The Be Happy Yoga Project
Health and Safety Policy Statement
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Our statement of general policy is:
- to provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities
- to consult with all staff and volunteers on matters affecting their health and safety
- to provide information, instruction and supervision for staff and volunteers;
- to ensure all staff and volunteers are competent to do their tasks, and to give them adequate training;
- to prevent accidents and cases of work-related ill health;
- to maintain safe and healthy working conditions; and
- to review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals.
Overall and final responsibility for health and safety is that of The Be Happy Yoga Project.
Day-to-day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice is delegated to Danielle Texeira.
To ensure health and safety standards are maintained/improved, all staff and volunteers are expected to:
- cooperate with the person named above on health and safety matters;
- not interfere with any equipment provided to safeguard their health and safety;
- take reasonable care of their own health and safety; and
- report all health and safety concerns to an appropriate person (as detailed in this policy statement).
Health and safety risks arising from our work activities:
Risk assessments will be undertaken by Danielle Texeira. Danielle is also responsible for ensuring that timely action is taken to remove/control risks. Assessments will be reviewed every six months or when the work activity changes, whichever is soonest.
Consultation with Staff and Volunteers:
The Be Happy Yoga Project will consult with staff and volunteers on the following:
- any new measure which may substantially affect their health and safety at work, for example new equipment, new ways of working and new procedures
- arrangements for getting competent people to help satisfy health and safety laws
- the information we give to staff and volunteers on the risks to health and safety arising from their work, measures to reduce or get rid of these risks and what they should do if they are exposed to a risk, including emergency procedures
- planning and organising health and safety training
- the health and safety consequences for them of any new technology we plan to introduce
The information provided to staff and volunteers will be in a form that can be easily understood.
The Be Happy Yoga Project will:
- consult directly with staff and volunteers in the most efficient way possible.
- allow enough time for staff and volunteers to consider the issues and give informed responses. Staff and volunteers are encouraged to ask questions, raise concerns and make recommendations.
- take staff and volunteers’ views into account before a final decision is made, respond to any concerns and questions raised and explain the final decision and why it has been taken.
The partners will be responsible for:
- identifying all equipment needing maintenance.
- ensuring effective maintenance procedures are drawn up.
- ensuring that all identified maintenance is implemented.
- checking that new equipment meets health and safety standards before it is purchased.
Any problems found with equipment should be reported to the partners immediately.
Safe handling and use of substances:
The Be Happy Yoga Project does not currently use or store any substances which need a COSHH assessment.
Information, instruction and supervision:
- The Health and Safety Law poster is displayed at all locations that we teach classes.
- Health and safety advice is available from Danielle Texeira or on the HSE website.
- Supervision of volunteers will be arranged/undertaken/monitored by Danielle Texeira
Competency for tasks and training:
- Induction training will be provided for all staff and volunteers.
- Training records are kept by Danielle Texeira.
- Training will be identified, arranged and monitored by Danielle Texeira.
Accidents, first aid and work-related ill health:
- Health surveillance is not required in relation to any jobs at The Be Happy Yoga Project.
- The first aid boxes are available at all locations where we teach. All accidents, near misses and cases of work-related ill health are to be recorded in the accident book at the location where they occur.
- All staff are responsible for reporting accidents, diseases and dangerous events to each other.
To check safe working conditions, and ensure safe working practices are being followed, The Be Happy Yoga Project will carry out regular site inspections and investigate any accidents and near misses that occur. In particular, yoga teachers should check the floor of the teaching space before classes commence. It is the responsibility of yoga teachers to ensure that the floor has been properly cleaned and that there are no potentially harmful objects lying on the floor such as staples, pins, loose nails etc. They should also ensure there are no other obstacles that could injure any yoga students in the space.
The Be Happy Yoga Project is responsible for investigating accidents, for investigating work-related causes of sickness and for acting on investigation findings to prevent a recurrence.
Emergency procedures – fire and evacuation:
Danielle Texeira is responsible for ensuring that all teaching locations have procedures in place for conducting fire risk assessments. This includes ensuring that fire extinguishers are maintained and checked, that alarms are tested every week/month and that an emergency evacuation is carried out periodically and that the procedure is on display next to the Fire Extinguishers across the building.
Escape routes should be checked daily by anyone on site for obstructions and cleared if blocked.
Date: 28 July 2019
Signed: Danielle Texeira
Review Date: 28 February 2019