health & safety

In accordance  with its overall  objectives  and in accordance  with  the requirements  of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Church Action on Poverty (Church Action on Poverty) will take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees. Church Action on Poverty aims to not only maintain its low accident and sickness absence rates but also to promote the well-being of its employees and to develop a positive attitude to health and safety throughout the organisation.

General duties - responsibilities of Church Action on Poverty

It is the duty of Church Action on Poverty to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees including:


  • The provision and maintenance of equipment and systems of work that are so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health.
  • The  safety,  and  absence  of  risks  to health  in connection  with  the  use,  handling, storage and transport of articles and substances.
  • The provision   of such information,   instruction,   training   and  supervision   as  is necessary to ensure health and safety at work of employees.
  • A working environment that is safe and without risk to the employees’ health. Safe access to and from the offices.
  • Church Action on Poverty shall consult with the staff when any major maintenance is to be conducted. This will  enable  Church Action on Poverty  and  its  employees  to  co-operate effectively  in  promoting  and developing  measures  to ensure the health and safety at work of employees  during any work arranged.
  • Church Action on Poverty will conduct its undertaking in such a way as to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable that persons not in its employment who may be affected are not thereby exposed to risks to their health and safety.


The  above  mentioned  rules  will  be  the  responsibility  of  the  Council  of Management  but discharged in practice through the Director with the support of his management team.

Responsibilities of Church Action on Poverty employees

It shall be the duty of all Church Action on Poverty employees at work to:


  • Take  reasonable  care  for  the  health  and  safety  of  himself/herself  and  of  other persons who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions at work.
  • Co-operate with Church Action on Poverty as far as is necessary to enable Church Action on Poverty to discharge its legal obligations under the Health and Safety at Work legislation. All accidents must be reported whether or not physical injury results in order that steps may be taken to avoid a recurrence. The correct procedure for reporting accidents is attached to this policy document.
  • Identify and assess the risks associated with all activities of Church Action on Poverty with the aim of eliminating  or  controlling  the  risks,  so far  as is reasonably  practicable,  eg for  an event, do a risk assessment.


In addition to the general duties required of both Church Action on Poverty and its employees, Church Action on Poverty in particular intends to ensure that at all times:

  • There has been staff training in first aid.
  • There are proper escape routes in the event of fire and other emergencies and that these are clearly marked.
  • No equipment with special hazards is used, without proper training.
  • No operations,   however   infrequently,   are carried  out  without   considering   their potential dangers.
  • That all supervisory staff fully accept their responsibilities for the health and safety of their staff at work, and regard these as equally important as their own duties.
  • Responsibilities for safety including first aid have been clearly assigned throughout Church Action on Poverty.
  • Church Action on Poverty offices have appropriate fire extinguishers  and staff are fully aware of where they are.
  • Appropriate safeguards will be put in place with regard to harmful substances used in Church Action on Poverty.
  • All electrical installations are regularly maintained and checked.
  • Fire drills are carried out regularly.
  • •    Staff  are  aware  of  their  responsibilities  in  relation  to  clients  or  others  using  the buildings.
  • •    A Health and Safety at Work file containing legislation and pamphlets is available and first aid provisions and equipment are available in the general office, and this is made known to all staff.


First Aid
Person responsible:                           Liam Purcell and Janet Gee
Responsible for:                                First aid procedures
Keeping up to date with first aid issues
Keeping Kit in date and to legal requirements and accident book available
Place of Kit & accident book:            In Kitchen–lower left-hand cupboard
Date of training:                                June 2012

Fire Extinguisher
Person responsible:                            Janet Gee – Fire Marshall
Responsible for:                                  Checking the Extinguisher is tested on a yearly basis
Situated:                                              (2) Church Action on Poverty main office
(2) upstairs
Name of Supplier:                               Fire Extinguishers Direct

Equipment testing
Person responsible:                            Janet Gee – Fire Marshall
Responsible for:                                  Getting equipment tested on a yearly basis
Name of Supplier:                               Fire Extinguishers Direct

Fire procedures
Person responsible:                            Janet Gee
Responsible for:                                  Advising all staff on induction of fire procedures
Frequency of fire drills:                       Every year – responsibility of the building

Emergency Procedures
In case of fire or other emergency, the alarm will sound, exit the building immediately. The Fire Marshall will check to make sure that all staff/visitors have vacated the office. Remain outside until further instructions have been received from the Fire Marshall.

Risk Assessment
This is a vigilant examination of what, in a place of work, could cause harm to people, so the employer can assess if they have taken sufficient precautions to prevent damage and injury. Church Action on Poverty will make regular assessments of the office space including the following:


  • Workstations for users of personal computers
  • Assessment of noise levels
  • Identifying harmful substances
  • Risks to new and expectant mothers
  • Handling and lifting heavy loads


Risk Assessment at events:

Managers of project leaders are responsible for conducting a risk assessment at all events organised by Church Action on Poverty.

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations 1985 (known as RIDDOR)

In agreement with RIDDOR it is necessary to report fatal accidents, major injury, conditions which require medical treatment or dangerous occurrences immediately to either the HSE or the local council. (look in the Health and safety file for the numbers).

Other matters, eg accidents that prevent a worker from doing their normal work for more than 3 days, certain work related diseases (eg poisoning, lung diseases, infections), certain gas incidents must be reported by telephone immediately with a written report within 7 days to the HSE or local council.


  • Contact first aider
  • If hospital treatment is needed then you must fill out a RIDDOR form and send it through to Riddor (details in Health and Safety File)
  • If the employee does not require hospital treatment but is off for three or more days then you must also fill out a Riddor form and send it through to RIDDOR. (details in Health and Safety File).
  • All accidents involving employees or non-employees occurring as a result of Church Action on Poverty’s undertaking shall be recorded. (Accident book is in the kitchen on the notice board)


All this information is contained within the Health and Safety File. Within the Health and Safety File you can find the following:


  • Risk assessment
  • Health and Safety Policy statement
  • General Health and Safety information
  • Riddor information
  • COSHH information
  • Relevant forms


The Health and Safety file can be found in a file in the bookcase in Church Action on Poverty’s main office.

No Smoking

Following the Health Act 2006, smoking is not allowed in any enclosed premises.


It is the responsibility of the Council of Management to monitor the effectiveness of this policy, supported by the Director and the Business & Finance Manager

Issue and Review

A copy of this statement will be brought to the attention of all employees. It will be reviewed regularly and it may be modified from time to time.

Church Action On Poverty, Unit 28 Sandpiper Court, Water’s Edge Business Park, Modwen Road, Salford M5 3EZ

Telephone 0161 872 9294 or email

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