Motorsport Australia continues to develop and enhance the information, systems, guidance resources and tools used to address health and safety requirements, manage risks and provide a consistent structure to support our stakeholders.
The safety first framework and supporting systems underpin our commitment to a safety first culture and provides our stakeholders with the systems and tools required to run safe and successful motorsport events and activities.
Safety First Strategy
We are pleased to officially launch our safety first strategy 2020-2022 which provides a roadmap for the future state of health and safety at Motorsport Australia.
The success of our strategy will be underpinned by our collective involvement, commitment and accountability for creating and maintaining a safe, healthy and environmentally responsible workplace for all.
We are committed to supporting our strong safety culture by enabling our people to work safely and productively.
Our strategy places particular emphasis on our leaders to influence and drive proactive health and safety behaviours through engagement, visibility and the implementation of our strategic initiatives.
Chief Executive Officer
Event Site Inductions
A site induction provides information on the health and safety requirements, hazards and risks and critical operations relevant to the particular venue where the event is being run.
The site induction gives the organiser the opportunity to advise or reiterate any site specific requirements, such as entry and egress points, location of the medical centre, speed limits, critical risks and controls, environmental issues and other relevant health and safety information.
Refer to the following resources for conducting site inductions:
Health and Safety Management Plan
Motorsport Australia has developed a health and safety management plan to outline the overarching risk and safety management provisions to be implemented by Motorsport Australia, Motorsport Organisations, Clubs, Circuits and Event Organisers for the safe and efficient management of motorsport activities and events.
This plan is intended to outline the minimum risk and safety management provisions for motorsport activities and events, stakeholders may use this resource or their own equivalent health and safety management plans.
Refer to the following resources:
• Health and Safety Management Plan for Motorsport Activities and Events
OH&S / WHS Legal Requirements
Motorsport Australia and its stakeholders are obligated under law to satisfy the requirements of the respective State and Territory OH&S/WHS Act, Regulations and Compliance Codes / Codes of Practice.
These requirements include establishing health and safety systems and safe systems of work to address hazards and risks associated with motorsport operations and public safety. It is expected that due diligence is demonstrated by managing risks as far as reasonably practicable.
This obligation applies not only to persons involved with the organisation of all events held under the sanction of a permit issued by Motorsport Australia, but also to Motorsport Australia itself.
State and Territory Regulators provide comprehensive information and resources including links to Acts, Regulates and Codes. Refer to the following links to access State / Territory Regulator websites:
Safety Systems & Processes
Motorsport Australia has developed a suite of health and safety systems and resources including policies, management plans, checklists and guidance material.
These systems and resources are in place to assist event organisers and competitors with planning and implementing the required controls to ensure the safety of both the competition and the public environment.
Checklists and Resources
Motorsport Australia has developed a suite of checklists and guidance resources to assist with implementing health and safety requirements and addressing compliance obligations.
These checklists and resources also
form part of the respective permit application process (as applicable).
Clear to Steer
Year-round, drivers, crews and officials find themselves in hot, humid and sometimes poorly-ventilated environments. The colour of one’s urine is a quick indication of whether they are sufficiently hydrated; whereby the clearer
the urine, the more hydrated one is.
Based on this concept, Motorsport Australia has developed a hydration awareness program Clear to Steer, aimed at increasing education and awareness on dehydration and heat illness. The program is an important
initiative linked directly to the Motorsport Australia Safety 1st Strategy and is underpinned by robust research conducted by the Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS).
Clear to Steer aims to: decrease the risk of dehydration
and heat illness in participants at motor sport events by increasing safe hydration policies, environments, knowledge, skills and behaviours; support the health and wellbeing of Motorsport Australia members by providing hydration packs; promote goodwill
by supporting the active involvement of all volunteers in managing their safety and wellbeing; and promote the benefits of AIMSS by capitalising on recent research.
Clear to Steer will assist event organisers, officials, volunteers, competitors
and crews to understand the causes and effects of heat illness and dehydration, and to take the simple steps to minimise the risks during hot or humid weather.To view the Clear to Steer information booklet, click here.
Stop Sleep Survive
The Stop Sleep Survive provides information that enables Motorsport Australia members to be proactive in obtaining adequate quality sleep. The aim of Stop Sleep Survive is to educate motorsport participants about the effects of
fatigue and informing them of practical strategies to not only identify fatigue hazards during the planning and operational phases of motorsport events but also enable officials, competitors and volunteers to arrive at the start line prepared and refreshed
by understanding the importance and effects of fatigue in injury and fatalities in motor transport. Providing practical information and skills to manage fatigue. Generally contributing to health and safety by promoting the principles of the Motorsport
Australia Safety 1st culture.To view the Stop Sleep Survive information booklet, click here.