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Risk Mitigation Ymca Essay

4433 words - 18 pages

Introduction 1
Legal risks 1
Evaluation 1
Children/Members 2
Children 2
Camp Activities 2
Peer Assault 3
Staff / Operations 3
Workplace Violence and Harassment 3
Procurement and Operations 4
Privacy Breach 5
Injuries 5
Slips and falls 5
Equipment Injuries 6
Swimming Pools 6
Vandalism and Theft 7
Disease and Contraction of Illness 8
Financial Coverage 8
Conclusion 8
Appendix 9
Exhibit 1: Cooper Koo Family YMCA Under Construction 9
Exhibit 2: YMCA’s Purpose 10
Exhibit 3: 10
Exhibit 4: 11
Bibliography 13

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) YMCA has approved plans to convert the Pan Am Athletes’ Village located on Front and ...view middle of the document...

Legal risks
The Cherry Street YMCA faces the following operational legal risks:
1. Negligence
2. Contract
3. Professional Liability
4. Occupier’s Liability
5. Vicarious Liability
6. Fiduciary Duties
7. Product Liability
8. Assault and Battery
These risks will be addressed through identification of the categories in detail below.

Category | Event | Probability (1-10) | Severity (1-10) | RiskFactor (P x S) |
Children/ Members | Supervision of Children | 5 | 9 | 45 |
| Camp Activities | 2 | 8 | 16 |
| Peer Assault | 6 | 4 | 24 |
Staff/Operations | Workplace Harassment, Violence & Discrimination | 7 | 5 | 35 |
| Procurement & Ops Contract Breaches | 6 | 5 | 30 |
| Privacy Breach | 4 | 3 | 12 |
Injuries | Slips and Falls | 5 | 8 | 40 |
| Equipment Injuries | 5 | 8 | 40 |
| Swimming Pool Related Incidents | 5 | 8 | 40 |
| Disease & Contracted Illness | | | |
Misc. | Vandalism & Theft | | | |
As a choice destination for many children and youth, the YMCA provides these groups access to their facilities and a wide array of programs that help them in improving their health, social interaction and general well being. The YMCA faces many legal risks with this age group such as assault, battery, negligence and vicarious liability through potential violent acts committed by employees.
Risk Management Plan
In dealing with individuals who have not reached the age of majority, a higher standard of care and supervision are required by law to the above groups in relation of the torts of negligence and Occupier’s Liability Act in Ontario. Members who have not reached the age of 18 are not bound by waivers that release the YMCA from injuries caused through intentional or unintentional actions such as negligence. Even waivers signed by parents and guardians on behalf of children and youth are not enforceable by law.Although children and youth are exposed to the same “slip and fall” risks as adults are, their naïve and careless nature make them more vulnerable as they are less likely to take precaution or read warning signs when they are at the YMCA. Furthermore, these two vulnerable groups are targets of predators who may be lured by the YMCA, as they know that there are many opportunities to interact with these groups.    
Other than placing cautionary signs that are seen at most YMCAs, the centre should make it mandatory for all individuals under the age of 18 to attend orientation sessions that describe the risks and dangers that are present including assault and harassment at the facilities as well as the centre’s code of conducts. After each session they should be tested on the key contents and failure to pass the test will prohibit the members from joining the YMCA until they are able to pass the assessment for e.g. over 80%. The centre should also limit the number of children and youths when there is not...

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