NatWest CricketForce 2008 - Health and Safety advice and planning
Whilst NatWest CricketForce is designed for a club to improve its facilities and environment with the help of unpaid volunteers, it is important for each club to approach each project in a professional and considered manner.
With many projects involving demolition and construction works, it is vitally important that each club takes steps to protect those individuals taking part.
To do this, each club should put together its own health and safety plan for the works to be undertaken – and to do this a club should investigate the likely risks of the work to be undertaken and take steps to mitigate against those risks.
A member of the club with suitable experience and expertise should be the designated health and safety officer for the project with the necessary authority to act and direct people as required. For certain notifiable projects (as set out in the outline plan below) it is a legal requirement to appoint a Construction Design Management Co-ordinator.
Many of the steps to be taken may seem fairly obvious (for example ensuring that anyone using any tools has the appropriate safety equipment and is trained and able to use the tools correctly).
Other risks may be less clear and may depend on the work to be undertaken (for example when removing any structures, there may be a risk of asbestos having been used in its construction).
To assist each club in drawing up its health and safety plan, an outline plan is available to download below for your information:
This plan sets out some of the basic precautions to be taken in the light of some of last year’s NatWest CricketForce activities.
It is not possible to cover all eventualities in a standard plan, therefore each club should ensure that it adapts this plan to its individual circumstances.
It is important that the club then ensures that all volunteers are aware of and follow this plan.
Finally, each club should check the terms of its public liability insurance cover to ensure that it is insured for the works being undertaken and to cover any injury to any person involved in such works.
Ultimately each club and its officers are responsible for health and safety on its premises.