This is the Health and Safety Policy Statement of: Bidford Area Community Choir
Our statement of general policy is;-
To take reasonable and practical action:-
• To provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from the activities of the Choir • To consult with our choir members and helpers on matters affecting their health and safety • To provide and maintain safe plant and equipment whenever possible • To ensure safe handling and use of materials • To provide information, instruction and supervision to choir members and helpers • To ensure all choir members and helpers are competent to do their tasks and to give them adequate instruction • To prevent accidents and cases of ill health relating to the activities of the Choir • To maintain safe and healthy conditions within which the Choir may conduct its activities • To review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals.
Signed …………………………… ................................................
Name ………………………..…………… .Alan Walker......................
Position H&S representative...……… .. BACC Chair ..........................
Date … 29 February 2017……… . 29 February 2018................ Review Date March 2018.......... . March 2018
Health and safety considerations: The elderly residents could fall - each of the residents have wrist bands that they can use to alert help if this happens. Site visits will be made to new venues
Risk Assessments are a fundamental requirement If you don’t know, or appreciate where the risks are, you are putting yourself, team and audience in danger. All work activities that could cause harm are considered in order to decide whether we are doing enough to meet our legal obligations. This is a minimum requirement. If it is reasonably practicable to do so, event leaders should consider doing more than the legal minimum.
The aim should always be to reduce the risks as much as is 'reasonably practicable'. 'Reasonably practicable' is a legal term that means people must balance the cost of steps that they could take to reduce a risk against the degree of risk presented. When calculating costs, the time, trouble and effort required should be included and not just the financial cost.
What does a risk assessment cover?
This will depend and may vary depending on the nature of the work. However, assessments must consider everyone who could be affected by that activity.Some groups are considered more vulnerable, such as young persons under 18 and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The legislation specifically asks us to consider the risks posed to these groups and put in place additional controls if they are required.
Legal duties and obligations around Risk Assessment The Management of Health and Safety at Work (MHSW) Regulations 1999 require all to assess the risks from their work on anyone who may be affected by their activities. The Regulations require us to carry out a systematic examination of their work activities and record the significant findings of the Assessment. Other regulations As well as the assessment of general work activities, there are a number of pieces of legislation that look for a specific Risk Assessment including: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 - this will not affect usThe Manual Handling Operations Regulations - we will need to look at this with the equipment needed - specifically the keyboard The hospice has their own pianoThe other risk areas will not apply to usThe Control Of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
Assessing risks There are no hard and fast rules as to how Risk Assessments should be carried out, as every organisation is different and may require a slightly different approach. It’s important that Risk Assessments are carried out systematically and all of the foreseeable risks considered. In order to assess risks it is important to be aware of the distinction between hazard and risk. The following definitions are usually applied to these terms: Hazard: Anything with the potential to cause harm, electricity, hazardous substances and noise are examples of typical hazards. Risk: The likelihood that damage, loss or injury will be caused by a hazard and how severe the outcome may be. The Health and Safety Executive recommend an approach where you carry out the process in five steps: identify the hazards associated with activities identify who could be harmed by those hazards identify how you manage the risks at present and what further steps might be required to reduce the risks further. These are your control measures. record the findings of your assessment and inform those at risk of the controls review the risk assessment on a regular basis, e.g. if the staff, the activity, or the equipment used change. Look at each activity as critically as possible, observing how it is carried out, and checking existing guidelines and information. Check accident reports and inspection and maintenance records to see if anything can be learned from existing records.
Controlling risks When deciding on control measures the following principles should be applied: can the risk be avoided or eliminated? can the risks be contained at source? can the work be adapted to suit the individual? e.g. layout ,choice of equipment and methods of working can engineering or technical controls be used? Using this advice we visited the settings and identified the potential risks
We will visit the venues to explore the risks
The Barn Concert Venue - see below
Icknield Court and Shakespeare Hospice Risks identified
- song sheets - weight of paper - to share in smaller bags so low weight for each person
Equipment - keyboard - to be carried by two male singers short distance from car - 3 metres PAT tested annually by BACC
- First Aid - Hospice has medical staff on hand, we have an identified first aider in the singers Icknield Warden is also a trained first aider and will be present Residents have a bracelet alert system too