HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY

1. ABOUT THIS POLICY

1.1 This policy sets out Maisonnette Ltd’s (referred to in this policy as “we”, “us”, “our”) arrangements for ensuring we meet our health and safety obligations to staff and anyone visiting our premises or affected by our work. It also sets out our policy in relation to children and vulnerable adults whom we may provide services to.

1.2 Didier Bankole has overall responsibility for health and safety and the operation of this policy.

1.3 This policy may be amended it at any time. We will continue to review this policy to ensure it is achieving its aims.

2. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

2.1 All staff engaged by us (whether a permanent member of staff, contractor or freelancer) share responsibility for achieving safe working conditions. You must take care of your own health and safety and that of others, observe applicable safety rules and follow instructions for the safe use of equipment.

2.2 You should report any health and safety concerns immediately to Didier Bankole.

2.3 You must co-operate with managers on health and safety matters, including the investigation of any incident.

2.4 Failure to comply with this policy may be treated as misconduct and we may remove you from your position.

3. INFORMATION AND CONSULTATION

We will inform and consult directly with all staff regarding health and safety matters.

4. TRAINING

4.1 We will ensure that you are given adequate training and supervision to perform your work competently and safely.

5. EQUIPMENT

5.1 You must use equipment (e.g. cleaning equipment) in accordance with any instructions given to you. Any equipment fault or damage must immediately be reported to Didier Bankole. Do not attempt to repair equipment unless trained to do so.

6. ACCIDENTS AND FIRST AID

6.1 All accidents and injuries at work, however minor, should be reported to Didier Bankole who will recorded them in the accident book which is kept in the head office.

7. FIRE SAFETY

7.1 When at the premises of customers, all staff should familiarise themselves with any fire safety instructions/notices and locate any fire exits.

7.2 If you hear a fire alarm, leave the building immediately by the nearest fire exit and go to the fire assembly point shown on the fire safety notices (where they exist).

8. CHILDREN & VULNERABLE ADULTS

8.1 All staff working for us, either as a permanent member of staff, contractor or freelancer and regardless of seniority or role, have a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

8.2 When working with children and the elderly it is important to recognise that those individuals may be vulnerable, and you must ensure that you are knowledgeable and confident to report any concerns they may have for the child or vulnerable adult. It is important not to delay taking whatever action is necessary to safeguard the child or vulnerable adult. Consider the following:
(a) Is the child or adult in immediate danger? If yes, dial 999 and ask for the Police and then inform Didier Bankole (b) Is the child or adult in need of urgent medical intervention? If yes, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance and then inform the child’s parent/guardian and then Didier Bankole. (c) If the level of urgency is not reflective of any of the above but you have concerns for a child or adult or believe they may be at risk of harm you must contact Didier Bankole. They will discuss with you whether a referral to the authorities or other steps are appropriate.

8.3 If we remove you from working with children (or would have, had you not left first) because we believe you pose a risk of harm to children, we have a legal duty to make a referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service (“DBS”).

8.4 Where you will be working with children as part of your duties, a DBS check will be undertaken prior to you undertaking any employment that meets the criteria.

9. PERSONAL HYGIENE AT WORK

9.1 Make sure you comply at all time with regular personal hygiene standard, e.g. wash your hands regularly with soap and water; stay at home if you are ill, so you do not spread it to other people; try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth, as viruses can transfer from your hands and into the body; wear gloves for meal preparation or domestic cleaning.

10. MEASURES TO CONTROL RISK

We carry out general workplace risk assessments periodically. The purpose is to assess the risks to health and safety of employees, visitors and other third parties as a result of our activities, and to identify any measures that need to be taken to control those risks.