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Voluntary organisations - managing low risk

The work of voluntary organisations and individual volunteers makes a valuable contribution to our everyday lives.

Health and safety is often wrongly blamed for preventing organisations from running events and people from volunteering.

Health and safety law is not a barrier to volunteering activities. Taking a sensible, proportionate approach is the key to making sure things go smoothly and safely and avoiding unnecessary bureaucracy.

What do voluntary organisations need to do?

When does health and safety law apply?

Health and safety law doesn't generally apply to individual volunteers (although the common law may do so).

For example:

How health and safety law applies


Voluntary organisations carrying out low-risk activities can use this advice to help comply with any duties they may have under health and safety legislation.

Further advice

Updated: 2019-09-25