Do Safety Standards Mean More Liability?

Sports organizations weigh their options

Many Sadler sports organization clients struggle with the question of whether or not to set safety or risk management standards. On one hand, they are necessary to protect against spectator and participant injuries. On the other hand, failure to follow your own standard can result in an allegation of negligence and a General Liability claim. This problem is magnified by organizations that rely on volunteer staff and are unable to adequately police the standards that have been set.

What to do? Mandate a standard? Strongly recommend it?

I came across an excellent blog post on Sports Waiver written by attorney Charles “Reb” Gregg on this topic. The authorĀ is a proponent of setting reasonable standards and believes that the potential liability for not following a standard isĀ overstated.