SHOTO Risk Assessment - COVID-19

SHOTO recognises that all risks cannot be reduced to zero, therefore this risk assessment prioritises the significant risks in line with Government Guidance. For all activities, Instructors will dynamically assess risks and put in place control measures and record as required.


This Risk Assessment should be read in conjunction with the latest Government Guidance (https://bit.ly/Govtguidelines).

As a result of COVID-19, SHOTO has produced this Risk Assessment to help our Clubs comply with the Government Guidelines. It is important to understand that these measures are taken in a bid to minimise the risk of COVID-19 being passed between participants whilst Training. SHOTO and our Clubs will do their upmost to provide a safe environment but take no responsibility for members who contract COVID-19, however contracted.

The responsibility for a safe training environment is shared between the Instructor and the members. Members must make their own risk assessment as to where, when or whether they will train.

Members have the responsibility to NOT train or attend the Dojo if they have any symptoms that may be in anyway related to COVID-19. Furthermore, if they have had contact with anyone who has, or is suspected of being infected with the COVID-19 virus they must NOT train and should follow government guidelines on isolation, timescales etc. The responsibility for the safety and well-being of those under 18 years of age is with the parent / guardian.

Please note that this risk assessment is by no means exhaustive or comprehensive – other risks may emerge. SHOTO will continue to work within the latest Government guidelines and therefore this risk assessment will be reviewed and updated as necessary.

Significant RisksPeople At RiskMeasures To Reduce RiskReview
Member has underlying medical condition which may be more affected by COVID-19.ALLSend out note to members to advise not to attend if having symptoms or showing signs.
Ask at each training class.
Infection transmission via airborne transmission.ALLAnyone with coughs or colds etc must NOT train nor enter dojo / Venue.
Change over between other classes using the dojo.ALLAllocate time between classes.
Work with Venue Management.
Infection transmission via airborne or physical contact whilst changing / showering.ALLMember should arrive in a freshly laundered gi and shower at home. Many venues’ shower facilities are closed.
Infection transmission by physical contact.ALLEncourage members to bring hand sanitiser – pre-entry and exit from dojo.
Infection transmission by physical contact with surfaces.ALLAvoid contact with door handles etc if possible. Wear gloves. Wash hands / hand sanitiser gel.
Parents/ spectators attending with members.ALLWait outside – due to limited space. Follow Government guidelines and guidance from Venue at all times.
Attendance register.ALLOnly one person records attendance.
No sharing of pens.
Infection Transmission via Cash / Cheques.ALLUse electronic payments in advance wherever possible.
Infection transmission by physical contact whilst training.ALLNo physical contact. Maintain physical separation in line with Government guidelines. Limit training time when members face each other.
Eliminate Kiai.

Training Guidelines For COVID-19

Please see below basic training guidelines. These may be modified as we have more information and/or government guidelines change. Members should make the Club Instructors aware of any underlying medical condition which may be adversely affect by COVID-19. These are all subject to guidance put in place by the Sports Centre / Venue Management.

InstructorsInstructors will have no physical contact with any of the training participants or attendees. Follow Government guidelines
regarding distance between Instructors and students.
Spacing / calculation of dojo capacityUtilise the full floor area of the Dojo to achieve the required separation. Follow Government guidelines. Do not exceed capacity. Work with Sports Centre / Venue Management.
Kihon (Basics)To be performed such that the recommended separation is maintained.
Kata (Forms)To be performed such that the recommended separation is maintained.
Kumite (Sparring)No physical contact. Distance between people should be in line with Government guidelines.
Infection transmission by physical contact whilst trainingEliminate Kiai especially if facing towards another member of the club.