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Health and Safety Policy

January 2023

This is the statement of general policy and arrangements for Get Changed Theatre Company
Overall and final responsibility for health and safety is that of the Trustees
Day-to-day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice is delegated to Project Co-ordinator. Mid-year review to take place with line manager.Penny Marten-Smith
To prevent accidents and cases of work-related ill health and provide adequate control of health and safety risks arising from work activitiesTrustees/ Project co-ordinatorRelevant risk assessments completed and actions arising out of those assessments implemented. (Risk assessments reviewed yearly, or earlier if working habits or conditions change.)
To provide adequate training to ensure employees and volunteers are competent to do their workTrusteesStaff and volunteers given necessary health and safety induction. We will ensure that suitable arrangements are in place to cover employees and volunteers engaged in work remote from the main location.
To engage and consult with employees on day-to-day health and safety conditions and provide advice and supervision on occupational healthTrustees/ Project co-ordinatorStaff routinely consulted on health and safety matters as they arise but also formally consulted at regular mentoring meetings or sooner if required.
To implement emergency evacuation procedures in case of fire or another significant incident. Project Co-ordinatorDaily register is kept. All adults to sign in when onsite. Escape routes kept clear at all times. Evacuation plans are followed. Twice a year fire evacuation drills are perfomed. Times and outcomes recorded. Trustees are informed.
To maintain safe and health working conditions, provide and maintain equipment and ensure safe storage/ use of substancesProject Co-ordinatorCapacity in hall does not exceed 22 members. Toilets, washing facilities and drinking water available. Weekly checks are made to ensure all equipment is safe and fully functioning. Action is promptly taken to address any defects by informing Ockment Centre staff immediately. Staff trained in safe handling/use of substances if applicable. (See www.coshh-essentials.org.uk.) 
Health and safety law poster is displayed:The leaflet version is issued to employees and included in the pack given to volunteers.
First-aid box and accident book are located: Accidents and ill health at work reported under RIDDOR: (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regs) www.hse.gov.uk/riddor All incidents can be reported online but a telephone service is also provided for reporting fatal/specified, and major incidents only – call the Incident Contact Centre on 0345 300 9923 (opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm).First-aid box at venue, accident book with staff member (Penny Marten Smith). Checks are made to ensure all first items are available and in date. Members of staff hold valid first aid training qualifications. Ockment Centre should be informed of any issues immediately.