; Legal Obligations

All organisations have a 'Duty of Care' towards those that come into contact with the organisation. This means they have a duty to take reasonable care to avoid causing harm to service users, volunteers and members of the public. In practice this may mean providing suitable equipment, training and/or supervision based on a risk assessment of the activity, event or work being undertaken.

Organisations employing at least one member of staff under contract have legal obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. However, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that volunteer run organisations use the Act as a good practice guide as far as practicable.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 place duties on employers to assess and manage risks to their employees and others arising from work activities. In addition, organisations that 'control' non-domestic buildings have a duty to ensure the building is safe to use and complies with relevant Health & Safety regulations.

The Health and Safety Executive have some useful guidance on their webiste relating to voluntary organisations

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