General statement of Policy
Our policy is to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems for our employees and volunteers, and to provide such information, training and supervision as they need for this purpose. We also accept responsibility for the health and safety of other people affected by our activities.
The allocation of duties for safety matters and the particular arrangements we will make to implement the policy are set out below.
The policy will be kept up to date to reflect any changes in the nature of the business and it will be the responsibility of the Management Committee to ensure this happens.
- The Management Committee has overall responsibility for health and safety in the premises as well as for training if required and for carrying out periodic safety inspections. The Committee is also responsible for investigating and recording accidents and monitoring the maintenance of equipment.
- All employees and volunteers have a general responsibility to co-operate to achieve a healthy and safe workplace and to take reasonable care of themselves and others.
- Whenever an employee or volunteer becomes aware of a health and safety problem which they cannot rectify, they must report it immediately to the person in charge or to a member of the Management Committee.
- Staff and volunteers who work in contact with unsupervised children may be required to undertake DBS checks. Appropriate guidance will be provided.
The assembly point for fire drills and evacuation procedures is on Beaumont Road.
- The first aid equipment is located in the office and it is the responsibility of the Management Committee to ensure that it is fully stocked.
- The accident book is also kept in the office and all accidents must be recorded in it.
- It is the responsibility of all employees and volunteers to maintain the cleanliness and tidiness of the premises.
- All waste must be disposed of by appropriate means.
- Employees and volunteers are responsible for stacking and storing equipment and products safely. All throughways and fire exits must be kept clear at all times
- Emergency exit signs, fire extinguishers and emergency exit doors must not be covered or obstructed.
- There are three fire extinguishers. A carbon dioxide extinguisher in the kitchen and foam extinguishers by the front and back doors. These are maintained annually by KP Fire.
- Personal protective equipment (ie gloves and masks) is available for use as appropriate.
- The maintenance and repair of heating, electrical equipment and plumbing should be carried out by properly qualified trade contractors unless the Management Committee decides it can be carried out safely by other competent persons.
- Electrical appliances will be subject to PAT testing if felt necessary.