Lighthouse Central Health & Safety Policy

updated 060319

Definitions

Throughout this policy, the term ‘Lighthouse’ shall be taken to mean, collectively:

Lighthouse Beaconsfield, Registered Charity No. 1151896
Lighthouse Bourne End, Registered Charity No 1180779
Lighthouse Burnham, Registered Charity No. 1182190
Lighthouse Cressex, Registered Charity No. 1140689
Lighthouse Hazlemere, Registered Charity No. 1109488
Lighthouse High Wycombe, Registered Charity No. 1114541
Lighthouse Langley, Registered Charity No 1181000
Lighthouse Mansfield, Registered Charity No. 1164680
Lighthouse Marlow, Registered Charity No. 1178062
Lighthouse Princes Risborough, Registered Charity No. 1178119
Lighthouse Thame & Villages, Registered Charity No 1179483
Lighthouse Central, Registered Charity No. 1169839

General Policy Statement

Lighthouse attaches great importance to the health, safety and welfare of our volunteers and all who use facilities provided by us and who are involved in activities organised by us. To this end we aim to ensure that all activities carried out or undertaken by our volunteers are managed in a manner to avoid, reduce or control foreseeable risks to the health and safety of any person who may be affected by those activities as far as reasonably practicable whilst providing an environment that is supportive of our activities.

We will adopt and implement policy and procedures that are compatible with and acknowledge the duties imposed by the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, (the HSWA) and related Codes of Practice and regulations that apply to our activities.

We will achieve this by:

  • Ensuring that anyone who may be affected by our activities is not exposed to undue health and safety risks.
  • Carrying out suitable assessments of the health and safety risks to which volunteers and those participating in our activities may be exposed and minimise those risks as far as is reasonably practicable.
  • Establishing clear organisational and procedural arrangements to effectively carry out our duties.
  • Providing a safe working environment for volunteers including a fire risk assessment.
  • Providing equipment that is maintained in a safe condition at all times.
  • Establishing emergency procedures for actions to be taken in the event of fire, incidents, accidents, dangerous occurrences and illness and ensure that fire drills and tests of fire points/detectors/emergency lighting are undertaken regularly.
  • Ensuring the safe storage, handling and labelling of any hazardous materials.
  • Providing relevant information, advice, training, instruction and supervision.
  • Consulting with volunteers on health and safety matters.
  • Implementing appropriate procedures for the effective monitoring and review of this policy, our organisational arrangements and our health and safety procedures.
  • Encouraging a positive attitude to health and safety and ensuring that all staff, by example, promote safe practice.

 A donlaodable one-page template of the overall health and safety arrangements for each local Lighthouse is here  Template for HealthSafety Policy 100318 which is set out in the standard format recommended by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and is completed by the local Lighthouse each year as a requirement of Insurance Cover.