Emergency preparedness in fitness facilities : Bridging the gap between policy and practice

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Sekendiz, Betul, Norton, Kevin, Keyzer, Patrick, Dietrich, Joachim, Coyle, Ian R., Gray, Shannon and Finch, Caroline F.. (2018). Emergency preparedness in fitness facilities : Bridging the gap between policy and practice. International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management. 8(1), pp. 71-85. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJBCRM.2018.090595
AuthorsSekendiz, Betul, Norton, Kevin, Keyzer, Patrick, Dietrich, Joachim, Coyle, Ian R., Gray, Shannon and Finch, Caroline F.
Abstract

Fitness facilities are an important contributor to economies through preventative health policies of governments. Therefore, it is crucial that they are capable of ensuring the health and safety of their users during emergency situations under relevant work health and safety (WHS) legislation. This study aimed to analyse emergency response preparedness in fitness facilities in Australia and develop evidence-based strategic recommendations, using a mixed methods approach. An onsite observational audit tool and in-depth interviews were conducted at a sample of regional and metropolitan fitness facilities. The results showed that fitness facilities showed a lack of operational emergency response practices that requires an integrated approach to risk management by fitness facility operators. This gap between policy and practice has significant implications for all stakeholders involved in fitness service provision, including government agencies, academia and industry governing organisations.

Keywordsfitness facilities; risk management; safety; emergency preparedness; emergency response; policy development; observational audit; fitness industry
Year2018
JournalInternational Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management
Journal citation8 (1), pp. 71-85
PublisherInderscience Publishers
ISSN1758-2164
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1504/IJBCRM.2018.090595
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85058083445
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Page range71-85
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Online12 Mar 2018
Online12 Nov 2017
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