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Health and Safety Policy

Health and Safety at Work

This is the Health and Safety Policy Statement of Extended Hands.

Our statement of general policy is:

  • to provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities
  • to consult with our staff and volunteers on matters affecting their health and safety
  • to provide and maintain safe work environment
  • to provide information, instruction and supervision for staff and volunteers
  • to ensure all staff and volunteers are competent to do their tasks, and to give them adequate training;
  • to prevent accidents and cases of work-related ill health;
  • to maintain safe and healthy working conditions; and
  • to review and revise this policy as necessary

Responsibilities

Overall and final responsibility for health and safety is that of the trustees of Extended Hands. Day-to-day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice is delegated to a designated trustee. To ensure health and safety standards are maintained/improved, the following people have responsibility in the following areas: CEO/Director.

All stall/volunteers have to:

  • co-operate with supervisors and managers on health and safety matters;
  • not interfere with anything provided to safeguard their health and safety;
  • take reasonable care of their own health and safety; and
  • report all health and safety concerns to an appropriate person (as detailed in this policy statement).

Health and safety risks arising from our work activities

Risk assessments will be undertaken as of when necessary by designated trustee. The findings of the risk assessments will be reported to Chair/Trustees. Action required to remove/control risks will be approved by trustees. The trustees will be responsible for ensuring the action required is implemented. Chair/Trustees will check that the implemented actions have removed/reduced the risks.

Consultation with staff/volunteers

Extended Hands will consult with staff/volunteers on the following:

  • any new measure which may substantially affect their health and safety at work, for example new ways of working and new procedures
  • arrangements for getting competent people to help satisfy health and safety laws
  • the information we give to staff/volunteers on the risks to health and safety arising from their work, measures to reduce or get rid of these risks and what they should do if they are exposed to a risk, including emergency procedures
  • planning and organizing health and safety training and the information provided to staff/volunteers will be in a form that can be easily understood.

Extended Hands will consult directly with staff/volunteers through team meetings and face-to-face discussions. EH will allow enough time for staff/volunteers to consider the issues and give informed responses. Staff/volunteers are encouraged to ask questions, raise concerns and make recommendations. EH will take staff/volunteers views into account before a final decision is made, respond to any concerns and questions raised and explain the final decision and why it has been taken.

Monitoring

To check our working conditions, and ensure our safe working practices are being followed, we will carry out inspections and spot checks investigate any accidents or sickness absences that occur. A designated trustee will be responsible for investigating accidents. Chair/Trustees are responsible for investigating work-related causes of sickness absences. Chair/Trustees are responsible for acting on investigation findings to prevent a recurrence.

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