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Conference will address health and safety training for volunteers

06 April 2018

An upcoming conference will cover how to provide essential health and safety training to those volunteering at charitable organisations.

Ensuring competency and appropriate training provision are key parts of ensuring effective health and safety management in all work organisations, including those in the third sector. It is also a key component of many health and safety laws.

Volunteers, which are a vital resource for all charity and voluntary organisations are included in this requirement, although managing them and ensuring that they are adequately trained and competent to undertake their wide range of duties can often be challenging.

The Charities Safety Group (CSG) have organised a conference on to consider these issues generally and to address them specifically in relation to volunteers.

The CSG was set up in 1997 by a group of health and safety professionals who came together to address the provision of a self help and support network for people with health and safety responsibilities, but who are not necessarily health and safety specialists. The group supports members through regular meetings, online discussions, and facilitating professional networking amongst colleagues.

The one day conference, entitled ‘Health and Safety Competency and Training' takes place on April 19 in central London. It will cover a key note address by the Health and Safety Executive Department responsible for the public and third sectors, and a session by National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health. NEBOSH) on professional health and safety qualifications (NEBOSH support free training places for the NEBOSH certificate in Occupational Health and Safety through CSG.

In addition, there will be presentations on the legal and insurance aspects as well as looking at the competency of contractors. The main afternoon event is a talk by Lawrence Waterman, Chair of the British Safety Council, who was responsible for the health and safety training of the London Olympic volunteers and who will share his experiences of this through a case study.

The day is aimed at charity and voluntary organisations who do not have professional health and safety advice within their organisations, and also as a development opportunity for health and safety practitioners within the sector.

For more information visit Charities Safety Group

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