|Health and Safety Policy|
The Friends of Midsummer Common (FoMC) Committee has overall responsibility for health and safety in the organisation, and for ensuring that it fulfils all its legal responsibilities. It recognises that it is the duty of Committee members and volunteers to uphold this policy and to access the necessary funds and resources to put it into practice. The FoMC Committee is committed to ensuring that all its activities are safe and it will do whatever it can to provide for the health, safety and welfare of all members, volunteers and visitors and ensuring that risks are minimised at all times. It will observe the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and all relevant regulations and codes of practice made under it.
The Committee will appoint a Community Orchard Manager to be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of health and safety policies and recommending changes where necessary. All accidents or unsafe incidents will be investigated by this person on behalf of the Committee as soon as possible and then reported to the committee at the next available committee meeting. This person is responsible for:
All FoMC Volunteers will ensure that they:
The Community Orchard Manager will ensure that all tasks are assessed in line with the current relevant legislation. Assessments will be repeated when there is:
To comply with legislation and to promote the health, safety and welfare of volunteers, health and safety training will be provided:
Resolving health and safety problems
Any volunteer with a health and safety concern must first tell the Orchard Manager. If, after investigation, the problem is not corrected in a reasonable time or manner, or the Orchard Manager decides that no action is required but the volunteer is not satisfied with this, the volunteer may then refer the matter to theFoMC Committee Chair. This must be in writing. If the volunteer is still dissatisfied, the matter will be entered on the agenda for the next meeting of the Committee.
This policy will be reviewed every 3 years, unless there are changes to legislation and/or difficulties in practical application.