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Health and Safety Matters at Bristol Croquet Club

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The Club is committed to protecting the health and safety of all its members, contractors and visitors. All members share equally in this general responsibility. In addition, specific matters are a Committee responsibility, or covered in the Role Descriptions of various office holders of the Club.

Each year the Committee conducts/reviews a formal General Risk Assessment. All members should familiarise themselves with these.

The General Risk Assessment covers risks specific to croquet, and risks specific to our Club. It does not detail risks of an everyday nature, e.g. 'the kitchen knives are sharp'. In the clubhouse and outside, all should act with the caution you would exercise in a stranger's house and garden. Do not use kitchen or grounds maintenance appliances with which you are not familiar; for example ceramic hobs may be hot without it being apparent.

Anyone finding a faulty piece of equipment should disconnect the item and inform a Committee member as soon as is practicable. Similarly, if you suspect a risk exposure, temporarily mitigate it if possible and tell a Committee member.

All members are asked to record any accidents or injuries in the Accident Book, which is hung on the Health and Safety Noticeboard. Every new entry is examined at the next Committee meeting, to determine whether and how each event may be avoided in future, and to put mitigation steps into effect.

The First Aid box is prominently placed in the clubhouse, visible from the door. The contents are reviewed annually by the Secretary, and as and when the review of the Accident Book points to further needs. If you use anything up, tell the Secretary, who will replenish the stock.

The Club is committed to comply with all legislation, such as the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974. The Clubhouse Manager arranges regular testing of the fire extinguishers and the PAT testing (Portable Appliance Testing) of all electrical equipment; certificates are displayed on the noticeboard. The Club also requires external contractors to comply with all relevant legislation; for example our lawns are treated with pesticides, and Greensward is registered under the Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2020.

The Club effects all Croquet England recommended insurances through the agency of Croquet England and the current Certificate of Insurance is displayed on the noticeboard.

Limited food stocks are held, but those responsible for acquiring perishable goods also rotate stock and withdraw from sale any items beyond their Sell-By date.

Agreed by Committee March 2023 To be reviewed March 2024

For more information, please email Chris Frew, who will be happy to help.