Safety & Risk Management

Safety is vitally important in any Shed, as is taking the proper precautions and monitoring your risks. We’ve put together a simple health and safety policy, risk assessment and example risks in the below document to help you manage and mitigate against risks in your Shed. Fill them out to suit your needs and regularly update them. You should also display your health and safety policy somewhere accessible, so that everybody knows the procedures.

Download the Excel document below, fill out each sheet and print them off.

Risk Policy and Assessment (xlsx)

You can also make use of any of the below safety signs (PDFs) that are relevant to your Shed. Ask a local voluntary organisation or local authority communities department to laminate them for you so they last longer.

Click on the preview for an A4 PDF suitable for printing.


Safeguarding Adults at Risk


As well as general Shed safety, you should also ensure you understand, and have procedures in place for safeguarding adults at risk. As a general rule, any adult at risk attending your Shed should be accompanied by their carer to ensure the safety of them and others. The below template Adults at Risk Safeguarding Policy explains all of this and gives an idea of the types of procedures that are considered best practice.

Safeguarding Policy Template (docx)

It is not expected that every Shedder reads through the entire policy and understands it, but your Management Committee should be fully aware of it, as should any designated Safeguarding Officers. You can then display the below summary in the Shed for all Shedders to know who they should approach if there’s a problem.

Safeguarding Policy Summary (docx)

#AreTheySafe Campaign

It is important that everyone in your Shed knows how to raise a concern if they’re worried about someone.

In 2020, NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) was commissioned by the National Lottery Community Foundation to create a national campaign to tackle the issue of underreporting of safeguarding concerns, specifically amongst staff, volunteers and trustees in the voluntary sector. 

NAVCA formed a partnership with Community Action Suffolk (CAS) and Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA) to tackle the issue. This partnership used the following plan to develop and share the #AreTheySafe campaign. 

Click here to find out more about the campaign, including some great resources to encourage people to speak up if they have concerns.