Health & Safety Policy

Health and Safety Policy for Ripple Parish Hall

 

The Health, Safety and Welfare of all those managing, using and visiting Ripple Parish Hall is paramount at all times.

 

The Management Committee and Trustees of the Charity, although having no legal requirement to record Health and Safety assessments, and as the “Manager” of nondomestic premises, recognises and accepts its general duties under The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 to ensure that the premises are safe and that risks are assessed and managed, so far as is reasonably practicable.

 

The policy of the Management Committee is to take reasonably practicable measures in relation to the

management of Ripple Parish Hall, to comply with all legislative requirements and codes of

practice relating to the duties which it has, in order to:

 

  1. 1.        provide healthy and safe working conditions, equipment and systems for our Committee

        Members and Hirers;

2.     keep the Parish Hall and equipment in a safe condition for all users;

3.     provide all necessary support and information to Hall users, hirers and outside contractors.

 

The Committee will work in the furtherance of these aims by:

a)   identifying and assessing risks;

b)  recording assessments and regularly reviewing them;

c)  eliminating or controlling risks;

d)  monitoring compliance and work conditions;

e)  establishing a clear, sensible and practical safety organisation and arrangements.

 

DUTIES

 

All Committee Members, Hirers, Contractors and Users of the Hall are expected to recognise and

accept their duties:

 

a)  to follow health and safety instructions and to report dangers;

b)  to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and other persons who

      may be affected by their acts and omissions;

c)  as regards any duty imposed on the Committee, to co‐operate so far as is necessary, to

     enable that duty to be performed or complied with.

 

ORGANISATION

 

General Responsibilities:

a)  All persons have responsibility for ensuring that their actions do not compromise the

      health and safety of themselves or any other person on the premises.

b)  Anyone who observes a practice or potential hazard, that could compromise the health

      and safety of any person, has the responsibility to act to remove such danger and further

      to report such incidents in the Incident Book for the attention of the Committee.

c)  Any person noticing potentially hazardous, broken or ineffective equipment has the

     responsibility to remove such equipment from use immediately, to draw attention to

Parish Hall Management Committee, and identify defects by the use of appropriate means             (e.g. a warning label) and to note such action in the Incident Book for the attention of the Committee.

 

Hirers are responsible for:

 

a)  complying with all conditions of hire, as set out in the Hiring Agreement, and for ensuring

      that their organisation/party conducts its activities in line with such conditions,

      particularly in respect of compliance with all safety requirements and safety notices.

      Hirers may have responsibilities above and beyond these with regard to insurance and

      statutory requirements relating to their particular organisation/activity;

b)  ensuring familiarity with fire safety checks (e.g. keeping fire exits clear) and evacuation

      procedures;

c)  designating a responsible person at each hiring/event who will take charge of evacuation

      in case of emergency;

d)  ensuring that highly flammable substances are not brought into or used in any part of the

      premises;

e)  seeking the consent of the Management Committee before erecting any internal

     decorations that may contain combustible materials and ensuring that any allowed

     decorations are not placed near light fittings or heaters;

f)   checking that, if any portable electrical equipment is brought onto the premises, it is safe

      for use/has been P.A.T. tested. 

 

Contractors are responsible for:

a)  safe working practices in respect of themselves and their employees and for meeting

     their statutory obligations with regard to Health & Safety legislation and Public Liability

     Insurance;

b)  having regard to the safety of hall users when working on the premises and/or in respect

     of anything left/stored on the premises;

c)  advising the Committee of any flammable or toxic substances that may be used in the

      course of work on the premises.

 

The Committee are responsible for:

 

a)   ensuring that all Committee Members, Hirers, Contractors and Users of the Hall are

      aware of the Health and Safety Policy;

b)   ensuring that the Health and Safety Policy is fully implemented;

c)   monitoring compliance with Health and Safety guidelines;

d)   regularly assessing and reviewing risks and recording such risks;

e)   keeping an 'Incident Book' in which any incidents or actions that have, or might have,

      affected the health and safety of any person may be reported and in which any defective

      or broken equipment may be noted;

f)   taking such action as may be necessary to rectify the situation, to correct faults or to

     arrange repair of equipment to ensure health and safety and noting such action;

g)  making such arrangements and releasing such funds as may be necessary to assist in the

     implementation of this Policy;

h)  making such representations to Committee Members, Hirers, Contractors and Users of

      the Hall, as may be necessary to ensure their co‐operation with Health and Safety Policy,

      particularly with regard to their actions and activities while on the premises;

i)   co-operating with Hirers, Contractors and Users of the Hall in pursuance of Health and

     Safety requirements.

 

The Health and Safety representative on the Committee (unless another office is stated below) has been delegated by the Management Committee to manage the following:

 

  • First Aid Box - Check and replenish stocks at least twice per year

 

  • Checking Incident Book/Reports prior to each Committee meeting or as advised of

incidents. - Instigate any actions necessary to remove risks e.g. repairs. Report to committee at each meeting or as soon as necessary. Ensure any changes to the Risk Assessment are instigated.

 

  • Reporting Accidents/RIDDOR - Minor accidents to be logged. Report to committee

at each meeting or as necessary. Ensure any changes to the Risk Assessment are instigated. Complete RIDDOR forms as necessary.

 

  • Information to Hirers (Bookings Secretary) - For each booking check that new hirers have read and agreed to 'Terms and Conditions'. When amendments made to policy/Risk Assessments contact all hirers to inform and gain their acknowledgement.

 

  • Information to Contractors  - Liaise with contractors (including self‐employed persons) before work is started. Gain their acknowledgement that they have seen the Health &

Safety Policy/Risk Assessments and are aware of their responsibilities.

 

  • Risk Assessments/Monitoring - Complete Risk Assessment forms, monitor and update as necessary. Report to committee at each meeting and advise relevant people to inform hirers/contractors as necessary if amendments are made.

 

  • Fire Risk Assessments/Monitoring - Complete Fire Risk Assessment, monitor and update

as necessary. Report to committee at each meeting and advise relevant people to inform

hirers/contractors as necessary if amendments are made.

 

  • Annual/regular Testing/Safety Certificates - Make arrangements for regular inspections

electrical appliances, fire extinguishers, electrical installations, fire alarms.  Keep relevant certificates and display copies on notice board as required.

 

  • Safety Notices - Produce and display relevant safety notices in appropriate areas, including copies of Fire Evacuation Procedures and Floor Plans.

 

  • Implementation of Policy - Co‐ordinate overall management of policy, including amendments and annual review

 

 

PROCEDURES

 

The H&S policy document will available to download from the Village Hall website –

www.rippleparishhall.com

 

All hirers will be expected to read through the whole of the Standard Hiring Conditions and sign the

hiring form as evidence that they agree and accept these conditions. The hiring conditions will inform

all hirers about safety procedures at the hall, which they will be expected to follow (e.g. fire

evacuation; use of equipment; reporting of incidents/accidents).

 

All contractors will be made aware of Health & Safety Policy, any identified risks and their

responsibilities.

 

The Committee member with specific responsibilities for aspects of Health & Safety will report to The

Management Committee at each committee meeting.

 

The full policy will be reviewed annually, with risk assessments and necessary amendments being

made as necessary throughout the year. Such amendments will be appended to the policy documents

and made known to Committee Members, Hirers, Contractors and Users of the Hall.

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES TO BE ADHERED TO

 

These guidelines are provided to assist users in fulfilling their Health & Safety responsibilities.

 

Premises

The entrance must be clear of obstacles and hazards at all times that people are entering or

leaving the building.

Wet floors must be made safe by the application of an absorbent, non‐slip surface until such

time as the floor can be thoroughly dried.

The premises should be adequately heated, such heating to be used in accordance with

manufacturers’ instructions and to be adequately maintained and regularly serviced.

Radiators and pipes should not be allowed to become excessively hot and heating controls

should be checked and adjusted accordingly.

Water should not be heated above 60 degrees Centigrade.

Any floor coverings should lie flat and edges should not be allowed to curl up.

Spills must be cleared up quickly to prevent slipping.

Any concerns regarding any electrical installation, plug, lead etc must be notified to the

appropriate person/authority immediately.

Any electrical equipment where there are signs of damage, exposure of components or water penetration etc. must not be touched or operated.

All hirers should acquaint themselves with the position of the fuse box/main switch.

Electrical leads must not be allowed to trail across floors or from areas where they might be

pulled or become caught up.

Fire extinguishers will be regularly serviced and all persons should fully acquaint themselves

with the position and mode of operation of all extinguishers.

All hirers must make themselves aware of the procedure to follow in the event of fire.

All hirers should be aware of the position of Fire Exits and must ensure that these are kept

clear at all times.

As good practice hirers should have a method to account for the number of persons present

during their hire.

If the oven/cooker is in use it should not be left unattended, even for a short time.

Kettles should not be over‐filled nor should the leads be left to trail over the edge of the worktop.

Children should not be in the kitchen

All cleaning solutions etc. must be kept out of the reach of children.

Due care should be exercised in the car park area.

All equipment should be adequately maintained to ensure that there are no sharp edges,

loose screws, splinters etc. and that it is fit for purpose.

Any freestanding equipment should be sturdy or adequately secured to prevent it from being

moved or toppled.

All persons should exercise care in storage areas, both while removing and replacing items.

Each person is responsible for ensuring that any item they stack or replace on a shelf cannot

fall or be knocked and so cause injury.

Care should be exercised when pulling the loaded chair trolley from the stores. When open/closing tables or stacking chairs be mindful of the potential for injury to hands/fingers if due care is not exercised.

Hirers are responsible for the safety of people on the premises during the period of their hire

and should supervise as necessary.

 

Working Practices  - It is your responsibility to protect yourself from injury when lifting, carrying, pulling or pushing. In order to do this the following guidelines should be observed:

 

Do not attempt to lift anything that you know to be beyond your capability.

Ask for help with large, heavy or awkward items.

Where possible, lighten the load, separate items so that they are more manageable.

When lifting heavy objects bend your knees and keep your back straight, ask for assistance if

necessary.  Similarly with reaching to remove/replace something on a high shelf or to position something on the wall above head height, it is your responsibility to protect yourself from injury, as well as to safeguard others by acting responsibly. In order to do this the following guidelines should be followed:

Ensure that you are sufficiently elevated to see what you are doing, do not attempt to pull

something from a shelf above head height without first checking that it is safe to do so.

Use an appropriate ladder or step to enable you to reach, do not stand on chairs, not only

could a resultant fall cause you injury but could also lead to the injury of others nearby.

Ask for help if necessary.

Do not work at height, on steps or ladders until they are properly secured and another person is present.  Wear suitable protective clothing/eye protection when undertaking tasks that may involve contact with toxic substances or dust/debris etc.

 

Hygiene - In the interests of health good hygiene practices are essential. The following guidelines should be observed:

 

Disposable paper hand towels must be provided.

Plastic gloves should be readily available and should be worn at all times that there might be

contact with body fluids e.g. when cleaning toilet areas or for dealing with spilt blood from

whatever cause.

All surfaces at which food is to be prepared or eaten must first be thoroughly cleaned with an

appropriate cleaner.

Hands must be thoroughly washed before food preparation.

 

First Aid - A well stocked and appropriately labelled First Aid Box is available in the main kitchen  

 

Accident Report Forms - These forms are used to record all cuts, bumps, falls etc. as well as more serious accidents and are available in the forms rack in the main kitchen.

The important details to be recorded are:

 

the name of the casualty

the date, time and place that the incident/accident occurred

the cause of the accident i.e. what happened

a brief description of the injury (if any) sustained

the first aid (or other) treatment administered and by whom

whether or not medical aid had to be sought

the name of the person who dealt with the incident.

 

Incident Book - Any person being aware of any practice, action or incident that has, or could have been, injurious to the health of any person, has a duty to record such incident in the Incident Book for the attention of The Management Committee.

 

Any person discovering a faulty or broken piece of equipment should take appropriate action to

remove or make safe such equipment and should record all details in the Incident Book for the

attention of The Committee.

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