Health and Safety Policy for the Lectio Centre. Date of Policy April 2018
Note to all Users of the Lectio Centre, Lectio Communities, Employees ,Volunteers ,
Visitors and all others
The Lectio Centre Management Board has developed this Health and Safety Policy as a
measure to safeguard the health and safety of all who use the Lectio Centre.The Board via
this policy seeks to fulfil its general and specific duties of care under the Health and Safety
Regulations (1978,2000)The success of this Health and Safety Policy depends on your
cooperation. It is important that you read this document carefully and understand your role
in the overall arrangements for health and safety of everyone using the Lectio Centre
General Policy Statement
Our policy, so far as is reasonably practicable is to provide and maintain a safe and healthy
environment for all users of our Lectio Centre and to provide such information, training
and supervision necessary for this purpose.
We will also endeavour to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare
of all our community members ,employees, volunteers visitors and anyone who visits the
Lectio Centre.The allocation of duties for safety matters and any particular arrangements
which are made to implement the policy are set out below.The policy will be kept up to
date, particularly in the light of any changes which may be made to the building itself or to
the activities or work conditions of the Lectio Centre. The policy and the way in which it is
operated will be reviewed regularly and the appropriate changes or additions will be made.
Lectio Communities, Employees, Volunteers and general users will also be consulted
regularly to have their views on the best working of the Health and Safety policies.
Organisation and Responsibilities
Organisation and Responsibilities of the Director
Overall responsibility for health and safety is that of the Lectio Centre Director .The
responsibility of Lectio Centre Management Board shall be -:
to be familiar with Health and Safety Policy
to ensure the health and safety policy is observed
to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, that safe systems of work are in place
to ensure the Lectio Centre is clean and tidy and properly maintained
to ensure that safety equipment is provided and used where this is required
to ensure that all equipment and tools are properly maintained and in good
condition and that all operators have received the appropriate training
to ensure that adequate access and exits are maintained
to ensure adequate fire fighting equipment is available and maintained.
Responsibility of Lectio Communities employees and voluntary workers:All Lectio
Communities, employees and voluntary helpers have a responsibility to co-operate
in the implementation of this health and safety policy and to take reasonable care of
themselves and others whilst in the Lectio Centre.
Lectio Communities,Employees and voluntary workers must therefore-:
comply with safety rules, operating instructions and working procedures
report any fault or defect in equipment immediately to the appropriate person
report all accidents (however minor), and record in First Aid Book
not misuse anything provided in the interests of health and safety .
Arrangements (Implementation of the Policy)This section sets out our
arrangements to minimise as far as is reasonably practicable risks to the health and safety of
Lectio Communities employees, voluntary workers, visitors and contractors.
Accidents and First Aid
First Aid box is located: in the Lectio Centre Kitchen .
The accident book is located with the First Aid box in the kitchen.
All accidents and incidents must be entered in the accident book.
General Fire Safety Our policy is to fulfil our obligations under the Fire Safety Regulations
Evacuation exits (Fire regulations)
Fire Exits will be labelled
All Lectio Communities, employees and volunteers will be aware of Fire Exits.
Information re the Assembly Point will be displayed prominently in the Lectio
A fob that opens, the Lectio Centre gate will be kept outside the Lectio Room ,on
1 st floor, beside the fire exit and all Lectio Communities will know where it is located.
All Lectio Communities, employees and volunteers will be aware of Fire Exits.
In order to achieve this, we have undertaken the following-:
an assessment of the fire risks in the Lectio Centre and associated buildings
a check that a fire can be detected in a reasonable time and that people can be
a check that people who may be in the building can get out safely
provide reasonable fire fighting equipment.
a check that those in the building know what to do if there is a fire
.a regular check that our fire fighting equipment is in place and is serviceable,
There is a biennial maintenance contract in place with a reputable company.
What to do if a fire is discovered (no matter how small):
Raise the alarm /break the glass
Call the Fire Brigade
Evacuate the Building
Report to the Assembly Point
Await Fire Brigade
What to do on hearing the fire alarm
Instruct everyone to leave the building by the nearest exit.
Leaving all your belongings behind .
From the 1 st and 2 nd floors
Exit by fire door and fire escape .
Or Exit by the main stairs , if it is safe to do so, leave the building by the front or side
Close any doors or windows behind you if it is safe to do so
Do not use the lift
Proceed to the Assembly Point across the road, at the gate of the Dominican
Do not try to re-enter the building
From the ground floor
Exit by the front or side door of the Lectio Centre
Proceed to the Assembly Point
Await the Fire Brigade
Do not attempt to re-enter the building until Firefighters say it is safe.
Lectio Guides should check that all members of their community have arrived at the
designated assembly point , which is across the road ,at the gate of the Dominican garden.
The general rule is People before Property.Ensure clear access for emergency vehicles
At regular intervals, plugs, cables and sockets to be inspected to ensure there are no
loose connections, worn flexes or trailing leads.
Any repairs need to be carried out by a competent electrician.All Lectio
Communities, employees and voluntary workers must observe the following-:
Visually check all electrical equipment before use
Report all faults immediately to a member of the Lectio Centre Management Board
Do not attempt to use or repair faulty equipment
Electrical equipment should be switched off and disconnected when not in usefor
Flex and cables should be so positioned and so protected that they do notconstitute
a tripping hazard .
Hazardous Substances in the Lectio Centre
Polishes and materials used for cleaning are kept at a distance from any electrical
sockets as advised.
Cleaning fluids such as washing up liquid and cleaners for work surfaces are kept in a
cupboard under the sink.
Slips, trips and falls ( condition of floors, steps and paths)
In order to reduce as far as is reasonably practicable the risks of slips , trips and falls,
regular inspection to be made of floors and stairs in the Lectio Centre, the entrance/
exits and steps in the Lectio Centre.
Wet floor notice will be displayed when appropriate.
In order to ensure that the Lectio Centre is adequately lit :-
regular inspections will be carried out ensuring that all lights are replaced as
the necessary safety precautions will be followed to replace bulbs at high levels
Working at High Level
Only approved contractors, employees or competent volunteers may work at
high levels, subject to the necessary safety provisions being in place
. Ladders may only be used when they can be safely secured. This may
necessitate the use of ladder ties or a two-person operation.
Manual Handling (Lifting, Carrying and Moving Loads)
Our policy is to eliminate the need for manual handling as far as reasonably
Where it is not possible to avoid the need to move loads, we will carry out risk
assessments and make use of lifting aids.
The necessary training will be given to all those employees and voluntary workers
who are required to undertake manual handling.
Only those persons who have received the appropriate training are authorised to
undertake manual handling tasks.
Anyone entering Lectio Centre premises for the purpose of carrying out work, other
than an employee or voluntary worker will be regarded as a contractor.
All contractors, including the self-employed, must abide by the following:
Have their own health and safety policy (where required by law) and be able to
provide a copy of the same.
Produce evidence that they have appropriate public and employers liability
insurance in place.
Comply with all requirements of this health and safety policy and cooperate with
the Lectio Centre Management Board in providing a safe place of work and a safe
system of operation.
The security of all Lectio Communities, employees, volunteers and visitors is
paramount to The Lectio Centre Director, and The Lectio Management Board .
Review of Policy
Policy to be reviewed every 3 years