THE HRA TO MAKE BODY PROTECTORS MANDATORY FOR STABLE STAFF
Published: Monday 23 Oct 2006
At its meeting on Monday 16th October the HRA Board approved the introduction of a rule that will make the wearing of Body Protectors whilst mounted mandatory for stable staff. The decision was taken following a recommendation from the Industry Health and Safety Group.
The recommended body protector must conform to BS EN 13158:2000 Level 1, BETA 2000 Standard Level 1 or SATRA Jockey Vest Standard Document M6 Issue 3. This is the standard used for licensed jockeys whilst race riding and will be a minimum level required for stable staff. Trainers will undertake their own individual risk assessments to decide if a Level 3 body protector should be used.
The new rule, which is currently being drafted, will come into effect in early 2007 although there will be a rolling out period of around 6 months to allow equipment to be purchased. This will also enable employers and stable staff to be educated and advised on fitting them correctly.
An industry implementation group, chaired by the BHB’s Industry Recruitment & Training Department, has been set up to ensure the smooth transition of the new ruling into the industry.
John Bridgeman, Chairman of the HRA said, “When the HRA Board last considered this matter we declined to introduce a rule as current legislation, supported by the Horseracing Industry Red Book, covered the matter adequately.
“However, as the Industry Health and Safety Group, which includes a representative from the Health and Safety Executive, made a specific request with the support of the whole industry, we had no hesitation in passing a rule to make body protectors mandatory for stable staff whilst mounted.”
Bill Adams, General Secretary of the Stable Lads Association said, “I am delighted that all stable staff will in future be offered the same protection when mounted that jockeys have.”
Baroness Ann Mallalieu, Chairman of the Stable and Stud Staff Steering Group said, “On behalf of the Donoughue Commission Steering Group, I am very pleased that common sense has prevailed.”
23rd October 2006
NOTES FOR EDITORS
The Industry Health and Safety Group includes representatives from the National Trainers Federation, Stable Lads Association, British Horseracing Board, the Horseracing Regulatory Authority, British Racing School, Northern Racing College, Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association , the National Stud and the Health and Safety Executive.