Health and Safety

Cubs scout on high ropes

We prepare young people with skills for life. But this also needs to happen in a safe environment.

As part of our programme, we regularly teach our young people how to be safe, in real life and online, through badges, resources, videos and in instructions with particular activities.

Some of these resources and videos can be found on the Scouts website here.

Safety Policy

We adhere to the Scouts’ Safety Policy. Scouting should be provided in a safe manner without risk to health, so far as is reasonably practicable. We believe this is just as important as running the activity itself.

Responsibility

The Group Executive committee is ultimately responsible for ensuring the safe running of activities within the group and safety arrangements for the HQ (POR 2.3d and 2.3e). Many of the functions are completed collectively, such as ensuring all activities are properly risk assessed, while others, such as specific checking of safety equipment, are delegated to one member of the committee.

The Group Scout Leader, Barry Stride, is responsible for ensuring that volunteers within the group are properly trained for their role and the correct enquiries have been made and that accidents are investigated. (POR 2.3c)

Everyone is responsible to stop any activity if they have concerns about its safety (POR 2.3a) and share best practice in all areas of safety (POR 2.3g)

The leader in charge of any activity is responsible to ensure that activity is run safely in line with the Safety policy. (POR 2.3b)

Risk assessments

Risk Assessing is one way in which we run safe activities and keep our HQ in good order. As part of their training, Leaders complete these assessments for any activity they take part in.

When we risk assess, we must share what we find with others. Therefore, the sharing of written risk assessments is the best way. These should be reviewed before every activity and as often as needed during the activity. (POR 2.3f)

To help with these, there is a general risk assessment for use of the HQ. These are updated each year and it is the responsibility of the Group Executive committee to make sure they are written and carried out.

Paper copies can be found in the kitchen in the HQ Safety Folder and online versions can be found below.

HQ Risk Assessment

Contains full details of common risks to injury found in the hall and what the group does to minimise these risks and what more can be done to reduce these risks further. Defects to the building or its contents should be recorded on the reporting form located in the cleaner’s cupboard and to the Group Scout Leader as soon as possible.

It is the responsibility of all section leaders and leaders of groups using the hall to:

  • read this risk assessment and follow its instructions
  • carry out their own risk assessments for specific activities carried out within the HQ building and grounds
  • ensure the placing of objects in the hall does not cause a hazard to its users or obstructs any evacuation routes
  • report any defects to the fabric of the building or its contents immediately and make safe.

HQ Risk Assessment

This risk assessment was made with reference to the Scouts fact sheet Managing a Safe Scout Premises (FS320010) and Tree Safety Guidelines (FS320008). A paper copy of each is located in the HQ Safety Folder.

HQ Fire risk Assessment

We are required by law under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to have a fire risk assessment. This considers the causes of fire in the HQ, and the risk to the users of the hall should a fire begin. Our risk assessment has two parts:

The record of significant findings includes a list of things noticed during the risk assessment process while the context and emergency procedures document provides information about the HQ and what we have in place to tackle any fires and to evacuate the users of the hall.

It is the responsibility of all section leaders and leaders of groups using the hall to:

  • read this plan
  • tell their members about the evacuation plan
  • complete an evacuation drill at least once a year.

HQ Fire Risk Assessment – Record of significant findings

HQ Fire Risk Assessment – Context and emergency procedures.

This risk assessment was made with reference to the Scouts fact sheet Managing Fire Safety (FS320007) and documents issued by the government to help with completing a fire risk assessment. These are Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005: A Short Guide to Making Your Premises Safe From Fire and Fire safety risk assessment: small and medium place of assembly. Paper copies of all of these are available in the HQ Safety Folder.

Working at height

Working at height happens a lot in scouts but it is a much riskier activity than many believe. The risk assessment for this covers use of the stepladders and the ladder onto the balcony as well as carrying objects while on a ladder. In general, items should not be stored at height unless there are measures in place to store it safely.

It is the responsibility of users of the hall to read this assessment and follow its instructions.

There are two parts to the working at height risk assessment: an overview giving the basics of the equipment provided and how to use it and a detailed risk assessment which includes ways of reducing the risks further.

Working at height – Overview.

Working at height – Risk assessment.

This risk assessment was made with reference to the Scouts fact sheet Falls from Height (FS320009) and documents issued by the Health and Safety Executive: Working at height: A brief guide and Safe use of ladders and stepladders: A brief guide. Paper copies of all are located in the HQ Safety Folder.

Manual handling

Moving items is something that happens often in scouts and can cause unnecessary injury if not done properly. Many of our volunteers will have received training through their workplace but it is important to ensure it is done correctly.

It is the responsibility of users of the hall to read this assessment and follow its instructions.

There are two parts to the manual handling risk assessment: an overview and a detailed risk assessment which includes ways of reducing the risks further.

Manual handling – Overview.

Manual handling – Risk assessment.

This risk assessment was made with reference to the Scouts fact sheet Managing a Safe Scout Premises (FS320010) and documents issued by the Health and Safety Executive: Manual handling at work: A brief guide Paper copies of all are located in the HQ Safety Folder.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (C.O.S.H.H.)

It is important that anything that could potentially be harmful is controlled correctly. At present risk assessments have been provided for all the cleaning substances that any section has access to in the cleaning cupboard.

Paper copies of these are available in the C.O.S.H.H. folder located in the cleaning cupboard.

COSHH – Overview.

If other substances are located in other locked locations around the HQ then it is the leader’s responsibility to ensure that they have been properly assessed.

There is some advice from the Health and Safety executive on this topic that is relevant to the scout group. Paper copies of these can be found in the HQ Safety folder. These are Working with substances hazardous to health: A brief guide to COSHH, Diluting chemical concentrates: COSHH essentials for service and retail (SR2), Manual cleaning and disinfecting surfaces: COSHH essentials for service and retail (SR4), Ready-for-use insecticide sprays and dusts: COSHH essentials for service and retail (SR7), Storing chemical products (small scale): COSHH essentials for service and retail (SR24), Controlling cooking fumes: COSHH essentials for service and retail (SR27).

Asbestos register

The HQ’s asbestos register can be found in the HQ Safety Folder in the kitchen. It contains the location of all known Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) in the HQ as well as some specimens that were tested and returned false.

All ACMs are labelled as such but the register should be checked prior to any work to determine if any ACMs may exist. They are also visually inspected periodically to ensure there is no additional damage to them.

If you are carrying out any major work on the building, the register should be check first to ensure no accidental damage.

This register was made with reference to the Scouts document Managing Asbestos and the example register.

Food safety

All users of the hall who provide food have responsibilities to handle food safely. A succinct summary of best practice and legal requirements is contained in the Scouts factsheet Food Safety in Scouting (FS320003).

First Aid needs assessment

It is important to have the right medical equipment for our activities. All of our sections maintain their own first aid kits for their normal activities and there are additional kits for nights away from the HQ.

First aid needs assessment.

This register was made with reference to the Scouts fact sheet First Aid Kits (FS140048). Paper copies of this is in the HQ Safety Folder.

A.E.D

Thanks to a kind donation from within our community, our HQ is equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). It is easy to use and has simple visual and spoken instructions.

Users of the hall can watch the video below to find out how to use the AED.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5ZPLXdXPBc