upstairs: one of the four doors opening onto the deck (release bolts - top and bottom)
  • Assemble on the footpath opposite the grounds

During an earthquake:

  • If you are outside, then drop into a curled up position, cover your head with hands and arms and hold the position until the quake has stopped
  • If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, drop and take cover under a solid object such as a told and hold
  • Move to higher ground immediately in case a tsunami follows the quake

After an earthquake:

  • You should expect to feel aftershocks
  • Help those around you if you can
  • If the Club House is damaged and you are inside, try to get outside and find a safe, open place
  • Do not go sightseeing to look at the damage the earthquake has caused
  • If you see sparks, broken wires or evidence of electrical system damage, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box if it is safe to do so (located in the cabinet on the wall at the base of the internal stairs)
  • Listen to the radio for information and advice.

St Heliers Tennis Club Health & Safety Manual