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Health and Safety Policy


Statement

The Board of Newmarket-on-Fergus Community Centre Ltd. is committed to ensuring the protection of its members, volunteers, visitors and users of our premises and services from accidents and ill health associated with the workplace insofar as is reasonably practicable. This policy is in accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and 2010 and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007. It is the duty of every member, volunteer, visitor and user, whilst on the premises, to take reasonable care to ensure that his/her own safety and the safety of others is not affected by his/her actions and he/she co-operates with the organisation in complying with safety law. The Board will determine and maintain appropriate policies on safety and welfare for its activities in the premises. In order to fulfil this commitment the Board will identify and evaluate, and then eliminate or reduce all hazards to which its members, volunteers, visitors and users may be exposed.

Policy

The Board of Newmarket-on-Fergus Community Centre CLG who manage the facility at Ballycar Road, Newmarket-on-Fergus will follow the under noted policies to identify and control risks:

  1. The Community Centre premises will be inspected annually by the County Fire Officer to assess the suitability of the premises for use by the general public as a recreation centre and the granting of a lottery licence.
  2. Before the inspection of the Fire Officer, annually, all fire prevention, fire detection and fire fighting equipment will be inspected and certified.
  3. Before the inspection of the Fire Officer, annually, the fire alarm system will be inspected and certified.
  4. Management will conduct annually, a fire drill among users of the premises.
  5. Management will appoint Fire Drill Officers for the supervision of evacuation if an emergency occurs during busy periods on the premises.
  6. Management will request that leaders of clubs and groups conduct a fire drill and emergency awareness annually among their members who use the premises.
  7. Management will conduct regular inspections of any electrical equipment in use on the premises and will dispose of safely any faulty equipment.
  8. Management are required to conduct regular inspection of access points and egress points to the premises to ensure there is no risk of injury due to slip or skid.
  9. Management are required to regularly inspect the emergency doors to ensure all emergency exists are working correctly and clear of obstruction.
  10. Management are required to ensure that all hall ways and corridors are clear of clutter or obstructions.
  11. Management are required to conduct regular inspection of floors and floor covering to ensure all are securely fixed in position.
  12. Management are required to inspect any heating equipment to ensure it is working correctly and efficiently, and that any fumes generated by the heating equipment are directed away from the premises.
  13. Management are required to regularly inspect all lighting, especially emergency lighting, to ensure adequate lighting for safe entrance and exit of the premises.
  14. Management are required to ensure all fixed equipment is in good order, shelving, notice boards, cupboards, signage, pictures, wall hangings ect.
  15. Management are required to ensure all seating and tables are in good order and fit for purpose.
  16. Management are required to minimise the use of trailing electrical cables in the premises. If they have to be used they should be secured in position.
  17. Management are required to ensure that any glass used in doors is safety glass or other suitable material.
  18. Management is required to ensure that any combustible material stored on the premises is stored securely, cleaning materials and disinfectants ect.
  19. Management will keep an accident log book on the premises in a secure place to record any incident which may occur on the premises. Information recorded will include date of incident, date of report, person making the report, person/s involved in the incident, detailed report of the incident.
  20. Management will appoint a safety officer to ensure that this health and safety policy is adhered to.
  21. Management will review the safety statement each year in May, take into account any changes in activities on the premises, and update the policy.

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