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One of the main concerns of any management committee is how to reduce the chance of anything going wrong. So what should be put in place to ensure that trustees are meeting their responsibilities when it comes to their duty of care for all users?


  • What is recommended as good practice and what is essential under the law?
  • What exactly is a Health & Safety Policy?
  • Is it important to have evidence to show that risks are regularly assessed?
  • What should be in our First Aid kit?
  • How should we ensure the protection of children and vulnerable adults?

The following documents relating to some safety issues could be useful. Example of fire risk assessment, Fire safety log book,  first aid box information.

Fire Extinguishers Part of any strategy designed to reduce risks is to protect your hall & aid your escape with sufficient fire extinguishers of the right type which are serviced regularly.  Your Consortium has negotiated a discounted price with three Northumbrian based suppliers. Firepoint Services  charges £24 attendance and certificate fee for up to 5 extinguishers.  Contact 0191 251 2233. Don’t forget to mention your membership of the Consortium to receive this price., Firestop Safety,  Kevin Brown, who runs the company,offers members within 50 miles of Berwick upon Tweed an annual service charge of £10 per extinguisher, of any type or size. So if you had 3 extinguishers the charge would be £30.00. Tel: 01289 309148.  Northfire, based near Hexham, offers members an annual basic service call-out charge of £20.00 plus £3.00 per extinguisher for a basic inspection/test and discounts on replacement extinguishers etc. Contact  Northfire on 0845 619 3619.    NB It is important you confirm the current charges and discounts with all these companies and explain that you are a member of the Consortium. 

Emergency Lights A member has drawn our attention to an excellent guide to the whole issue of emergency lighting (they stay on in the event of the power to the building being terminated). This guide should help you get your system up to standard and the section “locating your emergency lights” acts as a practical check-list. If you need any emergency lights visit our Buy, Sell, Give, Receive page. 


Photograph: Whittingham Memorial Institute