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Quainton News archive - Quainton News No. 36 - Autumn 1978

Important - General Safety Instructions at Quainton


From time to time the Society's Safety Officer (at present, Roy Miller) will issue "Safety and Welfare Instructions" to the relevant Safety Representatives and other persons to whom it may concern. These instructions will carry the authority of the Executive Committee and must be obeyed. Failure will result in serious disciplinary action being taken by the Executive against those concerned. The family tree with the names of the Safety Representatives are given on the opposite page.

Safety and Welfare Instructions may from time to time be issued for specific purposes; these will be issued by the Safety Officer and will remain in force for the time indicated in the instructions.

Regular meetings will be held between the Society Safety Officer and the Safety Representatives in order to consider existing and future safety matters. By this means safety and welfare will be under regular review and new Safety and Welfare Instructions considered before implementation.

The Society Safety Officer will have the authority to stop any process or activity which he / she considers to be dangerous, or injurious to health. Instructions may be given verbally and / or in writing as the situation demands. An instruction to stop must be obeyed immediately but an appeal may be made after and against this decision to the Executive Committee by writing to the Society Secretary asking for the matter to be considered at the next Executive Committee Meeting.

Safety Representatives will be expected to report any dangerous practices to the Society Safety Officer after warning those concerned with the activity.

Certain hazardous activities, such as asbestos disturbance may only be carried out after the receipt of a "PERMIT TO WORK" issued by the Society Safety Officer, who must satisfy himself/herself that all those taking part are familiar with the risks, are fully protected, that no danger or risk will be imposed upon other persons or property, also that all relevant statutory conditions will be complied with.

Certain "restricted" equipment such as machine tools, special lifting appliances and cutting and welding equipment, require basic skills for their safe operation. The Chairman of the Sub-Committee under whose jurisdiction they fall, will be authorized to nominate members who they consider are competent to use this equipment. The Safety Representatives of the Sub-Committees will then be responsible for maintaining the list of authorized persons. Persons not authorized must under no circumstances operate "restricted" equipment.

It is a requirement under the Health and Safety at Work Act that we maintain an Accident Register in which every accident is recorded. There is also an Accident Book inside the first aid box in the mess room. If you do have an accident involving personal injury, however slight, full details must be entered in the Accident Book. If the injury is at all serious or potentially serious and may involve a possible claim under our Personal Accident Insurance, the Duty Stationmaster must be informed, or failing this full details must be sent to the Honorary Secretary of the Society not later than seven days after the accident.


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Notes:
The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1978 and so does not reflect events in the 36+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Reference:
Important - General Safety Instructions at Quainton - Quainton News No. 36 - Autumn 1978


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