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This is the Health and Safety Policy Statement of Dublin Camera Club .

Our statement of general policy is:
• to provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our club activities
• to consult with our members on matters affecting their health and safety
• to provide and maintain safe plant and equipment
• to ensure safe handling and use of substances
• to provide information and instruction for members;
• to ensure all members are competent to do their tasks, and to give them adequate training;
• to prevent accidents;
• to review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals.


Responsibilities
Overall and final responsibility for health and safety is that of the Council Members of Dublin Camera Club
Day-to-day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice is delegated to The Council
All members have to:
• co-operate on health and safety matters;
• not interfere with anything 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 activities
Risk assessments will be undertaken annually. The findings of the risk assessments will be reported to the Council
Action required to remove/control risks will be approved by the Council . The Council will be responsible for ensuring the action required is implemented.
The Council will check that the implemented actions have removed/reduced the risks. Assessments will be reviewed every two months or when the work activity changes, whichever is soonest.
Persons under the age of 18
Any person under the age of 18 on club premises must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times, and may not use the Studio or darkrooms. Membership of the club is restricted to persons over the age of 18.

 

Consultation with members
Dublin Camera Club will consult with members on the following:
• any new measure which may substantially affect their health and safety, 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 members on the risks to health and safety arising from their activities, 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 and
• the health and safety consequences for them of any new technology we plan to introduce.
The information provided to members will be in a form that can be easily understood.
Dublin Camera Club will allow enough time for members to consider the issues and give informed responses. Members are encouraged to ask questions, raise concerns and make recommendations.
Dublin Camera Club will take members ’ 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.


Safe equipment
The Council will be responsible for identifying all equipment needing maintenance, and will be responsible for ensuring effective maintenance procedures are drawn up.
Any problems found with equipment should be reported to the Council immediately.
The Council will check that new equipment meets health and safety standards before it is purchased.
Safe handling and use of substances
The Council will check that new substances can be used safely before they are purchased. Dublin Camera Club does not currently use or store any substances which need an assessment.
Accidents, first aid and work-related ill health
Health surveillance is not required in relation to any activities at Dublin Camera Club
The first aid box(es) is/are kept in ???????
The appointed person(s)/first aider(s) is a member of the Council
All accidents are to be recorded in the ACCIDENT BOOK. The book is kept by the Council in the council room.

 

Emergency procedures – fire and evacuation
The Council is responsible for ensuring the fire risk assessment is undertaken and implemented.
Escape routes are checked by The Council regularly.
Fire extinguishers are maintained and checked by Chubb Fire every year.
Alarms are tested by The Council every week.
Emergency evacuation drills are the responsibility of The Council and will be tested regularly.


Fire Drill Procedure
A Fire Drill Procedure is carried out periodically and the procedure is on display situated by the Fire Extinguishers on each floor.

Signed……………………………………..Date…………………………………..

Date of review………………………………………………………………………

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