Health and Safety

Health & Safety Policy
October 2009

Everyone who attends Woodchip Green Gym is expected to act in a responsible manner and especially where the health & safety of members and any visitors to our work sites is concerned.

All our work-party tasks are suitable for volunteers. A Risk Assessment is carried out before each task and leaders will pass on details of any relevant site hazards. New volunteers will be shown how to use tools effectively and safely.

We take a first aid kit on all tasks and have several qualified first aiders in the group.

We keep our tools and equipment in good order so that they are safe to use. Tell the leader if you find an unsafe or broken tool.

When you come out with us, please…

Listen carefully to advice and instructions given by the work-party leader. Wear clothing suitable for the task and weather. Work boots or stout shoes. Personal protection equipment supplied e.g. gloves, goggles, safety helmets. Only use tools you have been trained to use and feel comfortable with. Follow instructions on safely carrying tools and placing them when not in use. Make sure that your actions never put anyone else in danger. Be aware that members of the public may be nearby when we are working and we must also guard their safety. Never work on your own away from the rest of the group. Always work with at least one other person. Tell the work-party leader and other members of the group if you notice any new hazard. Make the work-party leader aware of any personal medical conditions you think they should know about e.g. diabetes, back injury. Report to the work-party leader, any accidents and dangerous incidents. These will be recorded in the Accident Book and also used to try to improve safety in the future. There are several precautions you should take before attending Woodchip Green Gym tasks:

Please check that your tetanus protection is up to date. If you are recuperating from an illness or injury, or taking medication, ask your GP if you think there is any chance that you might be adversely affected by any physical exertion. Tell the work party leader if any new illness or injury should be added to the details already handed over when you first registered with Woodchip Green Gym. All Woodchip Green Gym volunteers are covered by our insurance policy for personal accident and public liability. In this respect, it is important that correct safety procedures are followed.

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