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Health and Safety Policy

GeoConservation UK Policy: Helthy and Safety


Section 1

  1. The Health and Safety at Work Act places a duty on all persons to take reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety both of themselves and colleagues.
  2. The Executive Committee of GCUK will communicate with its members and any other relevant organisations or individuals concerning matters of safety, health and welfare in connection with any of the Association’s activities or projects.
  3. GCUK will also encourage its member Groups to adopt their own Health & Safety policies and undertake risk assessments for their geoconservation activities.
  4. It shall be the duty of everyone whilst engaged in GCUK activities whether at home, in the field or other place of work:
    1. 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;
    2. To co-operate with GCUK and its officers and executive committee to meet any responsibilities placed upon the organisation by law within the Health and Safety regulations;
    3. Not to interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interest of health, safety or welfare.
  5. GCUK recommends its members to take out insurance cover appropriate to their activities such as provided the Geologists’ Association or BTCV.

Section 2

  1. When necessary or appropriate GCUK will provide if reasonably practicable:
    1. A safe place to work and safe access to it;
    2. Equipment and systems of work that are safe; this includes complying with regulations for safety checks of portable electrical appliances.
    3. Advice to ensure that as far as is reasonably practicable, safe working procedures are followed for all of GCUK activities.
    4. Effective fire drill and procedures to be followed for emergency evacuation of buildings;
    5. First aid training of designated staff;
    6. The fostering of safe practice and safety awareness in all who are associated with the organisation;
    7. Resources to comply with the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act and all relevant statutory regulations
    8. Monitoring procedures to measure the effectiveness of the Health and Safety Policy, to make recommendations for any improvement and revisions necessary and a commitment to continuous improvement.

Responsibilities for health and safety

GCUK Executive Committee has the following duties:

  1. To monitor the established safety practice and procedures within the organisation;
  2. To keep under review safety rules and safe systems of carrying out its functions;
  3. To consider reports of accident / notifiable disease statistics and trends and submit reports making recommendations for remedial action;
  4. To consider action recommendations arising from safety audits;
  5. To consider information and reports provided by enforcing authority inspectors i.e. HSE and Local Authority;
  6. To consider reports from appointed safety representatives;
  7. To evaluate the effectiveness of safety training;
  8. To be aware of new or changing provisions and regulations in matters relating to safety;
  9. To advise on any safety matters that it thinks ought to be brought to the attention of workers, volunteers or visitors;
  10. To monitor the effectiveness of safety and health communication and publicity in the workplace;
  11. To monitor reports concerning
    • Fire precautions
    • First aid arrangements
    • Occupational health services
    • Risk assessments and inspections
    • Electrical safety testing
  12. To regularly review and develop the policy.

Responsibilities of GCUK members whilst engaging with GCUK Projects in the field

  1. Fieldwork should be planned so that it can be carried out in a safe manner, with appropriate and sufficient safety equipment and clothing for all weathers.
  2. Every field based project must be covered by an appropriate risk assessment carried out by the project leader or in the case of lone working by the individual concerned. For member groups without their own risk assessment/analysis formats, GCUK recommends the templates based on those issued by Natural England. (Automatically supplied with GCUK projects or upon request).
  3. The universal, essential requirement of lone working is to ensure that always someone knows, or can easily find out where you are working and when you are expected to return

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