IWA's Health and Safety Policy is a written statement outlining it's legal duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It sets out how health and safety issues are managed within the Association and shows a commitment to planning and managing health and safety at work. It is the key document in achieving an acceptable working environment, preventing accidents and provides a framework for recording how health and safety issues are managed within the Association.
The Inland Waterways Association exists to promote a widely-appreciated and well-maintained network of inland waterways available for the benefit of all.This is achieved through a combination of advocacy, education and physical works. We aim to achieve this without adversely affecting anyone’s health and safety or causing harm to the natural environment.
The Association is committed to protecting the health and safety, so far as is reasonably practicable,of its employees, volunteers, members and the wider public when engaged on activities managed or promoted by the Association and its subsidiary companies.
The Association is committed to achieving these specific health and safety aims:
Whilst engaged in any activity managed or promoted by the Association, employees, volunteers, members and visitors are urged, in their own interest and that of their colleagues, to take reasonable care of their own health & safety and observe the Association’s health and safety procedures. Any matter which those participating in any activity consider may be hazardous to either health or safety must be brought to the notice of their line manager, leader or other responsible person at the earliest opportunity.
Due to the diverse nature of the Association and its activities, each part of the organisation will put in place systems appropriate to the nature of the personnel and the complexity of the activities being carried out. Day to day responsibility for ensuring this policy’s aims are achieved is outlined in the ‘IWA Health & Safety – Roles and Responsibilities’ document.
This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that it remains effective in terms of the organisation’s structure and activities.
Date (last reviewed and approved by trustees): November 2019