Health And Safety General Policy

Date Ratified: 2nd August 2022

Frequency of Review - Every two years

Next Review Date: August 2024

Up Close Theatre is committed to protecting the health and safety of its members and the public.

The Directors will therefore take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the safety of our members and the safety of others who might be affected by the running of the Group.

The Directors are committed to taking all reasonably practicable steps to assess risks and implement appropriate precautions. They will regularly review and revise arrangements as appropriate.

It is the responsibility of all those involved in Up Close Theatre to seek, so far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure that:

  • All activities are conducted in a safe manner without risk to the health of participants.
  • The provision and maintenance of equipment and buildings for Members and others is safe and without risk to health and adequate for their welfare.
  • Information, instruction, training and supervision is provided with the object of ensuring the health and safety of all those involved in our activities or who may be affected by them.
  • Appropriate arrangements are made to ensure safety and the absence of risks to health in connection with the use, transport, storage and handling of equipment, and substances which are inherently or potentially dangerous.

All accidents must be logged in the Accident/Incident Book and a full account of the circumstances given to the Company Manager. It is the Company Manager's ultimate responsibility to initiate any action which must be taken as a result of the accident, or to ensure that the appropriate action takes place.

It is the responsibility of each individual member...

  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of him/herself and others who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions;
  • To use protective equipment if provided and follow safety instructions given;
  • To co-operate with other members and the company in the implementation of health and safety procedures;
  • Not to interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interests of health and safety
  • To report any danger, defect, accident or near miss to the company manager;
  • To follow given training and procedures for fire; first aid; hazardous substances; security and the use of equipment.

Health and Safety Policy Statement

At Up Close Theatre, we recognise our duties under current Health & Safety legislation and we will endeavour to meet the requirements of this legislation and maintain a safe and healthy working environment. Our Directors and all employees are informed of their responsibilities to ensure they take all reasonable precautions, to ensure the safety, health and welfare of those that are likely to be affected by the operation of our business.

The Directors recognise their duty to make regular assessment of the hazards and risks created in the course of running Society/Group.

The Directors also recognise their duty, so far as is reasonably practicable:

  • to meet their legal obligations to maintain safe and healthy conditions;
  • to provide adequate control of the health and safety risks so identified;
  • to consult with our members on matters affecting their health and safety;
  • to provide and maintain safe equipment;
  • to ensure the safe handling and use of substances;
  • to provide information, instruction, training where necessary for our members, taking into account of any who do not English as a first language;
  • to prevent accidents and cases of related ill health;
  • to actively manage and supervise health and safety within the society;
  • to have access to competent advice;
  • to seek continuous improvement in our health and safety performance and management through regular review and revision of this policy; and
  • to provide the resource required to make this policy and our Health and Safety arrangements effective.

To help achieve our objectives and ensure our members recognise their duties under health and safety legislation whilst within the society/group, the Directors will also inform them of their duty to take reasonable care for themselves and for others who might be affected by their activities.