Author: HCA Trustees

Staying Safe at the Concordia

If you have any immediate concerns about your own, or someone else’s safety or wellbeing – please speak to a Trustee (purple lanyard) or the Safeguarding Team (blue lanyard) without delay.

In the event of a fire:

  • Raise the alarm immediately, by pressing the nearest break glass call point.
  • Evacuate the building without delay using the nearest safe emergency exit.
  • Do not run.
  • Do not stop to collect personal belongings.
  • Meet at the assembly point, which is located on the front car park (on Stockwell Head).
  • Wait at the assembly point for further instructions.
  • Do not leave the site without confirming with the Volunteer Manager taking roll call that you are out of the building.

In the event of an accident:

  • Report the incident to a senior volunteer (Red, Purple or Blue Lanyard)
  • If the emergency is of a life threatening nature, such as breathing difficulties, loss of consciousness or someone having chest pains call 999 without delay.
  • A defibrillator is located outside the stage door. The number to access the locked cabinet will be give to you by Ambulance Control on a 999 call.

Good handling technique for lifting:

There are some simple things you can do to keep yourself safe when lifting and handling. Before and during the lift/carry:

  • Remove obstructions from the route.
  • For a long lift, plan to rest the load midway on a table or bench to change grip.
  • Keep the load close to the waist. The load should be kept close to the body for as long as possible while lifting.
  • Keep the heaviest side of the load next to the body.
  • Adopt a stable position and make sure your feet are apart, with one leg slightly forward to maintain balance
  • Start in a good posture. At the start of the lift, slight bending of the back, hips and knees is preferable to fully flexing the back (stooping) or fully flexing the hips and knees (squatting).
  • Don’t flex the back any further while lifting.This can happen if the legs begin to straighten before starting to raise the load.
  • Avoid twisting the back or leaning sideways, especially while the back is bent. Shoulders should be kept level and facing in the same direction as the hips. Turning by moving the feet is better than twisting and lifting at the same time.
  • Keep the head up when handling.Look ahead, not down at the load, once it has been held securely.
  • Move smoothly.The load should not be jerked or snatched as this can make it harder to keep control and can increase the risk of injury.
  • Don’t lift or handle more than can be easily managed. There is a difference between what people can lift and what they can safely lift. If in doubt, seek advice or get help.
  • Put down, then adjust.If precise positioning of the load is necessary, put it down first, then slide it into the desired position.

Lone Working:

  • Anyone with a black lanyard (or a visitor) should not be in the building unsupervised.
  • Anyone with a green, red, purple or blue lanyard are permitted to be in the building alone. However, this is not recommended. If lone working is unavoidable, volunteers should not carry out tasks where there is an increased risk of harm, such as working at height, heavy lifting or operating machinery.
  • HCA recommend that if an individual is working alone when possible another person is aware of their whereabouts.