Health and Safety

Buckingham Canal Society (BCS) relies on volunteers and we aim to make the work of restoration a fun and enjoyable activity. We also have to consider the safety and health of all involved in our work to restore the canal, from fund raising and meetings through maintenance tasks and beyond into significant project activities.

It is the firm intent of BCS to take all reasonable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all persons (trustees / employees / volunteers / visitors / members of public) in fulfilment of its moral, legal and economic responsibilities. These measures will also be aimed at protecting others who may be affected by our day to day activities. It is a management function of the Society to provide the right circumstances under which work may be carried out safely. However, all employees and volunteers must understand that they have a legal duty not only to work in a safe manner, but also to co-operate with the Society’s Executive Committee in any efforts to fulfil their responsibilities.

Health and Safety Officer – The Society undertakes to create and maintain appropriate documentation and procedures to clearly define responsibility & accountability for safety at all levels. To assist with this, we have the benefit of our Health and Safety Officer, Mr Anthony Smith Roberts MA, CMIOSH, OSHCR, Consultant, to assist and advise the Society on health, safety and welfare matters. The Health and Safety Officer will attend a meeting with the trustees at least every six months to review and update arrangements relating to any changes in health and safety legislation.

The Society will:

Maintain close co-operation with landowners, Canal & River Trust, Inland Waterways Association, Waterway Recovery Group, local councils, Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Advisers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that procedures and practices are satisfactory.

Ensure that every possible liaison and co-operation is given to interested parties in regard to Safety requirements.

Make every reasonable effort to promote amongst its employees and volunteers a genuine awareness of Health, Safety and Welfare Matters and to create an understanding of the importance of Safe Working Practices and the use of Personal Protective Equipment, Work Clothing and Safety Equipment where appropriate.

Encourage members, trustees, employees, partners and volunteers to involve themselves fully in Safety activities and the reporting of unsafe conditions, near misses or bad practices as well as to abide by any Risk Assessments made by the Society.

Comply wherever relevant with the latest requirements of the Management of Health and Safety At Work Regulations 1999, the Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations 2007 and the Working at Height Regulations 2005.