Health and safety is something that will need to be managed as part of any practical restoration project. IWA's Waterway Recovery Group has policies and guidance that they adhere to on work sites which could be a useful reference.
*New* Watch our Culture of Safety Video
Volunteers work all over the country on all sorts of restoration schemes - some big, some small, some incredibly ambitious. One of the things that really makes a restoration scheme stand out to us is a positive health & safety culture. We have put together a short video to encourage all schemes to have a look at their health & safety regime, give it a checkup and consider how behaviours on site could be changed. We have distilled everything we have seen into three basic principles and we invite you to consider how your organisation performs in each category... watch video now.
Risk Assessments - A Risk Assessment is an important tool in protecting volunteers, staff and your business, as well as complying with the law. Take a look at some guidance on preparing Risk Assessments.
- Toolbox talks are short discussions by supervisors to staff/volunteers. Take a look at some examples of IWA's Toolbox Talks.
Accident Reporting - Accidents must be reported as it's a legal requirement. It is also encouraged that near-miss incidents are reported to reduce the risk of a more serious future accident. Take a look at the Health and Safety Executive RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) website.
HSE Manual Handling Guide (PDF) - The Health and Safety Executive has put together a document which gives lifting and handling weight limits, which are useful for writing risk assessments.
HSE Risk Management Website - The Health and Safety Executive site provides guidance and tools to help businesses understand what they need to do to assess and control risks in the workplace and comply with health and safety law.