Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Our Centre takes the maintenance of health and safety extremely seriously as a matter of both legal and moral importance. All staff will be familiarised with the provisions contained within this policy as part of their induction and be expected to act in accordance with them at all times.

The Centre aims to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all staff, young people, visitors and other individuals who may be affected by the Centre’s activities and actual existence. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and their associated Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) and guidance will be complied with at all times. The Manager and staff will always strive to go beyond the minimum statutory standards to ensure that health and safety remains the first priority.

The steps below will be actioned as a matter of course:
• Create an environment that is safe and without risk to health.
• Prevent accidents and cases of work-related ill health.
• Use, maintain and store equipment safely.
• Ensure that all staff are competent in the work in which they are engaged.

Responsibilities of the Management Committee, Manager and Staff Members Including Volunteers:
The identification, assessment and control of hazards within the Club is vital in reducing accidents and incidents. Both the Manager and staff are responsible for assessing risks to health and safety arising out of the Centre’s activities and introducing suitable steps to eliminate or control any such risk identified.

It is vital to ensure that health and safety matters are taken seriously by all members of staff and other persons who are affected by the Centre’s activities. Staff who has been found to have blatantly disregarded safety instructions or recognised safe practices will be subject to the procedures laid out in the Staff Disciplinary Procedures policy.

The Manager and Youth Workers hold responsibility and liability for ensuring that the Centre operates in a safe and hazard reduced manner. The Manger and the Committee are responsible for ensuring that staff both understand and accept their responsibilities in relation to health and safety procedures.

The Committee and staff will ensure that adequate arrangements exist for the following:
• Monitoring the effectiveness of the Health and Safety policy and authorising any necessary revisions to its provisions.
• Providing adequate resources, including financial, as is necessary to meet the Centre’s health and safety responsibilities.
• Offering adequate health and safety training for all staff.
• Ensuring that all accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences are adequately reported and recorded.
• Reviewing all reported accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences, and the Centre’s response, to enable corrective measures to be implemented.
• Ensuring that all staff and volunteers and any other adult who come into contact with children at the Centre has appropriate and up to date Criminal Record Bureau checks.

The Manager is responsible for the day to day implementation, management and monitoring of the Health and Safety policy. The Manager is required to report any matter of concern regarding the Health and Safety policy to the Committee if felt necessary.

The Manager will ensure that:
• An additional designated member of staff is made jointly responsible with them for the health and safety and risk assessment provisions at the Centre, as set out in this and other policies.
• Regular safety inspections are carried out and the reports accurately logged.
• Any action required as a result of a health and safety inspection is taken as rapidly as possible.
• Information received on health and safety matters is distributed to the all members of staff.
• An investigation is carried out on all reported accidents, incidents and dangerous occurrences.
• Staff are adequately trained to fulfil their role within the Health and Safety policy.

Staffs are responsible for ensuring that the provisions of the Health and Safety policy are adhered to at all times. As such, they are required to:
• Have regard for the Health and Safety policy and their responsibilities under it.
• Have regard for any health and safety guidance issued by the Manager or the designated member of staff, and act upon it whenever appropriate.
• Take reasonable care for their own health and safety as well as of other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.
• Take all reasonable care to see that the equipment and premises that are used by children, and the activities that are carried out at the Centre, are safe.
• Report any accidents, incidents or dangerous occurrences that have led to, or may in the future be likely to lead to, injury or damage, and assist in the investigation of any such events.
• Undergo relevant health and safety training when instructed to do so by the Manager.

Insurance
Every Child Matters – Being Safe, The Children Act 1989 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, place a number of legal responsibilities on the Club. Therefore, the Club has insurance cover appropriate to its duties under this legislation, including Employer’ Liability Insurance. Responsibility will, in most cases, rest with the Club, but staff will take reasonable care, both for themselves and other people who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work. If the Club is held responsible for any incident that may occur, public liability insurance will cover compensation.

Liability
Under provisions contained in the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, the Centre has a duty to ensure that both children and any visitors are kept reasonably safe. The parties named in the wording of the premises contract are responsible for this duty.