Health and Safety in District 1220

For District Health and Safety matters, please contact District Health and Safety Officer Andy Bottoms (Bretby)


The basis for H&S in District 1220 is the RIBI Manual: Health and Safety – A Guide for Rotary Clubs and Districts. This manual may be downloaded from this area of District 1220 website (see below). Printed copies may be obtained for £1.00 each from RIBI One Stop Shop. The booklet includes, in addition to H&S Policy, a large number of very useful Risk Assessments for typical situations.

Whilst H&S Law is generally based on ‘Work’ – The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – and on the relationship between employers, employees and others affected by their activities, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in conjunction with the Charities Safety Group have published a guidance document – Charity and Voluntary Workers: HSG 192 – in which they say:

“In general, the same health and safety standards should be applied to voluntary workers as they would to employees exposed to the same risks…

HSE considers it good practice for a volunteer user to provide the same level of health and safety protection as they would in an employer/employee relationship, irrespective of whether there are strict legal duties.”

It is essential, therefore, that District 1220 and its member clubs comply with the RIBI Guidance, and with the guidance contained in HSG192. RIBI’s insurers would look at the level of compliance with these when considering any claims made against District or an individual Club.

Duties and Responsibilities

District 1220

D1220 is accountable to the General Council of RIBI for the implementation of RIBI H&S Policy in their area. D1220 is responsible for the H&S of their appointed officers, members (whilst employed in Rotary activities) and members of the public affected by their activities.
D1220 is responsible for:

  • Completing and maintaining a District H&S Policy
  • Appointing a District Contact (the District H&S Officer)
  • Where appropriate, ensuring that District Risk Assessments (DRAs) are developed and implemented with Control Measures identified
  • Ensuring that such DRAs are reviewed annually and that the results of reviews are sent to the RIBI H&S Officer
  • Providing effective arrangements for communication and consultation with member Clubs and their members on H&S matters
  • Providing appropriate H&S Training for Clubs and their members in conjunction with the RIBI H&S Officer (RIBIHSO) and the District Contact.

District Contact (H&S Officer)

District H&S Officer (DHSO) is accountable to D1220 for the implementation of D1220 H&S Policy, and is responsible for:

  • Encouraging the appointment of Club H&S Officers (CHSOs) to consult with the DHSO and the RIBIHSO in matters relating to H&S
  • Encourage the completion and maintenance of Club H&S Policies
  • Encourage the development of Club Risk Assessments (CRAs), their implementation and the identification of control measures
  • Encourage such Club H&S Policies and CRAs to be reviewed annually and the results of the review sent, via the DHSO to the RIBIHSO
  • Providing guidance and assistance, where required, to Clubs within D1220
  • Ensuring that D1220 fulfils its responsibilities to RIBI

D1220 Member Clubs

Each Club within D1220 is accountable to District 1220 and is responsible, through the Club President and Council, for:

  • The H&S of their appointed officers, members (whilst employed in Club activities) and members of the public affected by their activities.
  • Appointing a member to be responsible for H&S within the Club (the Club H&S Officer – CHSO)
  • Preparing and approving a Club H&S Policy and ensuring that it is reviewed annually
  • Preparing and approving Risk Assessments for all activities organised by the Club that affect members and others affected by the activities
  • Reviewing annually any RA that is prepared for an event that is repetitive
  • Ensuring that all H&S Policies and Risk Assessments are forwarded to the DHSO for onward transmission to the RIBIHSO.
  • It is recommended that Club H&S Policies are prepared or reviewed and approved at the first meeting of a Club’s Council and, in any case, forwarded to the DHSO no later than the end of August each year.

Guidance and Assistance

The following documents are available for download to assist Clubs and Club H&S Officers, and to provide information about D1220 H&S matters.