Health and Safety

The Association, like all organisations, has moral and legal obligations and responsibilities with regard to health and safety.

Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. The activities volunteers are involved with are an important part of our work. While we would not wish to discourage anyone from undertaking opportunities to improve the lives of people living with MND, their families and carers, we all have a duty to keep people safe.

It is essential that volunteers consider the risks that could arise at any event being planned, by carrying out a risk assessment. The forms, once completed, should be kept for reference for three years.

Risk management involves not only looking at the risks that could arise, but also putting into place sensible health and safety measures to control them.

Our Health and Safety Guidance provides more detailed information of the risks you need to consider. Our overall Health and Safety Policy, comprising three documents, is also provided for your information. If you have any queries or require further guidance please contact your regional fundraiser or the Volunteering Team.

Health and safety policy

Health and safety guidance for volunteers

Lone Working

Lone workers are those who work/ volunteer by themselves without close or direct supervision. All our volunteers could find themselves lone working at some point however some roles are more high risk than others.

There are more dangers when you work alone. There is no one there to help you if you have an accident or suffer sudden illness. You need to be able to recognise and avoid potential dangers. You also need to know how to get help.

No volunteer or member of staff should be in a situation where they feel at risk.

The purpose of this guidance is to help you to think about and improve your personal safety. Not everything you read will apply to you. A lot will depend on your role, or the tasks you do. The importance is to be aware of the risk, then take steps to reduce and adapt strategies to keep you safe.

Lone working policy

Guidance to lone working

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262