Benenden Hospital Trust is committed to developing a positive health and safety culture where the inherent risks in healthcare provision are controlled and reduced through the involvement and commitment of all staff in delivering a quality service.
It is the policy of the Hospital to do all that is reasonably practicable to prevent personal injury, damage to property, harm to the environment or any other form of harm or loss to staff, patients or others in conducting its business.
In particular we recognise our responsibility to:
We wish to foster the total commitment, co-operation and involvement of all staff in developing and implementing health, safety and welfare programmes. We seek to channel the ideas, experience and enthusiasm of staff into continually improving health and safety standards. An Occupational Health and Safety Committee has been established as a forum for joint consultation on health and safety and occupational health matters.
The Hospital Director has overall accountability and responsibility for compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and other relevant health and safety legislation throughout the Hospital. Although day-to-day responsibility is delegated through directors and line management, the Hospital Director has responsibility for keeping the Hospital Executive informed, and alert to, relevant health and safety management issues.
Directors have responsibility for defining the responsibilities of their staff in relation to this Health and Safety Policy and ensuring, by appropriate monitoring, that safe systems of work have been specified and are being implemented.
Service Leads and Managers
Service Leads and Managers are constantly required to set an example in safe behaviour and maintain a permanent and continuing interest in the safety of their staff, patients and the general public. In particular they are expected to make every reasonable attempt to:
Each member of staff must ensure that they:
Role of Specialist Advisors
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to appoint competent persons to assist in meeting statutory health and safety requirements. In order to fulfil this obligation and the requirements of other legislation, the following advisory posts have been established at Benenden Hospital:
The Health and Safety Policy Statement is subject to continuous review and is reviewed formally every three years.
Benenden Hospital welcomes feedback from staff, patients and other interested parties on health and safety matters. If you have any comments please write to:
Health and Safety Lead, Benenden Hospital, Benenden, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 4AX
Policy issued by: Health & Safety Lead.
Review date: June 2021.