Health & Safety Policy
The policy applies to all staff, volunteers and anyone working with, or on behalf of, Wellbeing 4 Life CIC (hereafter referred to as “Motivated Minds”).
The aim of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and supporting legislation is to provide a safe working environment. The Act also places a legal responsibility on Wellbeing 4 Life CIC trading as Motivated Minds to comply with this law.
Health and safety is an integral aspect of our business and it is essential that everyone remains vigilant at all times. Everyone must be aware of the need to observe safe working practices and implement all controls, which have been identified, in accordance with the Risk Assessments. Everyone also has a legal and moral duty to report unsafe conditions, and if possible methods and means of achieving continuous improvement.
Policy / Guidance
This policy applies to all staff, volunteers or anyone working with, or on behalf of Wellbeing 4 Life CIC who trade as Motivated Minds. The purpose of this policy:
To keep staff, volunteers and clients safe by:
- Providing appropriate safety and protection so that members can fully participate in Motivated Minds activities
- Ensuring that the health, wellbeing and safety of each individual is always of paramount concern
- Ensuring that procedures and guidelines are kept up to date by regularly reviewing them.
To achieve our Health and Safety policy purpose, we are committed to the following duties:
- Meet the responsibilities placed on the organisation by Health and Safety Commission guidance and Acts of Parliament (see below)
- Undertake regular, recorded risk assessments of premises and all activities undertaken by the Motivated Minds on or off site
- Create a safe environment by putting health and safety measures in place as identified by risk assessment
- Ensure that all staff/volunteers are given the appropriate level of training to keep themselves safe by regularly assessing individual ability dependant on age, maturity and development
- Ensure that all staff and volunteers are aware of, understand and follow the health and safety policy
- Ensure that normal operating procedures and emergency operating procedures are in place and known by all staff, volunteers and, where appropriate, by clients
- Provide access to telephone, and make reasonable provision to first aid facilities, and if possible have a qualified first aider at the sessions, or signpost to nearest point
- Report any injuries or accidents sustained, by filling out the Accident & Incident Form (003a) and send directly to the Managing Director, Carla Andrews.
- Where Motivated Minds provides services for children and/or young people, ensure that a Child Protection Policy and procedures are in place and fully implemented
- Ensure that the implementation of the policy is reviewed regularly and monitored for effectiveness.
Each staff member, volunteer and client has a duty to:
- Take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by what they do or don’t do
- Co-operate with Motivated Minds on health and safety issues
- Correctly use all equipment provided by Motivated Minds or any of our partners
- Not interfere with, or misuse, anything provided for their health, safety or welfare.