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Health and Safety Policy

Health and Safety are as important to us as the other objectives of the company. This policy is kept up to date, particularly as the company changes in nature and size, and will be reviewed at least once a year.

Statement of Policy

Actual Signs will provide adequate control of health and safety risks arising from work activities, provide information and instruction to staff and maintain safe and healthy working conditions.

Staff have the following responsibilities under Health and Safety law, and volunteers are asked to follow these guidelines whilst acting as a volunteer with Actual Signs:

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974:
  • To take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of others.
  • To use all equipment correctly.
  • To follow instructions and training procedures aimed at promoting their health and safety.
Under the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1992:
  • To work according to training and instructions.
  • To inform their line manager or volunteer coordinator of any issue which presents a potential hazard to health and safety and of any shortcomings in health and safety arrangements.

It is not possible to detail every single health and safety issue that may arise on a day-to-day basis; therefore it is vital that staff and management are aware of their personal and collective responsibilities.

Health and Safety - Five Steps to Risk Assessment
 STEP 1:Look for the hazards
 STEP 2:Decide who might be harmed and how
 STEP 3:Evaluate the risks arising from the hazards and decide whether existing precautions are adequate or whether more should be done
 STEP 4:Record the findings and inform staff. The assessment needs to be suitable and sufficient, not perfect. There is no need to show how it has been carried out.
 STEP 5:Review the assessment from time to time and revise it if necessary, preferably on an annual basis or when significant changes are made to the workplace etc.