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HPC Health and Safety Policy

HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY

Harpsden Parish Council (“HPC”) believes in the pursuit of excellence in all its dealings with volunteers, employees and the public. Health and safety is an integral part of this service.

It is HPC’s policy to encourage all officers, members, volunteers and employees to be aware of their legal responsibilities and to be actively involved in developing a positive and progressive safety culture so that no one is exposed to risks to their health or safety as a result of the way HPC conducts its business.

In order to achieve the objectives of this policy HPC will comply with all of its legal duties by ensuring that they will:-

  • Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment.
  • Provide adequate control of health and safety risks arising from work activities.
  • Consult with officers, members, volunteers and employees on matters affecting their health and safety.
  • Put in place effective procedures for evacuation in the case of fire or other emergencies.
  • Lay down procedures to be followed in case of an accident.
  • Undertake risk assessments.
  • Provide information, instruction and supervision for officers, members, volunteers and employees to avoid hazards and contribute positively to their own and health and safety in the conduct of HPC business
  • Ensure all officers, members, volunteers and employees are competent to do their tasks, and to give them adequate training if necessary.
  • Aim to prevent accidents and cases of work-related ill health
  • Review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals.
  • Ensure that HPC complies with all relevant legislation.

All officers, members, volunteers and employees have a legal duty to co-operate with HPC in complying with all its statutory duties.  Each individual also has a legal obligation to take reasonable care for their health and safety and for the health and safety of people who may be affected by their acts or omissions.

Officers, members, volunteers and employees are responsible for reporting accidents or hazardous instances in a designated accident/incident book and to attend any training that promotes the health and safety as instructed by HPC.

Officers, members, volunteers and employees are responsible for the safekeeping of their own belongings.