Health and Safety training offers opportunities for local charities

As part of Programme and Project Partners (PPP), EJ Parker Technical Services has been providing “An Introduction to Health & Safety in the Workplace” training.

EJ Parker, which is a Key Delivery Partner (KDP) on the PPP HVAC framework, has been working in partnership with Gordon Henry, from Bedrock Basics, to provide the training for local charities and not-for-profit organistions.

As all employers and businesses have legal duties and responsibilities to ensure that their workplace is a safe and healthy environment for all staff, unpaid staff/volunteers and members of the public who enter this workspace for any reason (such as people who use services, clients and customers). This legal duty applies to all charities and social enterprises regardless of size.

PPP Head of Social Impact Luke Richardson said: “This is a really great example of skills-based volunteering. I’m really pleased to see EJ Parkers continued participation in our social impact programme. I’d also like to send a personal thank you to Callum, Anne Marie and Gordon for their efforts to develop the training, make it available to 11 organisations and deliver it. I’d extend that thank you to EJ Parkers team across PPP. I look forward to seeing the training programme continue and welcome other companies bringing new modules to the programme.”

This informative session provided an overview and introduction to the topic of health and safety in the workplace.  Key areas covered included:

  • Health & Safety – The Laws and Legal Framework
  • Health & Safety – Identifying Risks and Hazards in the Workplace
  • Health & Safety – Signage – What, Where and Why?
  • Risk Assessments – and How to Read Them
  • What is Health and Safety?
  • Health and Safety Law (for volunteers)
  • Regulations and ACOPs
  • Hazards and Risks
  • Risk Assessments
  • Accident and Incidents and how to report them.
  • Signs and what they stand for
  • Situational Awareness in the workplace

​​​​​​​Following the training, Gordon Henry said: “Bedrock Basics Project thanks EJ Parker Technical Services for their generous investment of time, human resources and facilities, which has made the delivery of this training possible. We appreciate the commitment of EJ Parker Technical Services to supporting the not-for-profit sector and delivering Social Impact in west Cumbria.  We particularly wish to thank Callum Tunstall (Health & Safety Manager) and Anne Marie Melvin (Security & Office Manager) for their roles in making this course happen.”

Bedrock is a key strand of the Transforming West Cumbria programme, which focuses on building the resilience, capabilities and financial stability of Third Sector organisations in West Cumbria. TWC is funded through Sellafield Ltd’s social impact multiplied SIX programme.