Kettering Allotments - Health and Safety policy version 1
We all want to enjoy our allotments and avoid injuries and anything else that would harm members, visitors or the environment. The aim of our Health and Safety Policy is to help our members maintain and improve their safety. This will be done by learning from other allotments and seeking advice from other organisations. We also learn from any near misses or accidents and find ways to improve.
Much of this policy has been written by looking at best practice elsewhere, especially the excellent advice available from The Allotments Regeneration Initiative (ARI).
The following was copied from the ARI introductory letter on their website in 2010. (Their website is no longer there link no longer works):-
Under civil law anyone involved in allotment management has a common duty
of care to ensure that their allotment sites are run in as safe and appropriate
manner as possible, as set out in the Occupiers' Liability Act, 1957.
This duty of care is extended towards all people accessing the allotment site
and its boundaries, including plotholders, association officers carrying out
duties, members of the public, bona fide visitors, intruders, volunteers, and
allotment authority staff. There are also environmental and animal husbandry
laws to be observed.
Carrying out risk assessments is straightforward. Health and safety only
becomes unmanageable when responsibilities are neglected.
All activities carry an element of risk and allotment gardening is no exception.
Everyone needs to take health and safety seriously but it is also important not
to become litigation paranoid, turning allotments into bland, unusable
Plotholders also have a duty of care and managers are recommended to inform
them of issues in this pack that are directly relevant to them. It is beyond the
scope of the pack to give advice about individual gardening activities.
Please note: the contents of the guide do not provide specific legal advice.
Never assume what your responsibilities are, if in doubt seek legal advice.
Members of the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners can
access free legal advice. Some solicitors work on a pro bono (free) basis.