ORE COMMUNITY CENTRE HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY
Outcome Statement 1.0 Service users, staff and people who visit the day centre
Are in safe, accessible surroundings that promote their well being.
2.0 This is because the centre complies with the regulations and will:
► Make sure that service users, staff and others know they are protected
against the risks of unsafe or unsuitable premises by:
a. The design and layout of the premises being suitable for their needs and activities
b. Appropriate measures being in place to ensure the security of the premises
c. The premises and any grounds being adequately maintained
Compliance with any legal requirements relating to the premises
Take account of any relevant design, technical and operational standards and manage all risks in relation to the premises.
We aim to ensure that service users are able to attend activities at Ore Community Centre free from the fear of injury due to unsafe systems of work in the home.
2.3 We aim to ensure that staff work in a safe way at all times and report any hazards that they find in the centre.
2.4 We aim to provide sufficient information to ensure that everyone entering the premises is aware of their roles and responsibilities in relation to Health and Safety issues.
Health and Safety Policy Statement
3.0 Ore Community Centre respects the duties placed upon it by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and concomitant protective legislation, as recognised by the English Judicial System.
3.1 The Manager is responsible for the health, safety and welfare of all those who work or visit the premises.
3.22 The Manager is further responsible for ensuring the continuing suitability and effectiveness of the monitoring and implementation of the Health and Safety Policy in the building. This should include keeping systems and people updated of legislative changes that from time to time may be introduced.
3.3 In compliance with all sections of this procedure, the centre will ensure that as far as is reasonably practicable service users are:
► Provided with a safe place. This should include the provision and maintenance of safe appliances, apparatus and a safe and healthy working environment
Provided with such information, training and instruction as may be required to ensure the health and safety of all people taking part in the activities at the centre and to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations 1989.
3.4 In order to recognise and comply with both statutory and Common Law duties, the centre has put in place such insurances as may be required to indemnify against liabilities for death, injury and (or) disease suffered by the service users.
3.5 All staff and volunteers should co-operate to carry out Health and Safety duties.
3.6 Ore Community Centre recognises its duties towards the general public set out in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Occupiers Liability Acts 1957 and 1984. The centre regards the scope and extent of its duties to be compatible with this legislation.
3.7 This policy applies to all staff lawfully employed by the centre and volunteers. We ask that all service users, relatives, supporters and visitors respect this policy. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action being taken against staff and may result in moves being made to exclude others from the centre.
3.8 The Manager of the centre will be prepared to discuss this policy (and other policies and procedures) with any member of staff and volunteers at any reasonable time.
3.9 The Health and Safety Policy, its application and implementation will be reviewed annually.
3.10 This policy is made available to each service user in a format which is appropriate to their needs and understanding.
3.11 The Health and Safety Policy has been approved by the Manager.
Overall Health And Safety Policy
3.12 We believe that service users, staff and visitors should be provided with a safe environment which embraces all aspects of their life.
We are committed to this in relation to Health and Safety at the day centre by the following:
3.13 Service users and others who work in or visit the premises can be confident that in relation to design and layout, the home:
Ensures the premises are suitable for their needs and activities.
Takes account of identified risks.
Meets the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and associated regulations and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and other relevant legislation.
Ensures the premises protect people's rights to privacy, dignity, choice, autonomy and safety.
Ensures the premises have space, heating, lighting and ventilation that conform to relevant and recognised standards.
Ensures the premises are accessible to people who need to enter the premises and meet the appropriate requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
► Ensures the premises are free from preventable offensive odours.
► Ensures the premises are designed and operated in a way that takes account of guidance from expert bodies in relation to specific needs.
> Takes account of the safety needs of people who enter or use the premises, including the safety of children and other vulnerable people where they are permitted to enter. Ensures that all safety precautions are in place and tested with regard to all specialist equipment that are physically fixed to the premises. Ensures care is taken to maintain a suitable and comfortable environment for treatment having regard to the impact from equipment in use.
► Ensures the premises reflect Department of Health published guidance.
3.14 Service users, staff and visitors can be confident that, in relation to design and layout:
► Medical gas cylinders and pipe lines are properly installed and maintained in accordance with manufacturers' instructions and patient safety communications relating to these are followed. There are arrangements and licences in place for the safe collection, classification, segregation, storage, handling, transport, treatment and disposal of clinical waste in line with current waste legislation.
> Arrangements are in place to meet the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 as amended. Where premises are altered or their use is changed, the continued safety and suitability of the premises is assessed.
3.15 Service users, staff and visitors can be confident that, in relation to security of premises and grounds:
► There is a risk assessment of unauthorised access relevant to the type
of premises, the services provided and the needs of service users, and they implement and review procedures to take account of the risk assessment. Security arrangements are in place to protect service users, staff and visitors who have access to the premises and any associated grounds. Measures are in place to protect the personal possessions of service users.
3.16 Service users, staff and visitors can be confident that, in relation to maintenance of premises and grounds, renewal and service continuity:
► There are clear procedures, followed in practice, monitored and
reviewed, which cover:
a. How the premises are maintained
b. The identification, assessment, management and review of risks
c. Where necessary the prevention, collection, storage, handling, transport, treatment and disposal of waste.
Plans are developed and implemented for the adaptation of the premises in response to changes in:
a. The needs of service users
b. Design, technical and operational guidance issued by appropriate expert bodies
c. Relevant legislation.
> Appropriate risk assessments are undertaken regarding the safety and suitability of the premises in which support is delivered.
3.17 Service users and staff understand:
→ What to do in the event of an emergency.
3.18 Service users, staff and visitors can be confident that in relation to design and layout, the premises:
► Are designed and adapted so that people can move around and be as independent as possible and meet the appropriate requirements of the Equality Act 2010 (formerly the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 - repealed in October 2010).
► Have safe and secure storage facilities, including storage for the private
belongings of service users. > Have sufficient toilets that take into account people's diverse needs and promote their privacy, dignity and independence.
3.19 Service users, staff and visitors can be confident that, in relation to design and layout:
> The management of electrical, heating, safety and building facilities complies with statutory requirements and manufacturers' instructions and are managed to minimise risk.
There are fully planned and practised fire evacuation procedures.
3.20 Service users, staff and visitors can be confident that, in relation to maintenance and renewal:
► There are clear procedures, followed in practice, monitored and reviewed, which cover:
a. What will happen in the event of electricity, water or gas supply failure
b. What will happen in the event of a fire or flooding
c. Other emergencies that occur on the premises
→ There are systems in place to ensure that the décor of the building is maintained and refreshed. The management of risk includes the prevention and control of Legionella.
3.21 Service users, staff and visitors can be confident that in relation to design and layout, the premises:
> Have space for social, therapeutic, cultural and educational activities that meet the needs of service users.