Health and Safety Policy


Woodbridge Riverside Trust Health and Safety Policy

Woodbridge Riverside Trust is a registered charity in Suffolk. The Trust is an enabler for a wide range of creative projects. All activities are planned and run by community volunteers or Associated Organisations.

Associated organisations will be wholly responsible for the health and safety of their operatives and or volunteers in accordance with Government legislation. Associated organisations are responsible for the production of Risk Assessments related to their operations and for providing copies of same to Woodbridge Riverside Trust.

Responsibility for the implementation of this policy lies with the Trustees of WRT. The policy will be reviewed and updated, as required, annually in January

  • . The purposes of this policy
    • To ensure the health and safety of trust members, employees, volunteers and visitors engaged in any approved activities which are under the direction of WRT.
    • To prevent accidents and cases of work/activity-related ill health.
    • To maintain safe and healthy working conditions, provide and maintain plant, equipment

and machinery, and ensure safe storage I use of substances.

  • To ensure emergency procedures are in place in the event of fire or other significant incident at all approved activities.
  • To ensure compliance with legislation and or Government advice relating to communicable diseases
  • Achieving the aims of the policy
    • To achieve the aims as set out above, the Trustees will ensure:
    • That appropriate risk assessments are carried out for all approved activities. Once every

three months for The Longshed’ and always prior to any ‘one-off activity that involves the public. An up to date copy of each Risk Assessment is available in the Longshed office

  • That all volunteers and/or employees have access to and and are aware of Issues identified in risk assessments are addressed.
  • That all volunteers and/or employees have access to and and are aware of the policy and supporting documents contained in annexes to this document.
  • That information related to Health and Safety is displayed in The Longshed.
  • That The Longshed is adequately equipped with first aid resources, an accident/incident record book and other required emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers and a fire blanket. Fire extinguishers are to be maintained annually and replaced when required
  • That the effectiveness of the policy is reviewed quarterly.
  1. General
  1. Food or drink should only be consumed in the ‘mess room’.

        Exception: Drinks for stewards maybe consumed on the ground floor but must be in

        a lidded vessel to avoid spillage where possible

       The mess room should be kept tidy and clean and waste items regularly removed and deposited in the appropriate waste bin

  1. The areas of the workspace used, should be swept/vacuumed at the end of each session/day.
  2. There should always be a minimum of two people present for working in the Longshed. Exception; the caretaker doing cleaning or persons working in the office. Contact details of staff members in case of emergency shall be displayed at the access doors.
  3. All accidents that require first aid treatment should be recorded in the ‘ Incident Book’ and serious accidents/incidents reported to The Trust chair. Serious accidents must always be reported to RIDDOR (this is a legal requirement) emergency services should be alerted where there is any doubt about someone’s immediate health.

       The last persons to leave The Longshed should check that all lights and power are off and that the premises are secure

   4. Unwanted items should be disposed of in the appropriate containers (scrap wood, metal, general rubbish, solvents container and ‘oily rag’ bin).

        These bins should be regularly emptied.

    Policy updated January 2024

    Next review January 2025


Annex A Good Workshop Practice for ‘The Longshed’

  1. Overview

This document does not set out to detail every example of safe practice or how to achieve it, but gives broad guidelines.

It is expected that all volunteers will support each other in maintaining a good working environment and promoting positive approaches to health and safety.

  1. Equipment
  2. All mains voltage equipment used in the Longshed must be PAT tested prior to use.
  3. Workbench equipment must only be used by individuals who have received proper training/induction.
  4. Safety guards must always be in place and properly used on machinery equipped with such.
  5. The use of personal hand tools is at the owner’s risk. The Trust accepts no responsibility or liability for the safe keeping of such items.
  6. Dust extraction must be used for all bench machinery and a vacuum cleaner used for all hand held equipment-generated debris.
  7. All tools must be returned to correct storage places at the end of every day/work session
  8. Materials
  9. Large items of wood must be correctly stored in the facilities provided.
  10. Sensible precautions should be taken when moving large, heavy or unwieldy items.
  11. All solvents, adhesives, and paints must be stored in the steel container provided when not in use.
  12. Floors should be kept clear of casual items, timber offcuts and trailing cables.
  13. Good working practices (use of gloves, masks and goggles) should be adopted for working with potentially harmful chemicals.
  14. Sensible practice should be adopted for any work that involves being off ground height.


Risk Assessment Form

Copies of this form will be sent to the Chair of WRT and also posted in The Longshed

Date Completed:                Person Completing                          Follow up check date

(If needed)

What are the hazards?Specific hazard IdentifiedWhat is being done already?Additional action needed to manage this risk?Action by whom?Action by when?Issue resolved Y/N
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