Health and Safety Policies

Common Unity Stewards have overall responsibility for health and safety in the organisation, and for ensuring that it fulfils all its legal responsibilities. It recognises that it is the duty of Steward members to uphold this policy and to provide the necessary funds and resources to put it into practice.

The Common Unity Stewards are committed to ensuring that all of our activities are safe and will do whatever we can to provide for the health, safety and welfare of all staff, members and Communities ensuring that risks to volunteers, members and Communities are minimised at all times.

It will observe the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (“HASAWA”) and all relevant regulations and codes of practice made under it. 

This policy will be reviewed annually by the Steward Members. 

1.     The Stewards Responsibilities

The Steward member responsible for the implementation and monitoring of health and safety policies and recommending changes where necessary is Kandice Holmes.

All accidents or unsafe incidents will be investigated by Kandice Holmes on behalf of the Stewards as soon as possible and then to be reported to the committee at the next available committee meeting.

     The Stewards are responsible for

·       Assessing the risk to the health and safety of volunteers, members and Communities and identifying what measures are needed to comply with its health and safety obligations;

·       Ensuring that venues or vehicles used for trips are safe and without risk to health including safe ways of entering and leaving;

·       Ensuring that equipment is safe and well maintained;

·       Providing information, instruction, training and supervision to staff and volunteers are in safe working methods and procedures as required;

·       Encouraging members to co-operate in ensuring safe and healthy conditions and systems by effective joint consultation

·       Establishing emergency procedures as required;

2.     Staff Responsibilities

All Common Unity staff will ensure that:

·       They are aware of the contents of this safety policy

·       They comply with this policy

·       They take care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions or omissions

·       They will report all accidents, or unsafe situations, and any near misses (things which could have led to an accident),  to Kandice Holmes or another Steward member at once.

·       They record accidents or near misses at work in the accident book kept in the office safe.

·       They are aware of all fire procedures for the area in which they are working

·       If they identify anything which they think could be in any way unsafe, they will report it.


3.     Risk Assessments

The responsible Steward member Kandice Holmes will ensure that all premises and tasks are assessed in line with the current relevant legislation. Assessments will be repeated when there is a

·      trip or event to organise

·      change in legislation

·      change of premises

·      significant change in work carried out

·      transfer to new technology

or any other reason which makes original assessment not valid.

 4.     Training

 To comply with legislation and to promote the health, safety and welfare of volunteers, health and safety training will be provided as follows:

·      at inductions

·      on the introduction of new technology

·      when changes are made to venues

·      when training needs are identified during risk assessments.

 5.     Resolving health and safety problems

Any staff or community member with a health and safety concern must first tell the responsible Steward member.

If, after investigation, the problem is not corrected in a reasonable time, or the responsible Steward member decides that no action is required but the staff member is not satisfied with this, the staff member may then refer the matter to the Steward committee chairperson. This must be in writing.

If the staff member is still dissatisfied, the matter will be entered on the agenda for the next meeting of the Steward General Circle.