Health and Safety Policy Statement
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Our Statement and Commitment:
Love Literacy is committed to adhering to the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 during all aspects of its work as a contractor, whilst delivering counselling, mentoring and family intervention.
As a Contracted Service we will:
Commit to co-operate with the Council/Service provider to ensure that risks associated with their activities are effectively managed.
2. Commit to complying with the Council/Service providers health and safety management arrangements, including those relating to the reporting and investigation of accidents and incidents.
Our response to Coronavirus:
As a service we have taken on board the new Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), (an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus) and the ways this might impact our work.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) state: ‘Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness’.
In response to this, we have demonstrated our commitment to reducing the spread of the infection, protecting staff and service users by:
(a). Delivering some of our key services via Zoom to the highest possible standards in response to need. All Zoom lessons are password protected and students are admitted from the waiting room to ensure only registered students have access to lessons. Parents and students are also sent a guide stipulating online etiquette. Additionally, in line with Governments ease of restrictions we will;
(b). Adhere to the government's guidance on social distancing during direct work.
(c). Adapt additional measures to reduce the spread of infection by use of personal protective clothing, continue the guidance on increased hygiene measures i.e. washing of hands frequently.
(d). Adhere to the government's guidance on isolation for 14 days should exposure occur.
Love Literacy generally will:
have responsibility to:
Take reasonable care of oneself and any other people who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work;
Cooperate with managers and other staff so that safety requirements and standards may be met;
Undertake any mandatory training that is provided; and
Not interfere with, or misuse, anything provided by the Council / Service Provider in the interests of health, safety and welfare.
Become familiar with and comply with, relevant safety instructions at all times;
Report to designated manager incidents, including near misses that have led to or may lead to injury or damage to property and/or equipment and assist in the investigation of such incidents if required;
Use any machinery, equipment, safety devices, transport and substances in accordance with safety instructions and the training given and report any problems;
Make full use of any system of work designed to reduce the risk of injury to themselves;
Use approved personal protective equipment for the purpose for which it was supplied. This to include equipment associated with the protection from Covid 19 coronavirus.
Not work under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Discuss with designated managers any work-related health or stress issues that could affect their ability to perform safely or to the required standard.
To ensure enhanced CRB are carried out on all employees and references are taken up prior to issuing a contract of employment.
To protect all the students and staff from abuse and report any cases of this to the appropriate authority.
Health & Safety at Work etc., Act 1974 Section 2(3)
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 Regulation 5