This policy reflects the legal obligations placed on organisations, especially employers, by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (as amended).
This document spells out the required commitment, support and action from everyone involved in CDT’s activities, whether or not working within CDT, and is central to the ongoing effective management of Health and Safety.
CDT should undertake a Risk Assessment. When CDT has five or more employees, it will need to record the significant findings of this Risk Assessment.
CDT will take all reasonably practicable steps to provide and maintain a healthy and safe environment for all its Board Members, Volunteers, Employees, Contractors, Service Users, and any other people who may be affected by its activities. CDT aims to eliminate or control risks, so far as is reasonably practicable. CDT recognises that all Board Members, Volunteers, and Employees have an important contribution to make to the overall organisationalhealthandsafetyculture, andwillmake it clear tothem that the Health, Safety and Welfare of colleagues is a sharedresponsibility.
The policy will be delivered by:
Undertaking a Risk Assessment annually which will identify and assess the risks associated with all CDT’s activities;
Reporting quarterly to the CDT Board on Health and Safety performance, reporting relevant accidents and incidents to the Health & Safety Executive as appropriate, and evaluating performance annually;
Ensuring Board Member, Volunteer, and Employee awareness of this Policy, related Procedures and Risk Assessment, both on appointment and annually;
Allocating sufficient resources to meet the requirements of this policy;
Generating a positive culture towards Health and Safety;
Ensuring that Procedures are in place for Board Members, Volunteers and Employees to raise Health and Safety concerns, and that all are aware of these Procedures.
CDT Board Members are responsible for this Policy and for CDT’s culture relating to Health and Safety.
The most senior CDT Employee is responsible for:
Policy implementation, monitoring and review, to ensure risks are eliminated, reduced or controlled;
Ensuring effective communication of the Policy to all Employees;
Ensuring that sufficient resources are available to enable compliance with the Policy.
All CDT Employees are responsible for:
their own acts or omissions and the effect that these may have upon the Health and Safety of themselves or anyone else. The Board of CDT accepts the main responsibility for the implementation of this Policy, individuals are legally obliged to co-operate to ensure a Healthy and Safe working environment. All Employees must:
avoid taking unnecessary risks;
set a good example to others, especially young or inexperienced workers;
work in accordance with any Health and Safety instruction or training that has been given;
bring to the attention of a responsible person any Health and Safety issues they may have; and
familiarise themselves with the CDT’s Health and Safety Policy, Procedures and Risk Assessment.
Policy review anddistribution
This Policy and its Procedures, along with the Risk Assessment, will be reviewed annually. Relevant documents will be drawn to the attention of all Board Members, Volunteers and Employees, both on appointment and annually.
Health & Safety Procedures
Annual health and safetyreport
The annual Health and Safety Report should include the following information:
a description of CDT’s main functions and activities during the year;
detail of the progress of the Health and Safety Policy objectives;
Information on accident and incidents, including trends and lessons learnt;
Information on Health and Safety training provided;
Health and Safety objectives for the coming year.
CDT will monitor the activities of Contractors to ensure that any risks presented to Board Members, Volunteers, Employees, Service Users, members of the public or visitors are minimised. The commitment of all Contractors to Health and Safety shall be assessed. The Contractor’s own Health and Safety Policy Statement, safe system of work and Risk Assessments should be examined prior to awarding the contract. Health and Safety policies should be exchanged and the Contractor must be given details of any specific risks and of CDT’s monitoring arrangements.
3.0 How to Raise a health and safetyconcern
Step 1: Raise concern with any Board Member. If not resolved: Step 2: Raise concern with the Chair of CDT.