Health, Safety and Fire Policy and Arrangements

Summary

This policy sets out how Estyn meets its primary duties under health and safety legislation and the specific arrangements in place to manage health (i.e. physical, mental and social wellbeing) and safety (ie freedom from unacceptable risk of harm). A written health and policy statement, signed by the Chief Inspector, is at Appendix 1 and is displayed in the Estyn office. It sets out Estyn’s key aims and guiding principles in respect of health and safety and applies to all staff, visitors and contractors on Estyn premises.

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The arrangements set out in this document apply to all permanent employees, secondees and temporary staff working for Estyn when they work in Estyn offices or off site. For the purposes of this document the term ‘staff’ will refer to permanent employees, secondees and temporary agency staff.

Contractors who undertake work on Estyn’s behalf off-site under contractual or other arrangements are bound by this policy and by any additional health and safety requirements set out in the specific contract or conditions under which they work with or for Estyn.

Separate policies and procedures in relation to specific work areas and practices (for example, driving, lone working and home working) have been developed and are referred to within this policy. Further policies and procedures will be developed as needed to reflect changes in legislation and in the structure and operational requirements of Estyn.