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HEALTH AND SAFETY. For Rotary District 1220 and its Member Clubs. HEALTH AND SAFETY. Oh No!. Tony Petitt BA CEng CMIOSH Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner [Rotary Club of Bretby] District 1220 Health & Safety Officer. My Job.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

For Rotary District 1220

and its

Member Clubs



Tony Petitt BA CEngCMIOSH

Chartered Safety & Health Practitioner

[Rotary Club of Bretby]

District 1220 Health & Safety Officer


My Job

  • To ensure that you are aware of the Law and of the requirements of RIBI and District 1220.

  • To provide advice to you, and to your Clubs, on Health & Safety matters.

  • To provide you with the tools to enable you to comply with the Law, the advice and best practice.


My Job

The District Website will soon contain a Health and Safety page

[look under ‘District’]


My Job

You will be able to access the following:

  • The District H&S Policy

  • District Risk Assessments [for Conference, Assembly etc.]

  • Draft Club H&S Policy for download and use by your H&S Officer

  • Club Risk Assessment form for download and use by your Club H&S Officer or designated member(s)

  • Topical advice for you and your H&S Officer

  • A copy of this presentation



Your Job

As President of your Club, is to ensure that

you comply with the requirements of

RIBI and with the advice provided by RIBI

and District 1220 by having in place.

A Health & Safety Policy

Risk Assessments

covering each activity

that could present a risk to your members

or others affected.


Your Job

You must also appoint a Club H&S Officer,

or take on that role yourself, to head the Club’s H&S activities.


Your Job

  • Through me:

  • you must notify District of the name of your Club H&S Officer.

  • you must send District a copy of your Club Health & Safety Policy.



The Law

There is a danger that a Club, or the District could find itself being made an example of, if it did not have in place what was considered by the HSE, or insurers, to be sufficient training and safeguards.


The Law

The main piece of Health & Safety legislation is:

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act - 1974

This sets out the general duties that

employers and others

have towards employees and

those affected by their work activities.


The Law

But wait a minute, I hear you say!

That was the

Health & Safety AT WORK Act

and referred to employers,

employees and work.


The Law

You will say that my Club is not an employer,

our members are not employees and

we do not participate in ‘work’

And you would be quite right, but:


The Law

The Health & Safety Executive [HSE] with

The Charities Safety Group

have published a guidance document:

Charity and Voluntary Workers

This sets out HSE advice that is

applicable to us and to the activities

that we undertake. It states:


The Law

“In general, the same health and safety standards should be applied to voluntary workers as they would to employees exposed to the same risks….

HSE considers it good practice for a volunteer user to provide the same level of health and safety protection as they would in an employer/employee relationship, irrespective of whether there are strict legal duties.”


The Law

There is still a grey area, where organisations

such as ours are concerned, but it

seems unlikely, in my opinion, that

a Rotary Club and/or its Officers

would be prosecuted by the HSE under

the Act in the case of an accident causing

injury or death to a member of a Rotary Club

or to a member of the public.

HOWEVER:


The Law

In this litigious world, there is still the possibility

that we could be faced with a

claim for damages, or at worst a

prosecution brought by an individual or

their family.

HOWEVER:


The Law

There is good news.

If we organise our Clubs’ Health & Safety

in line with “Charity and Voluntary Workers”

we would be held to have taken all

possible precautions to avoid injury

or death to our members and others

affected by our activities.



It is a requirement of ribi that districts and clubs have in place

Health and Safety Policies

Risk Assessments covering Rotary Activities

It is a requirement of RIBI that

Districts and Clubs have in place:


What is a health safety policy

Club H&S Policy

A H&S Policy is a statement of a Club’s intention with regard to the Health & Safety of its Members and those affected by its activities.

What is a Health & Safety Policy?



  • The Club’s Statement of General Policy is:

  • To provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our activities

  • To consult with our members on matters affecting their health and safety

  • To carry out Risk Assessments for all activities affecting members and others

  • To provide and maintain (where appropriate) safe items of plant and equipment

  • To ensure (where appropriate) safe handling and use of substances

  • To provide information, instruction and supervision for members

  • To ensure that all members are competent to carry out any tasks assigned to them by the Club, and to provide them with appropriate guidance

  • To prevent accidents

  • To maintain (where appropriate) safe and healthy working conditions for members and others

  • To appoint, annually, a Club Health & Safety Officer

  • To annually review and revise, where necessary, this Policy.

Club H&S Policy



What is a risk assessment

Club Risk Assessments

  • A Risk Assessment is a careful examination of all aspects of an activity, as they affect the health & safety of those taking part.

  • What are the potential hazards?

  • Have we taken enough precautions to control the risk from those hazards?

  • Could we do more to prevent harm from happening?

What is a Risk Assessment?




What is a hazard something or someone with the potential to cause harm

WHAT IS A HAZARD?

Something or someone

with the potential to

cause harm

Working at height


WHAT IS A RISK?

The likelihood that a particular hazard will give rise to harm.

Risk reflects both the likelihood and severity of the harm

Injury/death after fall – very likely!


What is a hazard something or someone with the potential to cause harm1

WHAT IS A HAZARD?

Something or someone

with the potential to

cause harm

Working at height


Same hazard as before

Injury/death after fall – very unlikely!

WHAT IS A RISK?

The likelihood that a particular hazard will give rise to harm.

Risk reflects both the likelihood and severity of the harm


What is a hazard something or someone with the potential to cause harm2

WHAT IS A HAZARD?

Something or someone

with the potential to

cause harm

Heathrow, Terminal 3, 1st floor

Not very apparent


WHAT IS A RISK?

The likelihood that a particular hazard will give rise to harm.

Risk reflectsboth the likelihood and severity of the harm

Heathrow, Terminal 3, 1st floor

Still not very apparent!


In fact: a man was killed here

WHAT IS A RISK?

The likelihood that a particular hazard will give rise to harm.

Risk reflectsboth the likelihood and severity of the harm

Heathrow, Terminal 3, 1st floor


Benefits of

compliance


protection

First & foremost

Benefits


protection

Benefits

Protects District,

Protects Club and Officers,

Protects Club Members,

Protects the Public.


protection

Benefits

Protects against:

Injuries from our activities,

Insurance claims,

Bad publicity for Club, District and RIBI.


protection

Benefits

Helps compliance with Health & Safety Legislation

Removes or reduces hazards or risks

Promotes safe working practices


protection

Benefits

Improves image

  • [good PR for Rotary]

    Improves confidence

  • [in the Club]

    Improves reputation

  • [of Club, District & RIBI]



remember

HAZARD

&

RISK


remember

HAZARD

I can’t be bothered with this

Health & Safety business – too

many more important things to do.


remember

RISK

  • Someone injured

  • The Club, and you, prosecuted or sued

  • You bring the names of your Club,

    • District 1220, RIBI and Rotary into disrepute




Thank you for

your attention

Tony Petitt


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