Health and Safety and Insurance
Being aware of health and safety doesn’t mean stopping people from having fun. It’s just a matter of thinking about risks and taking sensible steps to avoid them. This section contains information to help your group develop risk assessments, policies and insurance provision to match your activities.
Click on the Services tab above for details of insurance providers and other people who can help with health and safety issues.
This is an introduction to health and safety for community groups run by volunteers, that don’t have any employees or control any premises. It includes tips and ideas for keeping people well and safe at your events and activities, information on how and why to write a health and safety policy, and some sample policies.
Basic information about whether you need to register or apply for a licence for your event
Information to help you decide whether you need public liability insurance for your events.
The system we use for hiring equipment to community and voluntary groups.
Resource Centre Health and Safety Policy, as required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
These procedures should be followed by staff at all times in order to ensure safe work methods and use of equipment and to maintain safe and healthy working conditions for all employees and users of the Centre.
A simple guide to risk assessments for community groups.
We provide sample risk assessments for our Bouncy Castle, Balloon Typhoon, Popcorn Machine and Candy Floss Machines. We suggest that you use these to give you ideas when carrying out your own risk assessment. Your risk assessment should be specific to your event and organisation.
An introduction to DBS checking for community groups and organisations.
These books are available at the Resource Centre, for reference only. If you prefer to borrow them, some of the titles are available at local libraries in Brighton & Hove. Groups based in Sussex are welcome to come in and browse our bookshelf and noticeboards.
- Charity and Voluntary Workers - A guide to health and safety at work
- Community Matters: Reference Manual for Community Organisations Advisers
- First Aid Reference Guide (St John Ambulance 2012)
- First steps - a guide to developing out of school clubs for community associations or similar groups
- Firstcheck: a step by step guide for organisations to safeguard children
- Guidance to assist organisers of small events
- Guide to health, safety and welfare at pop concerts and similar events
- Health and safety at outdoor community events (Part 1 & 2)
- Risk Toolkit: How to take care of risk in volunteering
- Safe Network: Are they Safe? Guide
- Simply Governance: A comprehensive guide to understanding the systems & processes concerned with the running of a sustainable community enterprise
- The good practice safety guide for small and sporting events taking place on the highway, roads and public places
- The Health and Safety Handbook for voluntary and community organisations
- Voluntary but not amateur: a guide to the law for voluntary organisations and community groups
- Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook
The services listed below are not provided by the Resource Centre. These are websites and services we feel are particularly useful for small groups in Brighton & Hove, and which are not easy to find by searching the internet.
Most useful services for local groups
Health and Safety Information, Help with developing policies and sample policies, Information on being an employer, Information on legal issues, Information on managing community and voluntary sector groups, Information about managing volunteers, Risk Assessment (Financial and Organisational), Risk Assessment (Health and Safety / Fire)
Produce a 5 step guide to risk assessment, available online. Also publish a range of health and safety publications, including a guide to drawing up a Safety Policy and Accident Report forms.
Help with developing a safeguarding policy, Help with developing policies and sample policies, Information and training about safeguarding, Quality Assurance System providers, Training for community groups, Umbrella bodies for DBS checking
Safety Net is a charity that provides training and support for community groups around safeguarding.
They run safeguarding training for community groups, and offer support with developing safeguarding policies. You can arrange a one-to-one session to write a safeguarding policy. This costs £30 for small groups.
They offer a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) application service.
They run a free monthly DBS advice surgery for groups that are members of Community Works, on the first Thursday of every month. You need to book a half-hour slot in advance. If you are using Safety Net for your DBS applications, you can also bring forms and ID documents for checking at the surgery.
They can help organisations use the Simple Quality Protects tool to assess the quality of their work and services.
- Fire Protection
- First Aid courses
- First aid cover at events
- Getting outside help with running a sports group
- Health and Safety Information
- Help with developing a safeguarding policy
- Help with developing policies and sample policies
- Information and training about safeguarding
- Information on being an employer
- Information on food hygiene
- Information on insurance
- Insurance suppliers
- Legal advice
- Quality Assurance System providers
- Risk Assessment (Health and Safety / Fire)
- Tax and insurance training
- Umbrella bodies for DBS checking