Risk and Safety

Team managers work with the OGHA's Risk & Safety Coordinator to ensure all required forms, certifications and training is completed, and submitted to the appropriate office. For more information, contact Colin MacLean, our Risk & Safety Officer, at risk.safety@ogha.info.


Risk and Safety Survey for 2019-2020 must be completed by ALL Activity Leaders (volunteers):

Concussion information and ROWAN'S LAW


OGHA Rowan's Law Day presentation - Concussions in Hockey (Dr. Sunita Nayar-Kingwell)


Rowan's Law achnowledgement form



Police Records Check.  

The OGHA requires that all head coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, managers (and others as recommended) be subject to a Vulnerable Sector Check. City of Ottawa/Gatineau residents requiring more information can visit the Ottawa Police Service website. Click on the link to access the OGHA Vulnerable Sector Check Volunteer letter to support your online PRC application- letter.


Respect in Sport.

All team officials (including but not limited to head coaches, assistant coaches, managers, trainers and Den moms) within the jurisdiction of the OWHA are required to be certified in the Respect In Sport for Hockey Canada Activity Leaders course.  Email risk.safety@ogha.info to receive the instructions and code to take the Respect in Sport training for free.


Gender Identity Course.

There is now a new published course in regards to Gender Identity by Hockey Canada that is highly recommended for Head coach’s and Staff to complete.  It is a free course and takes about 2 hours to complete.  The following link will bring you to the appropriate area to complete the course.  http://www.hockeyeasternontario.ca/pages/safety/gender-identity-training.htm


Dressing Room Supervision.

OGHA has developed their own Dressing Room policy which is based upon the Ontario Women's Hockey Association's Dressing Room Supervision Policy.  The Policy, which can be found here, generally states that  "When players under the age of 19 are in the team dressing room (pre-,during, post-practices and games)  two properly screened adults associated with the team shall be in the dressing room."  For OGHA's purposes, den mothers (properly screened) are considered team officials.



The OGHA is committed to providing an environment that is safe and respectful. It is the policy of the OGHA that there be no harassment, abuse, bullying or misconduct of any participant in any of its programs either through physical or virtual means. ( The OGHA Social Media policy can be found here). The OGHA expects every athlete, coach, assistant coach, trainer, manager, official, parent, guardian, family member, director, officer, volunteer, employee and chaperone within the Assn to take reasonable steps to safeguard the participants against harassment, abuse, bullying or misconduct.


Reporting Injuries and Concussions

All injuries that require medical attention and/or medical clearance to Return to Play must be reported by emailing the completed OWHA / Hockey Canada Injury Report (Form) to risk.safety@ogha.info. The OGHA Significant Injury - Return To Play must also be followed.


Additional Forms / Links


Hockey Canada Safety Essentials - Website

Hockey Canada Player Medical Information Sheet - Form