Leisure buildings must have adequate lightning protection measures installed to keep staff and members of the public safe. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 makes it a legal requirement for workplaces to ensure the health and safety of their staff. If the employees work outdoors as well as indoors, this should be reflected in the risk assessment.
Any outdoor sporting activities must be risk assessed and a lightning safety plan put in place. In the case of outdoor activities, the weather should be monitored and a communications system installed to warn people who may be at risk. Safe structures and locations should be defined and listed.
Participants, staff and spectators must be made aware of potential dangers and how to minimise injury risks. A lightning protection system – designed and installed to comply with British Standard BS EN 62305 – must be installed in leisure buildings to protect the structure, visitors and equipment inside from lightning strikes and power surges.
Detailed surveys and risk assessments of the leisure centre’s electrical equipment must be carried out and an appropriate lightning protection system installed. In new leisure centres, lightning protection should be installed as standard, while older buildings which may not have adequate lightning and surge protection should be upgraded to meet the highest modern standards.