The Ministry of Education provided updated measures to support in-person learning on January 17, 2022

Sample Safety Checklist – Outdoor Facilities

Each school must develop a procedure for regular inspection with appropriate follow-up.

Site name:
Inspection date:
Time:
Inspected by:

Basketball Backstops

  • Backboards in good condition
  • Rims secure and straight
  • Pole anchors stable, in good condition and covered
  • Poles corrosion-free
Yes
No
Follow Up/Action/Next Steps:

Basketball Playing Surface

  • Asphalt level and free of holes and broken asphalt
  • Level playing surface, good drainage
  • Free of ruts, trash and animal feces
Yes
No
Follow Up/Action/Next Steps:

Bee Nests

  • Area is free of nests
Yes
No
Follow Up/Action/Next Steps:

Benches/Bleachers

  • Free of protruding nails, splinters, cracked or rotted wood
  • Anchors to ground safely covered
Yes
No
Follow Up/Action/Next Steps:

Goalposts (soccer, football)

  • Wooden posts free of rot, cracks and splinters
  • Posts free of corrosion
  • Posts secure
Yes
No
Follow Up/Action/Next Steps:

Jumping Pits and Runways

  • Runway level free of holes, ruts, trash and animal feces
  • Sand at appropriate level and free of rocks, glass, etc.
  • Boards free of rot and splinters
  • Provides safe traction
Yes
No
Follow Up/Action/Next Steps:

Metal Fencing

  • Clips and attachments safely secure
  • Fencing tight and secure to frame
  • No holes in fence or at ground level
  • Anchors to ground stable, in good condition and safely covered
  • posts corrosion-free
Yes
No
Follow Up/Action/Next Steps:

Potential Outdoor Hazards (for example, trees, exposed roots, posts, streams)

  • Hazards identified to all supervisors and participants
  • Warning signs and barriers are displayed
Yes
No
Follow Up/Action/Next Steps:

Softball Backstop

  • Fencing, clips and attachments safely secure
  • Fencing tight and secure to frame
  • No holes in fence or at ground level
  • Anchors to ground stable and safely covered
  • Posts corrosion-free
Yes
No
Follow Up/Action/Next Steps:

Softball Playing Surface

  • Level ground with good drainage
  • Free of holes, ruts, trash and animal feces
Yes
No
Follow Up/Action/Next Steps:

Stairs

  • Clear of obstacles
  • Treads in good condition
  • Railings secure
  • Wooden sections free of protruding nails, cracks or splinters
Yes
No
Follow Up/Action/Next Steps:

Track

  • Provides safe footing
Yes
No
Follow Up/Action/Next Steps:

Walking and Playing Surface

  • Asphalt areas level and free of holes and broken asphalt
  • Grass and dirt areas free of holes and ruts
  • Clear of broken glass, cans, rocks, animal feces, etc.
  • Free of drainage problems
  • Clear of trip hazards (for example, exposed footings, roots or other environmental obstacles)
Yes
No
Follow Up/Action/Next Steps: