The CSG has been established to:

  • Identify and promote high standards of health and safety welfare practice
  • Research best practice and disseminate easily accessible best practice standards across the sector
  • Promote co-operation between charity and voluntary agencies
  • Provide effective networking opportunities for the sector
  • Develop meaningful partnerships with regulatory bodies
  • Promote effective partnerships between the voluntary, charity and related sectors
  • Particularly address the need of smaller charities and voluntary groups within the sector

Introduction and background  

From a health and safety point of view there are four reasons why charity and voluntary organisations are special. These are: 

  • The use of volunteer workers in addition to, or instead of, employed staff
  • An extreme diversity in the range of work activities undertaken
  • The unique nature of some areas of work, e.g. public fundraising events and activities to raise money
  • The often limited access to appropriate health and safety advice 

The Charities Safety Group (CSG) was established in early 1997 by a group of individuals who came together to address the provision of a self help and support network for people with health and safety responsibilities, but who are not necessarily health and safety specialists.  CSG is a member of Safety Groups UK.  Membership certificate available here.

How We Are Managed

CSG is controlled by a Management Committee made up from annually elected individuals from the membership who have the support of their organisations to commit time, energy and resources to developing and maintaining this initiative.

What We Are Doing

  • Continuing to lobby HSE for an amendment to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to change the term ‘employee’ to ‘worker’ which would automatically bring volunteers the same level of recognition and protection as employees
  • Working with HSE to introduce a standard paragraph in all their key guidance documents to emphasise the protection of volunteer workers
  • Continuing to publish relevant information sheets, including one specifically on ‘Volunteer Workers’
  • Continuing to develop the CSG website

What We Have Acheived

CSG has been involved in several projects since its inception. Our main achievements to date are listed below: 

  • Quarterly members meetings with guest speakers
  • Specialist sector recognition by IOSH and RoSPA
  • Two successful annual conferences
  • Developed a sponsorship scheme for accredited courses with NEBOSH.  More details on our blog here

Why Become A Member?

There are several benefits to becoming a CSG member, the main ones of which are listed below: 

  • Regular opportunities to network with people from similar organisations facing similar concerns
  • Quarterly member’s meetings (with IOSH Continual Professional Development points (CPD's) – 1 point per meeting)
  • Occasional workshops to gauge member and sector opinions on specific topics
  • Continuing to develop the CSG website
  • Members only area of the website including document library and discussion forums

Existing Members

A list of our members and supporters from the charity sector can be found here.

Becoming A Member

To become a CSG member, please complete the membership form. This can be downloaded from the following links:

Membership Form

Our Contact Details

Charities Safety Group

Old Brompton Road
BOX 564
London
SW7 3SS

Email: csginfo@ncvo.org.uk