Within this page we will introduce the various policies and statements that apply to membership and volunteering with The Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust.

Health and Safety policies

The Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust (the Trust) and Society is run totally by volunteers and it is the Trust’s aim to ensure that all activities carried out by the volunteers is carried out in a safe and enjoyable manner. This extends for the meeting of the various committees and society meetings, show events and working on site.

The Trust’s Health and Safety (H&S) Policy Statement demonstrate the Trust’s commitment to all its members and volunteers to ensure that any work carried out is done in a safe manner. It takes its legal responsibility seriously and operates within the relevant Health and Safety at Work regulations. The trust promotes, at every available opportunity, safe working practises in all aspects of our activities.

 Policy Statement 2018

Working Party H&S Guide and numerous Method Statements and Risk Assessments have been created for standard tasks that volunteers may encounter. These highlights the possible risks and actions required to prevent injury to themselves, other volunteers and the general public whilst helping the Trust’s aim of restoring the Derby Canal. We would ask that all members read the various documents to ensure that they are aware of the possible risks associated with the tasks to be performed.

 Hedge Laying

 Chainsaw Operation

 Working Party HS Guide

 Vegetarian & Scrub Clearance

 Pesticide Spraying

Please watch the below Inland Waterways Association (IWA) Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) Health & Safety Video, which summarises the best working practices for canal restoration:

Additionally, the  IWA-WRG video below summaries the Trust’s intent to “Create a Culture of Safety” across any of our work sites:

Equal Opportunities Statement

The Trust encourages equal opportunity in all aspects of the Trust and Society activities without discrimination by race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, class, religion, gender, sexuality, employment status, age or disability. These are subject to legal requirement of Health and Safety at Work regulations and insurance restrictions for working on a construction site. The Trust would expect that any contractor working for the trust would have similar equal opportunity policy.

Any restoration work carried out by the Trust volunteers or contractors will ensure, were reasonable practical, that the design allows access for disabled visitors, in line with the conservation of heritage structures and the safety of all users of the restored canal.

Equality and Diversity Statement

The Trust will ensure that all our volunteers are treated fairly and given equal access to opportunities and resources regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, religion, sex and sexual orientation. This will be subject to each volunteer’s capability and the Trusts health and safety policy.

The Trust values all our volunteers’ individual differences and oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

Environmental Statement

The Trust will ensure that all its restoration activities protect and enhance the natural environment and the wildlife habitats along the canal route. It will seek to restore the ecology of the canal during its operational period, prior to being abandoned and filled in.

The Trust will seek guidance and liaise with other appropriate environmental bodies and the Canal and River Trust to ensure that the construction and maintenance of the restored canal is in line with current best practices and that the waterside habitats are appropriate for the local area.

Education Statement

The Trust will contribute to developing and maintaining an understanding of the Derby Canal, and its restoration projects, amongst all members of the public demonstrating the benefits of the canal restoration to wider community.

The Trust will make and maintain contact with all interested groups, local colleges and schools, to promote the restoration of the canal. Particularly, the history, enhancement of the environment and the social and economic benefits from the restoration.

Child Protection Statement

Young people (under 18 years old) are encouraged to assist and take an interest in the restoration projects of the Derby Canal. Their involvement is to be carefully planned, ensuring their health and safety and possible contact with volunteers.

Site leaders are to ensure that young persons are fully supervised at all times by parents, carers, teachers or youth leaders. Dependant on the activity to be undertaken ensures the appropriate ratio of adults to young people. A minimum of two adult volunteers including a minimum of one female adult volunteer are to be present for any visit by a young person.

All volunteers to be aware of potential harm or inappropriate behaviour towards young people. Volunteers to ensure that one to one contact is avoided and that no young visitor is left on their own.

Full Risk Assessment to be carried out for any visit to site of young persons.