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Health & Safety Policy

1. Purpose

1.1 PDF recognises their duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the accompanying protective legislation.  To the best of their ability the charity's Trustees, managers and staff shall discharge their responsibilities to meet the requirements of this legislation so as to ensure that we maintain a safe and healthy working environment to minimise risk.  Our board of trustees, managers and staff are informed of their responsibilities to ensure they take all reasonable precautions, to ensure the safety, health and welfare of those that are likely to be affected by our undertaking.

1.2   PDF recognises so far as is reasonably practicable the duty to ensure the following:

  • The Principal Officer of PDF is the named health and safety officer and may delegate to others the day to day responsibilities. 
  • To provide and maintain a safe place of work, safe systems of work, safe equipment and a healthy and safe working environment.
  • To ensure that all hazards are identified and regular assessments of risks are undertaken, with particular attention to fire, lone workers, and to communicate such information in a suitable form to those persons affected by those activities.
  • To provide information, instruction and training as is necessary to ensure employees and others are assured of a safe and healthy working environment.
  • To ensure the health and safety of the general public and visitors arising from the work activities of PDF, with particular reference to the user groups within the building eg disabled and infirm persons.
  • To encourage, act on and disseminate any formal or informal advice given by the Heath and Safety Executive, Local Authority and Fire Service, regarding health safety and welfare within a charitable organisation such as PDF.
  • To promote the awareness of health and safety and encourage health and safety best practice throughout our organisation.
  • To ensure we are taking appropriate protective and preventative measures, for our employees, voluntary workers, general public and visitors.
  • To ensure that we have access to competent advice and are able to secure compliance with our statutory duties

3   In order that we can achieve our objectives, and ensure our employees and voluntary workers recognise their duties under health and safety legislation whilst at work, we must ensure that we inform them of their duty to take reasonable care of themselves and others that may be affected by their activities. We ensure our employees and voluntary workers are informed of their obligations to ensure they cooperate with management and adhere with PDF safety rules.

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4.  Approval and Amendment History

 Authorised at Trustees’ Meeting held June 2011

 Amendment History

Issue

Date

Changes

Rationale

1

June 2011

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