Health & Safety at The Ministry of Startups
Health, safety and welfare of our team and members is an important part of our creative & collaborative work community.
We are committed to achieving the following objectives:
- Prevent accidents by identifying and managing the health and safety risks
- Engage and consult with employees & members on day-to-day health and safety conditions
- Implement emergency procedures – evacuation in case of fire or other significant incident.
All of our team, members & visitors, have the following legal responsibilities under ‘The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974’ and ‘The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999’:
- To take reasonable care for the safety of themselves and others at work who may be affected by their acts;
- To co-operate with us in fulfilling statutory responsibilities;
- To notify us and other members immediately of any situation which they have reason to believe might present a serious and imminent danger to their own or others’ safety (by contacting us directly in person, or by 020 7846 0101, or using the Ministry slack channel, or submitting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
We require that all of our team, members & visitors fulfil the legal responsibilities set out above by cooperating in all matters concerning health and safety by:
- adhering to the Ministry’s arrangements and procedures for fire and other preventive and protective measures put in place to control and manage risks to the health and safety of employees, members and visitors. Members must adhere to the each buildings fire and emergency procedures, by evacuating the building if the fire alarm sounds and going to the emergency assembly point. They must follow any instructions given to them by fire wardens or building management;
- reporting any accident, incident of verbal or physical abuse, near miss or equipment damage immediately to Ministry’s management so that appropriate remedial action may be taken;
- carrying out, as appropriate, regular visual checks of equipment before use, to identify any obvious defects such as worn leads or cables, damaged covers/guards or plug tops. After taking any remedial steps they themselves can safely take, members should report any defect in equipment, plant etc. to the Ministry team via email or the slack channel, who will be responsible for taking the necessary steps to ensure that the equipment is removed and or repaired;
- using any equipment or items provided for work correctly and in accordance with manufacturers’ or suppliers’ instructions and any training received; and
- treating fellow members and other persons with whom they interact during the course of their work with consideration, respect and dignity. It is important that members appreciate that their own actions and performance could be the source of stress to their fellow members.
Ministry of Startups expectation is that all members co-operate with its efforts to protect their health, safety, and welfare.
Members must take reasonable care of their own safety and not place others at risk by their actions.
Members must not engage in reckless or careless behaviour that might compromise Ministry of Startups coworking spaces preventive and protective measures (such as letting off fire extinguishers without good cause, or maliciously setting off the fire alarm).
Members must not intentionally damage or misuse any equipment, such as wedging open fire doors in common areas and must report defects or unsafe situations to the Ministry team.
(if you notice any errors / broken links or anything out of date please let us know immediately).
- You can find details of our latest health & safety assessments here.
- Health & Safety Poster
- Certificate of Insurance
- Fire alarms / evacuation plans & assembly points
- Fire alarm / extinguisher inspections
- Gas safety inspection certificates
- We provide basic desks & seating, however it is your responsibility to decide whether it meets your individual/team needs, and therefore you are welcome to bring your own desks/seats. Seating Leaflet
- Incident reporting form
- First-aid boxes are made available in the kitchens look for marked first-aid cupboards.
- Asbestos register: Property owners are required to provide information of any known asbestos in buildings they lease. Before any mass panic ensues, it is worth noting that as a general guide it is most likely to be present in any building built or refurbished before the year 2000 (according to the HSE asbestos is only a danger when fibres are made airborne and breathed in, so as long as the asbestos is in good condition and it is located somewhere where it can’t be easily damaged then it shouldn’t be a risk to you). If there is any it will be labelled with Asbestos stickers to further help ensure it doesn’t accidentally get damaged (also if we even suspect something might be asbestos we will then label it as if it were, even if it might not be).