NAFAS Functions - Health and Safety
To cover yourself from Health and Safety Claims from members:
1) You need to ensure that adequate public liability insurance is in place for each and every function you undertake and what, if any, are the exclusions and limitations. The Certificate has to be on public display.
2) Prior to the function, ask the venue for a copy of their health and safety audit.
3) On the basis of this document carry out your own risk assessment. Your risk assessment should be on your activities not the venue.
4) Risk assessment is a careful examination of your activities to highlight any areas of risk and take appropriate action to minimize the risk to a tolerable level.
5) There is no distinction between voluntary and commercial organisations.
6) The most important thing you need to decide is whether a hazard is significant and whether you have covered it by satisfactory precautions so that the risk is minimised.
7) Steps to assessing risks:
A) Look for hazards and highlight the possible dangers
B) Evaluate the risks and existing precautions
C) If necessary implement further precautions
D) Review the assessment on a regular basis
8) Do not be overcomplicated.
9) Do not let the words hazard and risk put you off. Hazard means anything that can cause harm. Risk is the chance, high or low, that somebody will be harmed by the hazard.
NAFAS – FIRE SAFETY RISK ASSESSMENT
· Have you identified a) who could be at risk? b) who could be especially at risk?
· Have you assessed the risk to members and visitors?
· How can you make sure everyone is safe in case of fire?
· Who will know there is a fire?
· Do you have a plan to warn others?
· Who will make sure everyone gets out of the building?
· Who will call the fire service?
· Could you put out a small fire quickly and stop it spreading – familiarise yourself and the committee with any equipment and its location
· Have you discussed the plan with all the committees?
· Made sure everyone can fulfill their role