All Club members are responsible for health and safety on both an individual and collective basis.
Health & Safety initiatives are intended to identify and minimise risk, not to prevent activities taking place or to make doing them onerous or not enjoyable.
Everyone should continually monitor their environment, in your own workshop, at 'Club', or any other event; identifying potential hazards and ensuring practical measures are in place to minimise the risk of injury to yourself and others. If you identify a problem at a 'Club' event you should address the issue immediately, if you are unable to do so you must inform the event organizer or a Committee member.
Further information is available in the HSE 'Five steps to risk assessment' booklet (club website) and the AWGB Handbook (from committee members).
The identification of potential hazards and measures required to minimise risks are established by formally carrying out a risk assessment. Once risk assessments have been carried out, relevant members must be informed of their responsibilities to ensure the safety of everyone.
A risk assessment is a written record of a careful examination of activities carried out that could harm people. You should review the HSE document 'Five steps to risk assessment' and complete the Club or other appropriate Risk Assessment Form as required to identify risks and steps to minimise them.
In order to meet the terms of our insurance a Health & Safety Risk Assessment must be carried out regularly for each activity. Completed forms must be held by the Club Secretary on behalf of the Committee. Authors should review their Risk Assessments annually or whenever there is a significant change in circumstances, personnel, equipment or general layout. The following are examples of when Risk Assessments are required in order for members to be covered by 'Club' insurance:
Injury caused whilst woodturning can invariably be put down to four things:
New Members and Guests will be briefed on safety and domestics. Members will be reminded about Health and Safety once a year.
Ensure that you do not exceed your capabilities, particularly when lifting / moving heavy / awkward items. Be extra vigilant when operating machinery. Ensure others know where you are and when you will return. Have an effective means of communication in case of emergency.
Ensure that if you move and manhandle lathes and heavy equipment you are strong enough to do so. Do not let anyone strain themselves when handling heavy equipment. Lifting equipment, trolleys or additional assistance should be obtained and used if there are potential hazards.
All portable club equipment (any piece of equipment that is fitted with a plug) should be tested / checked on a regular basis.
All electrical equipment, whether owned by the Club or members must be checked visually before each period of use ensuring for example that:
If any of the above is not right, rectify or replace before using the equipment.
Owners of premises should have complied with the local fire regulations, however, the Club are responsible for making sure that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure that a fire isn’t started, and in the event of a fire that all persons present are able to exit the premises. Fire risks should be included as part of 'Club' Health & Safety Risk Assessments.
Event organisers / Club members should ensure they are familiar with: