Policies & Procedures

Health & Safety Policy

PURPOSE AND SCOPE

The purpose of this Health & Safety Policy is to set out the centre’s statement of intent, organisation, arrangements and safety management system for health and safety and to provide staff with clear guidance on their roles and responsibilities in relation to health and safety.   

 

MONITORING OF POLICY

This policy will be monitored by the Management and Directors of the centre. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY STATEMENT

The Centre recognises that people are a key resource within the organisation and therefore fully accepts its responsibilities with regard to the health, safety and well-being of its staff, students within its care and where appropriate, visitors to its premises, and others who could be affected by its activities. 

The Centre will provide and maintain, so far as is reasonably practicable, working and learning environments, on and offsite, and systems of work, which are safe, without risks to health, and as a minimum satisfy the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and associated legislation. 

In recognising that staff have an important and beneficial contributory role to play in the management of health and safety arrangements, their participation in the consultation process will form an integral part in the planning and development of the safety management system. To assist in this process, effective arrangements for the communication of appropriate information will be formulated.   

It is recognised that the control of health and safety is a management function with each level of management/supervision accountable to the one above and responsible for the one below. 

Risks will be minimised by forward planning using competent staff trained and resourced to an appropriate extent whilst working to attainable standards. 

The Centre recognises that the effective management of health and safety plays an important role in its overall performance as an educational establishment by; 

  • reducing injuries and ill health

  • safeguarding students

  • protecting the environment and by the avoidance of unnecessary losses and liabilities. 

Health and safety performance will be subject to regular and routine monitoring, the results of which will be reviewed at least annually in order to maintain and improve where necessary the required standards.     

The Directors require each member of staff, as well as all students and visitors to the Centre to exercise their individual responsibility under health and safety legislation to ensure their acts or omissions do not adversely affect themselves or others; and to co-operate fully with the Centre and its management. 

Without affecting the generality of the above statement, the Centre will pay particular attention to the implementation of the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and associated legislation in so far as; 

  • The provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work, which are safe, and without risks to health. 

  • The production of arrangements in connection with the handling storage and use of any article or substance to ensure safety and an absence of risk to health. 

  • The provision of suitable and sufficient information training and supervision necessary for health and safety purposes. 

  • The provision and maintenance of workplaces which are safe and without risk to health. 

  • The provision and maintenance of working environments and adequate arrangements for welfare at work.  

This policy will be subject to review on at least an annual basis so as to ensure it continues to lead the development of standards of health and safety, which reflect the needs, and aspirations of the Centre.

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