A Fool-Proof Formula For Keeping Volunteers Safe

20 April 2018
Volunteers Safe

We've all heard the stories about Health and Safety "gone mad".

But the truth is, health and safety law doesn't generally impose obligations on those who aren't an employer, self-employed or an employee (although charities will have a common law duty of care).

This means those who volunteer for social action activities needn't worry about health and safety getting in their way - in fact, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) fully recognises and supports the wider benefits of social action.

However, organisers and volunteers should still consider what could go wrong during their events and what they could do to prevent it.

Basic Questions To Keep In Mind

  • What are the risks of an organiser/volunteer/participant/visitor being harmed by a hazard?
  • How serious could the harm be?
  • How high is the risk?
  • How could accidents happen and who might they harm?
  • What could you do to control these risks and make the event safer?

You can download our Risk Assessment template to help you through the process.

Is There Anything Else You Should Think About?

Yes! Depending on the event or activity, there'll be a variety of things to bear in mind to ensure the safety of those attending.

We recommend you consider the following:

  • The safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians
  • Managing entrances and exits to stop overcrowding
  • Ensuring the venue is free from slip and trip hazards, which are one of the leading causes of injury
  • Ensuring structures like bouncy castles or fairground rides have an up-to-date inspection certificate or certificate of conformity
  • First aid arrangements
  • Fire safety and electrical safety
  • Young volunteer supervision

You can find further guidance at GOV.UK.

How Can Swift360 Help?

Most events will require the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and workplace safety equipment to maximise safety.

For example, volunteers assisting movement of traffic in car parks should wear branded high visibility clothing to keep them safe. Additionally, the use of traffic cones and temporary pedestrian barriers are a common requirement.

And that's just scratching the surface!

To make sure you've got everything you need to keep volunteers and attendees safe, download our free Multi-Service catalogue now. For any further product queries, don't hesitate to get in contact.