Safety Strategy

As a resident owned leisure centre we are committed to providing the highest health and safety standards.

Dr Cliff G Roffey, Director

Health & Safety Documents

Part 1
General Statement of Policy Herne Farm Leisure Centre Safety Strategy Policy is to:

1. Provide healthy and safe working and playing conditions, together with equipment and systems of work for our employee(s), volunteers, board members, groups, societies, players and visitors.

2. Keep Herne Farm Limited site and equipment in a safe condition for all members and users.

3. Provide such training and information as is necessary to staff, volunteers and members.


It is the intention of the Herne Farm Limited Board of Directors to comply with all Health and Safety legislation and to act positively where it can reasonably do so to prevent injury, ill health or any danger arising from its activities and operations.


The Herne Farm Limited Board considers the promotion of the Health and Safety of its employees at work and members who use its courts and facilities, including contractors who may work there, to be of great importance. The Herne Farm Limited Board recognises that the effective prevention of accidents depends as much on a committed attitude of mind to safety as on the operation and maintenance of courts, swimming pool, equipment and safe systems of play and work. To this end, it will seek to encourage employees, The Board and any individual committee members and other members to engage in the establishment and observance of safe playing and working practices.


Players, employees, other users and visitors etc will be expected to recognise that there is a duty on them to comply with the practices set out by the Herne Farm Limited Board. Safety in the use of the courts, swimming pool, hall, centre site and other facilities should be at the forefront of people’s minds. Members and all users of the facilities should accept responsibility to do everything they can to prevent injury to themselves or others.

Part 2
Organisation of Health and Safety. The Herne Farm Board of Directors has overall responsibility for health and safety at Herne Farm Leisure Centre.

The person delegated by the Herne Farm Limited Board to have day to day responsibility for the implementation of this policy is the part time Herne Farm Limited Manager, Mike Hughes, who reports directly to The Board of Directors.


It is however, the duty of all members of the Board, players, employees, contractors and visitors etc to take care of themselves and others who may be affected by their activities. All such others should co-operate with the Board in keeping the premises safe and healthy, including the squash courts, table tennis activities, swimming pool, hall etc and grounds. This includes the Leisure Centre’s ‘Private’ Car Park.


Should anyone using the Herne Farm Limited facilities come across a fault, damage or other situation which might cause injury and cannot be rectified immediately they should inform the person above (The Site Manager), or any member of the Herne Farm Limited Board, as soon as possible, so that the problem can be dealt with. Where equipment is damaged and has the potential to cause injury a notice should be placed on it warning that it is not to be used.


It is an obligation on all users to inform the Herne Farm Limited Manager, Mike Hughes, of any accidents or incidents as soon as possible. This is so that they can be put in an accident book. Herne Farm Limited needs to keep a written record of such matters.


The health, safety and well-being of all users of  the Herne Farm Leisure Centre is, as always, our priority. The Board of Directors have under taken Risk Assessments and have agreed measures to ensure that everyone remains as safe as possible .  For this to be achieved however, it is also vital that you as users play your part in reducing such general risks . How you propose to do this should be contained in your own risk assessment/s and we suggest that you also provide members of your classes, societies etc with advice on keeping themselves and others safe from risks.


Board Responsibilities.


Whilst as mentioned the Board has a collective responsibility, individual Directors have volunteered to undertake specific functions to make the policy happen. All such actions are approved by the Board.

Risk Assessment is Managed primarily by our regular monthly Directors Board meetings.

Cliff Roffey, is the Director responsible for presenting these to the board each month and all noted risks are carefully discussed by the board and appropriate decisions taken along with priority and whom will action them. He has also provided separate detailed Documents for Fire Risk, and a COSHH (Care of Substances Harmful to Health) risk for the chemicals held on site which are in place in the Health and Safety File held in the Office. For our swimming area operation, Julian Stevens is the Director responsible and has produced with the aid of an external consultant a PSOP (Pool Safety Operating Procedure) document for its safe use and maintenance, again held on file in the Office. Gordon McKinnell is the Director responsible for maintaining the Health & Safety file held in the office. Geoff Mathews is the Director responsible for maintaining the documentation.


Please note that our Leisure Centre is unmanned except during the Office Hours Monday to Friday 09.00 – 13.00, when our Centre Manager is present. An answer machine is available via 01730 266874. Contact can also be made via email at