With over 300 participants every term, Kindy Gym is a popular City of Joondalup Leisure Short Course (LSC) program that runs Monday to Friday. It’s a long running program that utilises various pieces of soft play equipment set up as an obstacle course for local children. The process to set up and pack away is intensive and all equipment is stored in a large storeroom next to the sports court.
Across all LSCs, there had been feedback and staff changes which identified gaps in the course progress, equipment, classes, and the ability to train staff. To address these issues the City:
Recruited new staff across LSC.
Affiliated with UWA’s KIDDO – a program being rolled out within school and Early Learning Centres across Australia (supported by the government of Western Australia and Healthway).
Mental health issues are increasingly prevalent throughout organisations; 1 in 5 Australians are
diagnosed with a mental health condition every year (such as depression, anxiety and substance use).
The City engaged with LGIS for a proper manual task risk assessment to identify the factors affecting their staff.
Our injury prevention team used the LGIS manual task risk assessment to assess the Centre on its ‘kindy gym set and pack down’ task. The review identified hazardous manual tasks such as repetitive and awkward manual handling, lifting and moving of awkward objects, and dealing with objects that are unstable or difficult to grasp.
The manual task risk assessment paved the way for a much needed review of Kindy Gym equipment. A number of key items were flagged as difficult to move or damaged. Our report provided feedback and recommendations to the City around staffing, equipment condition, manual handling and potential body parts at higher risk of injury.
To complement our assessment process, LGIS injury prevention consultants also provided manual task focus sessions to the Kindy Gym staff. The Centre Manager stated “It was a beneficial session for the staff as it gave some good talking points and ways to approach and identify key issues and potential hazardous manual tasks. As a result the staff felt more at ease in moving the equipment around, and reduced the overall time spent setting up for the program.”
Post LGIS assessment process, the City identified gaps but faced several challenges in implementing the recommended actions.
Some of these challenges include:
After LGIS’ manual task risk assessment and suggested recommendations, City of Joondalup’s Craigie Leisure Centre implemented a number of changes that have improved the program and reduced the risk of injury to staff.
These changes include:
Overall the manual task risk assessment and outcomes have been extremely beneficial for the program. Although staff and customers were required to adjust to change, the program remains stronger than ever and the safety of all has been made a higher priority.
It was April 2022 when the LGIS injury prevention team visited Craigie Leisure Centre (CLC) to review the Kindy Gym program.