Health & Safety including Risk Assessment
|1 Statement of General Policy|
|1.1 A safe and healthy working environment is essential for nurturing excellence and the wellbeing of our members and the general public. The Elphin, Ledmore & Knockan Community Association Ltd (ELKCAL) is committed to progressive improvement in health and safety performance leading to standards beyond legal minimum requirements. To achieve this, we will ensure that health and safety is integrated with other core management functions and that all our directors are equipped to carry out their responsibilities. We are committed to encouraging active participation by consultation and communication at all levels in the Association. Safety performance is monitored by means of regular inspections and audits, contributing to the review and development of health and safety policy.1.2 ELKCAL recognises the importance of, and has made arrangements for:|
|i managing health and safety at all levelsii consultation with members on health and safety matters;
iii information and training in respect of health and safety risks and precautionary measures;
iv expert advice from Safety Advisers and other specialists;
v regular monitoring and reviewing.
2 Responsibilities of ELKCAL Members and Visitors to Elphin Community Hall
|2.1 Members of ELKCAL and visitors to the community hall must:|
|i take care that their actions do not put themselves or other people at risk;ii follow health and safety instructions/rules;
iii report any faults or shortcomings in health and safety arrangements to the event organiser.
2.2 Everyone has a duty not to damage or deliberately misuse any equipment provided for their health and safety – this is a breach of ELKCAL policy and is a criminal offence
3 Publicising Policies
3.1 Copies of the ELKCAL Health and Safety Policy, and other documents dealing with health and safety matters, are available to all on the ELKCAL website. Lettings policy indicates the responsibilities of the event organizer. Fire Action Notices are displayed in the hall.
4 Fire Action
4.1 On discovering fire:
i Sound alarm.
ii ONLY if you are trained, fight the fire, but without endangering yourself
4.2 On hearing fire alarm:
i Leave the building by the nearest exit.
ii. Help direct members and visitors.
iii. Go immediately to the assembly point indicated on the Fire Action notices.
iv Do not re-enter a building until given the ‘all-clear’ to do so. The silencing of the alarm is not the all clear.
v The event organiser must take responsibility for ensuring the premises are clear of people
5 First Aid
5.1 If you require first aid treatment, please contact the event organizer.
6 Accident Reporting
6.1 All accidents must be reported so that the causes can be identified and action taken to prevent a recurrence. Don’t delay in reporting accidents, however trivial they may seem at the time.
6.2 If you suffer an injury, sudden illness or ‘near miss’ while on ELKCAL premises, you should:
i get first aid/medical help if needed;
ii ask for a Report Form from the Event Organiser;
iii complete the details about yourself and the injury, illness or ‘near miss’;
iv if anyone saw the accident, etc. give their name(s) and address(es) as witnesses;
v any first aider who gives treatment for your injury or illness should complete the first aid/treatment given section of the form;
vi sign the form, with the date that you completed it, and give it to the Event Organiser;
vii if you cannot complete Report Form immediately yourself, someone else can do this for you
7 Risk Assessment
7.1 ELKCAL is committed to careful and regular examination of hazards associated with activities and premises to prevent harm to its members and the public.
7.2 A director authorised by the Committee will identify all potential hazards (taking full account of any issues that are reported independently to the Committee). An evaluation of the level of risk, current control measures and any additional control measures required will be logged using Highland Council’s recommended procedure.
7.3 ELKCAL will ensure that all legally required checks and maintenance related to Fire and Electrics, are carried out by recognised providers.
7.4 The Event Organiser is required to communicate all risk assessments to relevant parties.
Agreed: October 2011
Review: October 2014