Health and Safety Policy

Statement of Intent

At The Three Degree Club, the health and safety of our customers, employees, and anyone affected by our operations is paramount. This policy outlines our commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy environment, particularly concerning the use of our ice baths. Our aim is to prevent accidents, injuries, and to minimize the risks associated with cold water exposure and the operation of our chillers. This commitment extends to ensuring compliance with all relevant health and safety legislation, codes of practice, and industry standards.

We recognize the potential hazards associated with the use of chill tubs and ice baths, and we are dedicated to implementing effective risk management strategies. Our objective is to provide a safe, controlled, and enjoyable experience for all users while maintaining the highest standards of health and safety.

 Health and Safety Guidelines

  • Consult with a Healthcare Professional:
    • Before starting any cold water exposure routine, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions, consult with a healthcare professional to ensure it's safe for you.
  • Gradual Acclimation:
    • If you're new to cold water exposure, start with shorter durations and gradually increase over time. This allows your body to acclimate to the cold.
  • Know Your Limits:
    • Pay attention to your body and know your limits. If you experience excessive discomfort or adverse reactions, exit the chill tub or ice bath immediately.
  • Supervision:
    • We recommend always having someone present to supervise your cold water therapy sessions, especially during the initial sessions. If engaging in breathwork sessions before or during the ice bath session this is essential to have supervision. Breathwork can lead to temporary loss of consciousness and is not to be done unsupervised in an ice bath or chill tub.
  • Temperature Awareness:
    • Be aware of the temperature of the water. Ensure it's within a safe and tolerable range for individuals.
  • Clothing Considerations:
    • Wear appropriate clothing to protect extremities from prolonged exposure to the cold. Consider using swimwear or thermal gear for comfort.
  • Hydration:
    • Stay hydrated before and after cold water exposure. Dehydration can affect your body's ability to regulate temperature.
    • Individual Health Considerations:
      • Pregnant women, individuals with cardiovascular issues, or those with respiratory conditions should seek advice from a healthcare professional before using chill tubs or ice baths.
    • Exit Protocol:
      • Have a systematic exit protocol, especially if the exposure is intense. Gradually exit the tub to allow your body to adjust to the change in temperature. Be mindful of wet areas around the ice bath or chill tub which could be a slip hazard.
    • Post-Exposure Warm-up:
      • After exiting the ice bath, warm up gradually. Use towels, warm clothing, or engage in light physical activity to increase circulation.
    • Emergency Preparedness:
      • Be aware of emergency procedures, including how to exit the tub quickly in case of discomfort, and have access to warm blankets or clothing nearby.
    • Regular Maintenance:
      • Regularly inspect and maintain ice bath to ensure it functions correctly and is safe to use.
    • Ensure outdoor ice bath safety by using waterproof electrical outlets and weatherproof coverings to shield it from rain. Elevate power sources, inspect components regularly and prioritize keeping the area dry. Consider professional installation for compliance with safety standards. Establish emergency shut-off procedures and educate users against use during heavy rain or storms. Integrate automatic weather sensors for an extra layer of precaution. Use outdoor outlet covers to protect outlets when not in use.

    By implementing these arrangements, The Three Degree Club is committed to creating an environment where the potential risks associated with ice baths are effectively managed, ensuring the safety and well-being of all stakeholders. This health and safety policy will be continuously reviewed and updated to reflect changes in technology, legislation, and industry best practices.