Location: Ardwick Sports Hall, M12 4DY
0161 273 7913

Health and Safety Policy

Roller Skating Centre in Manchester

Chief Executive
The Chief Executive is responsible for ensuring the health, safety and well
being of the Trust’s employees and any other persons who support or enjoy the
services and activities provided by the Trust. Their specific responsibilities
include:
 Ensuring that the Health and Safety Policy and associated management
systems are implemented within the Trust, and that they are
communicated to all employees.
 Ensuring that health and safety is given the same prominence as other
managerial functions. This will include the provision of adequate
human and financial resources and suitable information, equipment,
training and supervision.
 Commissioning the production of an annual health and safety
compliance statement for the Trust that sets out the priorities for
health and safety in the forthcoming 12 months and informs the
development of the Trust’s business plan.
 Appointing a member of the management team to have management
responsibility for the direction of health and safety within the Trust.
 Appointing a competent Senior Health and Safety Officer to advise the
Trust on health, safety and welfare matters.
 Placing health and safety as an agenda item at each relevant
management meeting .
 Addressing the health and safety implications of all Trust decisions.
 To always set a good example in relation to health and safety.

Management team member with responsibility for health and safety
The member of the management team with managerial responsibility
for health and safety is responsible to the Chief Executive, regarding
the health, safety and welfare of the rust’s employees and others who
may be affected by the activities undertaken by the Trust.
Their specific responsibilities include:
 Reviewing health and safety performance annually and presenting
findings to the Chief Executive.
 Providing advice on health and safety issues to the Chief Executive with
support from the Senior Health and Safety Officer.
 Informing the Chief Executive of any significant health and safety
failures, and of the outcomes of the investigations into their causes.

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 Ensuring that health and safety management systems are in place and
that they remain effective, particularly in respect of asbestos,
legionella and fire safety management for which they act as the senior
responsible officer for the Trust.
 Placing relevant health and safety items on the agenda at meetings as
necessary.
 Producing an annual health and safety compliance statement for the
Trust that sets out the priorities for health and safety in the
forthcoming 12 months.
 Informing the annual appraisal process / learning and development plan
to ensure staff are competent and adequately skilled to undertake their
roles in a safe and effective manner.
 To chair health & safety committee meetings.
 To always set a good example in relation to health and safety.

Senior Health and Safety Officer
The Senior Health and Safety Officer is responsible to the nominated member
of the Trust responsible for health and safety. Their specific responsibilities
include:
 Advising the nominated member of the Trust responsible for health and
safety on all aspects of health, safety and welfare related to the
activities of the Trust.
 Ensuring that the nominated member of the Trust with responsibility for
health and safety is kept informed of any significant health and safety
failures, and the outcome of the investigations into their causes.
 Advising the nominated member of the Trust with responsibility for
health and safety on the possible health and safety implications of
management decisions.
 Advising managers on the content and implementation of the Trust
Health and Safety Policy and related procedures.
 The production and annual review of the responsibility and arrangement
sections of the Trust Health and Safety Policy in consultation with the
nominated member of the Trust responsible for health and safety.
 The production and annual review of policies & procedures regarding
specific health and safety issues as required by the Trust, or changes in
legislation.

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 The production of an annual health and safety compliance statement for
the Trust in consultation with the nominated member of the Trust
responsible for health and safety that sets out the objectives for health
and safety in the forthcoming 12 months.
 The development of effective health and safety management systems
including: policies, procedures and guidance notes, especially in
response to new or revised legislation, changes in best practice and / or
the introduction of new methods and systems.
 Ensuring that the Trust’s health and safety risk management systems
are in place and remain effective, by carrying out annual audits of each
service areas’ health and safety management systems.
 Acting as the focal point for the Trust in communications with the
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) along with the nominated member of
the Trust.
 Liaising with the nominated member of the Trust responcible for health
and safety to secure compliance with legal requirements and industry
best practice.
 Supporting managers in ensuring that any uncontrolled or poorly
controlled activity with the potential to cause a reportable injury,
disease or dangerous occurrence in accordance with RIDDOR 1995, is
immediately suspended (if safe to do so) until suitable risk control
measures have been successfully identified and implemented.
 To always set a good example in relation to health and safety.

Managerial and supervisory staff
All managers and supervisors have the following responsibilities for health and
safety:
 Ensuring that all new starters have undergone an induction. This is to
include the appropriate health and safety awareness training.
 Ensuring that all hazards in their areas of responsibility have been
identified and recorded.
 Ensuring that all significant risks have been subjected to a suitable and
sufficient risk assessment that has been brought to the attention of all
persons who may be affected by such risks.
 Ensuring that all control measures identified by risk assessment are in
place before the related task is commenced.
 Ensuring that prior to the commencement of any task that the
employees involved have been given all relevant instruction and
information, and that they have successfully completed any training

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identified by risk assessment and / or legislation concerning the safe
completion of the task.
 Ensuring that all accidents, incidents, dangerous occurrences, near
misses and assaults are reported in accordance with the accident
reporting procedure and investigated by management with appropriate
recommendations for remedial actions acted upon in a timely manner.
 Recording weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual inspections of their
workplaces as determined by relevant operating procedures to ensure
that appropriate health and safety standards are achieved.
 Ensuring that all work equipment and machinery in their workplace is
maintained in a good state of repair and is in safe working order.
 Ensuring that appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is issued
to staff as required and that it is correctly worn and used. Adequate
storage must be arranged for individual employees’ PPE.
 Ensuring that good standards of housekeeping are maintained within the
workplace to reduce the risk of fire, slips, trips & stress.
 Ensuring that all defects in the workplace are promptly reported and, so
far as is practicable, repaired.

All employees
All employees, at all levels of responsibility, are to make themselves aware of
the contents of this Health and Safety Policy and its associated health and
safety management systems. Their specific responsibilities are:
 Observing and promoting health and safety procedures at all times.
 Not to endanger themselves or others, by their acts or omissions.
 Wear and use appropriate PPE in the approved manner, when required
or when instructed to do so.
 Conform to all verbal and written health and safety instructions and act
in accordance with information and training given.
 Report all accidents, incidents, dangerous occurrences, near misses and
assaults to their line manager without delay in accordance with the
accident reporting procedure for the Trust.
 Report all hazards and health and safety concerns to their line manager
or supervisor without delay and where this is not practical to the Senior
Health and Safety Officer for the Trust.

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 Report all damaged equipment and facilities to their line manager or
supervisor without delay, mark as defective and suspend from operation
until repaired.

All persons on Trust premises
All staff and visitors, including partners, customers and contractors, to any
Trust facilities are required to observe any health and safety rules that are
posted and any health and safety instructions given by officers implementing
this Health and Safety Policy.

3 ARRANGEMENTS
These arrangements will be limited to those that are to be applied throughout
the Trust and are not service specific. The Normal Operating Procedure (NOP)
and Emergency Action Plan (EAP) / Health and Safety File for each premises /
area are to contain service specific arrangements that are required to ensure
the health, safety and welfare of employees working for the Trust and others
who may be affected by their operations.
Health and safety training
High quality health and safety information, instruction and training will be
delivered to all staff as legally required and reflect up to date ideas and best
practice. This is essential in ensuring that employees are competent to
undertake their tasks and able to stay safe and free from ill health at work.
The Trust will identify the health and safety training needs of all their
employees, to enable them to undertake their employment in a safe manner.
This process will begin at the staff induction and progress through appraisals
and via recommendations from risk assessments, audits and legislative
requirements.
Suitable and sufficient information, instruction and training will be provided by
competent persons at induction and on introducing staff to systems,
equipment, substances, processes and facilities as required.
The Trust will keep accurate records of the training that each employee
receives, and ensure refresher sessions, where required, are provided in a
timely manner.

Monitoring and auditing
The Trust monitors the health and safety performance of all of their various
operations, to ensure that their health and safety management systems are
working in an effective manner.
The Trust undertakes the following to assist in the monitoring of health and
safety performance:

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 Health and safety inspections: managers and supervisors must carry out
health and safety inspections of their places of work, work practices
and equipment that they are responsible for at regular intervals as
determined by their risk assessments. The Senior Health and Safety
Officer undertakes ad-hoc inspections of premises on a regular basis and
accompanies union appointed safety representatives on their statutory
inspections of the workplace.
 Health and safety audits: the Senior Health and Safety Officer will audit
the health and safety management systems within the Trust annually.
 Monitoring of accident reports and statistics: accident reports are
monitored by the Senior Health and Safety Officer to identify trends and
unsafe practices and therefore enable the development of improved
procedures. The Trust manager with responsibility for health and safety
will review the accident statistics on a monthly basis and the Chief
Executive will review them on an annual basis.

Accident reporting and investigation
All accidents, incidents, assaults, dangerous occurrences and near misses
involving Trust employees or non-employees such as members of the public or
contractors who have been affected by the operations of the Trust or injured
on any Trust facility are to be reported without delay to management in
accordance with the accident reporting procedure.
Where accidents are reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and
Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995, the Senior Health & Safety Officer
will contact the HSE via the Incident Contact Centre in accordance with these
regulations.
Line managers must investigate all accidents, incidents, dangerous
occurrences, near misses or assaults. The cause of the accidents, incidents,
dangerous occurrences, near misses or assaults should be determined and
recommendations made to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident.
Accident and investigation reports should be kept together with relevant
paperwork such as risk assessments, safe systems of work, witness statements,
photographs, sketches, defect reports and details of remedial actions, for a
period of not less than seven years from the date of the accident /
investigation.

Fire and emergency procedures
All Trust workplaces must have a responsible person, written risk assessments
and procedures in case of accidents, fire, bomb threats and other emergencies
in the Normal Operating Procedure (NOP) and Emergency Action Plan (EAP) /
Health and Safety File. All employees are to be made aware of those
procedures and their role in carrying them out.

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All employees are to be made aware of fire and evacuation procedures for their
workplace, undertake fire safety training and take part in at least two fire
evacuation drills per year.
A fire precautions log book will be maintained at each workplace. It will
contain records of inspections, tests and remedial actions. Additionally, it will
be used to record the results of fire drills and the names of those employees
that took part in the drill.
The use of any fire extinguisher or appliance is to be reported to the relevant
line manager, without delay. The line manager is to ensure that it is recharged
or replaced as quickly as possible.
All fires must be reported to senior management as soon as it is safe to do so in
accordance with the accident reporting procedure.

Asbestos management
All facilities managed by the Trust must have an asbestos management plan
and a responsible officer nominated to implement the requirements of that
plan for those facilities.

Legionella management
All facilities that have water services managed by the Trust must have a
Legionella management plan, log book, risk assessment and a responsible
officer nominated to implement the requirements of these documents for those
facilities.

Consultation with employees
Effective consultation and communication between management and staff is
the key to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all employees. The Trust
has established a health and safety working group which convenes bi-monthly
and is chaired by the member of the Trust management team responsible for
health and safety and attended by the Senior Health and Safety Officer.
The Senior Health and Safety Officer will meet with the trade union appointed
safety representatives as requested to discuss the health, safety and welfare of
Trust employees.
The Trust will set up a safety committee if requested to do so by two or more
trade union appointed safety representatives in accordance with the Safety
Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977. This Health and
Safety Policy would then be amended to include the constitution of such a
committee.

Manchester Roller Sports Limited is a charitable community benefit society. Registered No. 8121. Registered Office: Ardwick Sports Hall, 225 Stockport Road, Ardwick, Manchester M12 4DY.