|Version number||Date of release||Policy owner||Authorised by|
|6.0||08 September 2023||Kieran Connolly, Chief Resources Officer||Board of Trustees|
Central YMCA (‘the Charity’) recognises and accepts that it is responsible for the health, safety and welfare of its employees when at work, and of all non-employees who have access to the services of the Charity. Our separate Health, Safety and Welfare Policy Statement is signed by the Chief Executive and displayed at all of the Charity’s premises.
This Health, Safety and Welfare Policy is a commitment to promote and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment, and systems of work for all our staff, Trustees, volunteers, learners, members, contractors, and any members of the public visiting our premises.
Whilst we will do all that is within our powers to ensure the health and safety of our staff and external stakeholders, it is recognised that health and safety at work is the responsibility of each and every individual associated with the Charity. The policy will therefore only be successful if hazards and incidents are reported promptly, and employees feel confident that all possible remedial measures will be taken to prevent a reoccurrence of any problem.
Employees are obliged to take reasonable care of themselves and others, to co-operate with management and to promote the health, safety, and welfare of all our stakeholders. This involves co-operation between employees at all levels and within the shared workplace.
This Policy is made up of two parts, comprising our organisational responsibilities and headline health and safety arrangements. It is supported by supplementary procedures, additional health and safety information and health and safety arrangements specific to our varied operations.
Success in fulfilling these responsibilities will be measured through regular auditing, reporting to the Board, regular management meetings and through the performance development review process.
Accepting that we cannot transfer our responsibility for managing health, safety and welfare in the workplace to others, we have retained Peninsula to help us meet this objective. They provide information and guidance on the effective management of health and safety, conduct routine audits and act as a source of advice and information.
Related Legislation and Guidance
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
- Employment Rights Act 1996
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
- Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
- Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
- Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009
- Health and Safety Executive Guidance
Board of Trustees
Overall responsibility for the policies and procedures that govern the work at Central YMCA.
Overall responsibility for ensuring Central YMCA’s resources are used effectively and appropriately.
Chief Resources Officer (Responsible Person and Policy Owner)
Overall responsibility for ensuring that the health and safety standards, policies and procedures in place are clear, maintained and implemented and in line with statutory requirements.
Responsibility for maintenance and communication of this policy and related procedures, risk assessments, audits and safe systems of work across the Charty
Heads of Operations, Departments and Line Managers
Responsibility for the detailed implementation of this policy and related procedures within their areas of operational responsibility. Ensuring appropriate risk assessments are undertaken and relevant health and safety training is undertaken by members of their team. Responsibility for reporting and escalating issues, near misses and any concerns to the Facilities Manager and/or Executive Team.
Health and Safety Representatives
Each operation has a designated Health and Safety representative responsible for the day-to-day monitoring of health and safety within their operational areas. Responsibilities include updating risk assessments, distributing policy details and ensuring all users of the relevant operation are familiar with the emergency arrangements for each site.
All Employees and Volunteers
- Co-operating with Line Managers to achieve a safe workplace.
- Co-operating on health and safety matters, taking reasonable care of their own health and safety.
- Reporting all appropriate health and safety concerns and incidents to their Line Manager and Health and Safety Representatives.
- Not interfering with anything provided to safeguard health and safety.
- Completing all relevant health and safety training provided by the Charity.