Although our aim is to have fun and create there are a few Rules:
If we are all to enjoy the experience of 'shedding' we need to ensure we have a safe and secure environment. So we need a few rules and regulations to protect everyones safety and wellbeing. The rules fall into two categories - A Code of Conduct and Health & Safety, so here are the Rules: CODE OF CONDUCT
Purpose of “The Wells-next-the-Sea Men’s Shed”
To provide a venue for men to talk and connect with others while participating in group or individual projects.
To provide opportunities for friendship and socialising in a safe environment while at the same time providing the space, expertise and facilities for men to pursue hobbies, crafts and other creative activities.
To undertake projects, acceptable to the group, which are of benefit to individuals, other groups and the broader community.
To achieve this we will:
Maintain an open door policy and will not reject any person on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion or age, though some conditions may apply.
Certain restrictions may be placed on participation for physical safety reasons or if a participant needs the assistance of a carer (which must be provided by the participant).
Provide a safe physical environment.
Provide a safe and supportive social environment.
Provide referrals to other services or agencies when appropriate or requested.
Respect the rights and decisions of participants.
Respect the confidentiality and privacy of participants.
THE WORK ENVIRONMENT IN “THE SHED”
We will not tolerate abuse, violence, anti-social behaviour or infringements of the rights of others - persons indulging in this type of behaviour will be asked to leave the Shed.
Neither Alcohol nor non prescription drugs are allowed in the Shed - Any person arriving at the Shed obviously suffering from alcohol or drugs, will be asked to leave immediately and return when sober.
Participants are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous manner towards Duty Managers, Management Committee members, key holders and other users of “The Shed” - this includes being considerate of other persons need for space, tools, materials and equipment.
Each and all of the members will be responsible for implementing health and safety requirements and ensuring they are adhered to at all times. Each member is responsible for the safety of his fellow members. Everyone is a safety officer. Fortunately it mostly calls for care and common sense. See attached the Health & Safety Policy for the Wells-next-the-Sea Men’s Shed.
We will share learning, celebrate success and acknowledge and recognise participants.
Have respect and consideration for life outside the shed.
We will respect the policies and conditions of use of our hosts - the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway and their customers.
GENERAL SHED RULES
Always clean equipment after use and return tools to the appropriate place.
Remember to sign in on arrival and out upon leaving
Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitise hands regularly.
Always ensure tools and equipment are in safe working order.
If a fault is noticed you must immediately notify the Shed Duty Manager.
Ensure your immediate work area is free of obstructions and your operations shall not interfere with other shed activities.
No smoking in the Shed area.
CODE OF PRACTICE
“The Shed” resources are for “collective profit” not for personal profit.
Programs and activities need to be suitable to the aims and objectives of the project.
To commence a community or major project, a brief written proposal needs to be submitted to “The Shed” Committee who will assess the proposals for suitability.
No projects are to compete unfairly with local business.
The Shed identifies that it is necessary to make a profit from events and some projects and activities to ensure future financial viability.
Apply the general rule of “If in doubt, DON’T”
HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY STATEMENT
This is the Health and Safety Policy Statement of the Wells-next-the-Sea Men’s Shed Our statement of general policy is:
We encourage and support a culture whereby all members may identify, report, assess and control safety risks in The Shed;
Continuously improve their safety to reduce the risk of work related injury, illness and harm;
Provide induction training and briefings to ensure all members, and visitors have the relevant skills and knowledge to understand risks, and their safety obligations;
Comply with all applicable laws, regulations, statutory obligations, and other relevant requirements;
Ensure they have the resources and skills necessary to effectively manage our identified safely risks;
Maintain and improve a safety management system;
Consult and communicate with their members about safety;
Provide information and documentation to assist with effective safety management, including fire safety and details of the Assembly Point, should the need arise.
We also accept our duty of care for the health and safety of other people who may be affected by our activities, such as the general public who visit the Wells-next-the-Sea Men’s Shed or attend events held by the Wells-next-the-Sea Men’s Shed at other venues.
This policy will be reviewed and revised as necessary.
Day to day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice at the Wells-next-the-Sea Men’s Shed is delegated to the Appointed Health and Safety Officer. (Usually the Duty Manager)
Members of the Wells-next-the-Sea Men’s Shed taking part in activities should ensure that they understand the limits of their own competence and responsibility to deal with any Health and Safety issues that arise. This includes use of the contents of the First Aid Box. All volunteers have a duty to:
co-operate with the Duty Manager and the committee on health and safety matters
not interfere with anything provided to safeguard their health and safety
take reasonable care of their own and others’ health and safety
use equipment correctly in accordance with training and instructions