Health and Safety policy

1.0 Purpose

To ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of our Employees and Volunteers while they are at work and of others, including visitors, who may be affected by their undertakings, and to comply with all the relevant legislation.

2.0 Scope

To ensure the principles of health and safety are clearly understood throughout the Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban, we will be committed to:

  • ensuring that there are arrangements put into place for the effective planning, development and review of this health and safety policy;
  • ensuring that appropriate systems are developed and maintained for the effective communication of health and safety matters throughout the Cathedral;
  • protecting the safety and health of all Employees and Volunteers within the Cathedral by preventing work-related injuries, ill health, disease and incidents;
  • complying with relevant health and safety laws and regulations, voluntary programmes and other requirements to which the Cathedral subscribes;
  • ensuring that Employees, Volunteers and their representatives are consulted and encouraged to participate actively in all elements of the Health and Safety Management System;
  • continually improving the performance of the Health and Safety Management System;
  • providing the necessary information, instruction and training to Employees and others, including temporary Employees and Volunteers to ensure their competence with respect to health and safety;
  • devoting the necessary resources in the form of finance, equipment, personnel and time to ensure the health and safety of Employees, Volunteers and visitors. Expert help will be sought where the necessary skills are not available within the Cathedral;
  • liaising and working with all necessary persons to ensure health and safety, and also ensuring that adequate arrangements are in place for the health and safety of visitors

3.0 Roles & Responsibilities

The ultimate responsibility for Health and Safety within the Cathedral & Abbey Church of St Alban lies with the Cathedral Chapter.

  • The Chapter will annually review the Health & Safety policy for continued suitability.
  • The Chapter will review, sign and date the Health and Safety Statement annually, and bring it to the attention of all Employees and Volunteers.

We recognise that safety is the responsibility of everyone and is not just a function of management. Employees and Volunteers will have specific duties and responsibilities to comply with the letter and spirit of the policy. Employees and Volunteers have specific responsibilities to take reasonable care of themselves and others that could be affected by their activities and to co-operate to achieve the standards required.

4.0 Procudure

The Cathedral will in consultation with our Employees and Volunteers and their representatives set out in writing a commitment to ensuring that our Health and Safety policy will be:

  • specific to the Cathedral and appropriate to the nature of our activities;
  • concise, clearly written, dated and made effective by the signature of the Warden on behalf of the Chapter;
  • communicated and readily accessible to all persons at their place of work;
  • reviewed for continuing suitability; and
  • made available to relevant external interested parties, as appropriate.

Stephen De Silva, Cathedral Warden
June 2010

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