Tuesday to Friday 9 - 17.30
Saturday 9 - 12
The health and safety of both our service users and the staff of our subcontractors is fundamental to the Company. The Practice is committed to minimising the risk of workplace injury or illness for our staff and patients. The Practice does this by:
We recognise that the benefits of good safety management to be:
The Practice complies with all health and safety legislation and this policy has been created to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, section 2(3).
Our health and safety policy will be reviewed and possibly revised in the light of experience, or because of operational or organisational changes and/or annually.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the Practice’s staff perform their duties in full accordance with our commitment to health and safety.
The audience of this policy is the Practice’s staff, local NHS and health agency teams, patients and any other local stakeholder which we may liaise with when performing optical services.
This policy is held by the Practice’s management and all our staff are required to be familiar with, and utilise, it. New staff are required to understand its contents as a part of their induction.
The Practice’s management and health and safety lead identity training issues with staff and develop support programmes as required. This can be either individually or with the whole team and takes in induction training and job specific training. We carry out consultations with employees to obtain their feedback and suggestions on health and safety issues. Training records are retained.
Our named health and safety lead with overall responsibility for health and safety is David Wyndham. The health and safety lead is responsible for ensuring that staff are sufficiently trained and are aware of their responsibilities. The health and safety lead will:
All staff are responsible for ensuring they perform their duties safely and with due regard to the health and safety of their patients, their colleagues and themselves. Staff must ensure that they:
We employ the following processes/procedures for elements of health and safety securitisation:
Accidents: All accidents should be reported by staff to the health and safety lead. Records of accidents will be kept by the health and safety lead and a member of staff will be trained in first aid. The health and safety lead requires, arranges and retains record of health and safety incidents. They explain to staff where first aid equipment is stored and the appointed person/first aider for first aid.
Access: Staff are required to keep passageways clear of obstacles, particularly cables.
Electrical equipment: Staff must not tamper with electrical equipment or attempt to make repairs. All faults should be reported to the health and safety lead who will report it to a competent person to rectify. Sockets should not be overloaded. Personal equipment should not be used in the office.
Fire hazards: The Practice conducts fire risk assessments and checks on escape routes, fire extinguishers, alarms and evacuation procedures. Evacuation points are clearly displayed to staff and patients. Staff should be familiar with emergency procedures.
Hazards: Staff should report potential hazards to the health and safety lead.
Information: The Health and Safety Law Poster will be displayed, or the equivalent leaflets will be issued in the Practice.
Risk assessment: A risk assessment is carried out to identify and list health and safety risks and action needed to remove/control any risks. The staff member responsible is noted as is the timetable for review. We list our health and safety risks internally and ensure that all staff are aware of these. Risks are assessed in accordance with the Practice’s Risk and Issue Management Policy.
Safe handling and use of substances (if applicable): The Practice identifies who is responsible for undertaking control of substances hazardous to health assessments, informing employees and reviewing assessments. Staff members who are not responsible for handling hazardous substances are not permitted to do so unless specifically instructed otherwise.
Safe plant and equipment: The Practice identifies when maintenance on equipment is needed, holds a list of maintenance procedures, and reporting lines in the event of potentially dangerous equipment.
Waste: Prevention, segregation, handling, transport and disposal of waste will be managed so as to minimise the risks to the health and safety of staff and patients (please see the Practice’s Environmental Management System for more information).
Workstation assessment: The health and safety lead should ensure that staff are comfortable with their workstations. Staff surveys are carried out and the health and safety lead will help resolve any issues flagged.
The health and safety lead monitors workplace conditions and safe working practices. They also monitor staff implementation of health and safety implementation.
NHS England maintains a Safety Alert Broadcast System (SABS). The Company will ensure that any appropriate action has been taken in response to a SAB. For effectiveness, we will send an acknowledgement that the alert has been received and any appropriate action has been taken.
This policy will be reviewed annually from the initial approval date by David Wyndham & Branch managers.