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Registered Charity No. 702429
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© 2016 Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust
Health and Safety Statement of Intent
The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust (the Trust) relies on volunteers and we aim to make the work of canal restoration an enjoyable and safe activity for all. We have to consider the health and safety of everyone involved in our work, from fund raising and meetings, to our restoration and construction site activities where volunteers and contractors are working and where members of the public have access to construction works areas.
It is the firm intent of the Trust to take all reasonable and practical steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all persons in fulfilment of its responsibilities. These measures are aimed at protecting others who may be affected by our day to day activities.
It is the Trust’s legal responsibility to provide the right circumstances under which work may be carried out safely. However, all Trust members and volunteers must understand that they have a legal duty to work in a safe manner, and to co-operate with the Trust’s policies, procedures and risk assessments in order to fulfil their responsibilities. The Trust will make reasonable efforts to promote a genuine awareness of Health and Safety matters and create an understanding of safe working practices. The reporting of unsafe conditions and near misses will be encouraged. All accidents must be reported/ recorded and investigated accordingly to stop the possibility of re-occurrence. All accidents, however serious, will be reported to the Trust’s Board.
Accordingly, the Trust operates within the relevant Health and Safety at Work regulations and guidelines, including those relating to safety on site where wearing of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment is mandatory. Ample safety equipment and first aid kit will be provided on site. All reasonable efforts will be made to promote a safety-aware culture. All volunteers will be required to attend a site induction and any other task specific training as appropriate.
All equipment will be appropriately tested, maintained and inspected accordingly. Users will be instructed and trained, and their competence assured before the equipment is used.
This H&S statement is underpinned by Risk Assessments, Site Safety Plans and Safe Working Instructions which will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis and immediately if an accident or near miss or the introduction of new equipment or working practices gives cause to do so. These documents will be approved by the Directors who have overall legal responsibility. Documents will be available at www.lhcrt.org.uk and in hard copy at all construction sites.
This Policy applies to all land owned by the Trust and to land leased or licenced to the Trust on which the Trust is undertaking work in association with canal restoration.. Where sites are owned by other bodies, the Trust will comply with any reasonable requirements of the landowner on health and safety matters.
The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust is enrolled as an Environmental Body under the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme.
The Trust is concerned to ensure that its restoration activities protect and enhance the natural environment and the wildlife habitats along the Lichfield and Hatherton canals corridors.
The Trust will seek to restore the waterway ecology that developed in harmony with its operational functions during the 150 years of the canal’s working life, but was extinguished when the canals were abandoned and filled in.
The Trust will seek guidance from British Waterways and apply the BW Environmental Code of Practice to ensure construction and maintenance techniques are consistent with the current best practice.
The Trust will liaise with other appropriate environmental bodies such as the Environment Agency, English Nature, and local Wildlife Trusts and will support County and Local Authority Biodiversity Action Plans in re-creating waterway and waterside habitats appropriate to the local terrain.
The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust will contribute to developing and sustaining an understanding of the inland waterways system of this country and especially of the key issues associated with the restoration of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals amongst people of all ages in the wider community encompassed by the project.
The Trust will foster links with all interested groups but particularly with local colleges and schools. Using the restoration project as a vehicle for learning, it will develop within the community an understanding of the key educational issues associated with the restoration of canals, namely:
Good practice for staff, volunteers and contractors when working with children and young adults (under 18)
Children and young people are encouraged to take an interest in the canal restoration and the other work of LHCRT through education and community programmes.
Carefully plan activities involving young people to ensure that maximum possible protection is provided at all times.
Give particular attention to health and safety requirements, seeking appropriate advice from your supervisor or events organiser.
Ensure that parents, teachers, leaders, carers or other accompanying adults are with young people wherever possible.
LHCRT would strongly recommend that all young people and children are in the care of a responsible adult and do not become the direct responsibility of LHCRT volunteers.
(If for any reason at any time you are solely responsible for any young person, know exactly who you are responsible for, the extent of that responsibility, where the young people are and what they are doing.)
Arrange for an appropriate number of adults to be present, bearing in mind the type of activity, the number and age range of the young people attending and any special needs.
Try to have responsible accompanying adults for every educational group of young people in a ratio of 1:10 or better (1:8 desirable for children under 8).
Ensure that at least one other LHCRT volunteer or an external adult (eg parent/teacher) will be available to help.
Try to have both male and female helpers where practical.
Avoid one to one contact. At all costs, a one to one situation should be avoided, but if unavoidable, ensure it is for a short period only, within earshot and preferably sight of others and never behind closed doors. Tell someone where you are going, with whom and for how long. Speak to your supervisor if you are worried that you are going to be left on your own with a young person or you are concerned about a young person's safety.
You should not take a young person alone on a car journey, however short, or take them home without parental approval, except where unavoidable in emergencies.
Be alert to any potential harm or inappropriate behaviour in relation to young people.
If circumstances arise where a single child needs attention, offer to stay with a class or group of children while the teacher/carer attends to the individual.
You should not allow or engage in suggestive remarks, gestures or touching of a kind that could lead to misunderstanding.
Do not hesitate to tell your supervisor if you have any concerns regarding the behaviour of any young people or other staff/volunteers who come into contact with them.
General Health & Safety
Please be aware of the following general health & safety concerns:
Special risk assessments need to be undertaken for young people (under the age of 18) who are employed by LHCRT (eg. work experience or training schemes).
If harm is suspected
If a child or young person wants to talk about something that is concerning them:
If you suspect harm, or have been told about it, do not act alone, start to investigate or make assumptions. You should immediately:
The NSPCC operate a 24 hour advice line for anyone concerned about a child - 0800 800500. (This number should not be used in an emergency.)
Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Checks
The need for CRB checks for individuals has been discussed by the Council of LHCRT and rejected for the following reasons. This policy will be reassessed from time to time or if and when these criteria change.
LHCRT volunteers do not work directly with children and young adults.
Where a service in support of children and young adults is provided, it is a requirement that they will always be in the care of teachers, carers or group leaders.
The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust Ltd encourages the participation of all sections of the community in its activities without discrimination by race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, class, religion, gender, sexuality, employment status, age or disability, subject only to compliance with legal requirements including Health and Safety and insurance on its construction sites.
The Trust will expect any contractors or consultants working for it to subscribe to similar policies on equal opportunities.
All canal restoration works undertaken by or on behalf of the Trust will so far as is reasonably practicable be designed to maximise access by the disabled, consistent with conservation of heritage features and the safety of users of the waterway.
We are committed to equality and diversity during our work.
We will ensure that our volunteers are treated fairly and given equal access to opportunities and resources regardless of their age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation; Subject to each volunteer’s capability and the Trust’s health and safety policy.
We value our volunteers’ individual differences and oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.