Do Health & Safety rules apply to charity workers?
Yes, health and safety rules apply to charity workers. Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, all employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their employees, including volunteers. This means that employers must assess the risks in the workplace and take steps to control them.
Employers also have a duty to provide their employees with information and training on health and safety. This includes training on how to use equipment safely, how to avoid hazards, and what to do in the event of an accident.
Charity workers are entitled to the same level of protection as paid employees. This means that they should be provided with safe working conditions and equipment, and they should be trained on how to work safely.
If you are a charity worker, you should have access to a health and safety policy and risk assessment. You should also be given training on health and safety matters. If you have any concerns about your health and safety, you should talk to your employer.
Here are some examples of health and safety rules that may apply to charity workers:
- Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, safety glasses, and hard hats, when required.
- Following safe working practices when using equipment and machinery.
- Being aware of the hazards in the workplace and taking steps to avoid them.
- Reporting any accidents or hazards to your employer immediately.
If you are unsure about any health and safety rules, you should ask your employer or a health and safety expert.