HEALTH AND SAFETY

Introduction

Global Family Care Network (SCIO)’s aims are to:

 

  • Provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities

  • Consult with employees on matters affecting their health and safety

  • Provide and maintain safe equipment

  • Ensure safe handling and use of substances

  • Provide information, instruction and supervision for employees

  • Ensure all employees are competent to do their tasks and give them adequate training

  • Prevent accidents and work-related ill health

  • Maintain safe and health working conditions

  • Review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals

 

Responsibilities

The overall and final responsibility for health and safety is that of the trustees of Global Family Care Network (SCIO). The day-to-day responsibility for ensuring that this policy is put into practice is delegated to the Executive Director.

 

All employees should:

 

  • Cooperate with managers on health and safety matters

  • Not interfere with anything provided to safeguard their health and safety

  • Take reasonable care of their own health and safety

  • Report all health and safety concerns to an appropriate person

 

Consultation with Employees

Global Family Care Network (SCIO) will consult with new employees on the following:

 

  • Any new measure which may substantially affect their health and safety at work, for example new equipment, new ways of working and new procedures

  • Arrangements for getting competent people to help satisfy health and safety laws

  • The information we give to employees on the risks to health and safety arising from their work, measures to reduce or get rid of these risks and what they should do if they are exposed to a risk, including emergency procedures

  • Planning and organizing health and safety training

  • The health and safety consequences for them of any new technology we plan to introduce

 

Global Family Care Network (SCIO) will:

 

  • Provide information in a form that can be easily understood.

  • Consult directly with employees through team meetings and face-to-face discussions.

  • Allow enough time for employees to consider the issues and give informed responses. Employees are encouraged to ask questions, raise concerns and make recommendations.

  • Take employees’ views into account before a final decision is made, respond to any concerns and questions raised and explain the final decision and why it has been taken.

 

Safe Equipment

The Facility Manager will be responsible for identifying all equipment needing maintenance and ensuring effective maintenance procedures are drawn up. The Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring that all identified maintenance is implemented. Any problems found with equipment should be reported to the Executive Director immediately. The Facility Manager will check that new equipment meets health and safety standards before it is purchased.

 

Safe Handling and Use of Substances

The Facility Manager will check that new substances can be used safely before they are purchased. Global Family Care Network (SCIO) does not currently use or store any substances which need a COSHH assessment.

 

Accidents, First Aid and Work-Related Ill Health

Health surveillance is not required in relation to any jobs at Global Family Care Network (SCIO). The first aid box is located in the office. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for reporting accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences to the enforcing authority.

 

Emergency Procedures

The Facility Manager is responsible for ensuring the fire risk assessment is undertaken and implemented. Fire extinguishers are maintained and checked by the Facility Manager every year. Alarms are tested by the Facility Manager every week. Emergency evacuation drills are the responsibility of the Facility Manager and will be conducted annually.