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Health & Safety and the Arts

Website: www.healthandsafetyforthearts.com

They run courses for Art organizations and have some free downloads on the site.
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Equality and Human Rights Commission

3 More London, Riverside Tooley Street SE1 2RG — Google Maps
Tel: 0845 604 6610
Email: info@equalityhumanrights.com
Website: www.equalityhumanrights.com

On 1 October 2007 the three equality commissions: Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) merged into the new Equality and Human Rights Commission. The new commission brings together the work of the three previous equality commissions and also takes on responsibility for the other aspects of equality: age, sexual orientation and religion or belief, as well as human rights. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has extensive legal powers and a dedicated directorate of expert lawyers who are specialists in equality law. It is well equipped to take legal action on behalf of individuals, especially where there are strategic opportunities to push the boundaries, or to clarify and improve the law. They can also offer advice through their helpline and online resources.
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Age Positive

Website: www.agepositive.gov.uk

Working in the Department for Work and Pensions in Sheffield and London and responsible for strategy and policies to support people making decisions about working and retirement. The Age Positive campaign promotes the benefits of employing a mixed-age workforce that includes older and younger people, encouraging employers to make decisions about recruitment, training and retention that do not discriminate against someone because of their age. They use publications, research, press, events and awards initiatives to get the message across – and to help employers work with the legislation to outlaw age discrimination in employment.
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Age Concern

Website: www.ace.org.uk/AgeConcern/default.asp

Information service and fact-sheets for older people and their families and carers.
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Website: www.acas.org.uk

Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. They provide up-to-date information, independent advice, high quality training and work with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance. Useful information for employers who want to know about recent legal developments.
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Press for Change

Website: www.pfc.org.uk

Press for Change is a political lobbying and educational organisation, which campaigns to achieve equal civil rights and liberties for all trans people in the United Kingdom, through legislation and social change. This site is here to explain our work, and to support all those who campaign to achieve full equality and rights for gender diverse people in modern society. Website contains a comprehensive collection of information about the trans rights campaign, and details about the legal, medical, political and social issues surrounding the people it represents.
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Women and Equality Unit

Website: www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk

The Ministers for Women, supported by the Women and Equality Unit (WEU), are responsible for promoting and realising the benefits of diversity in the economy and more widely. This includes taking forward proposals on civil partnerships and the future of our equality bodies. They develop policies relating to gender equality and ensure that work on equality across Government as a whole is co-ordinated.
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British Red Cross Society

Tel: 0870 170 9110
Fax: 0870 421 5614
Website: www.redcrossfirstaidtraining.co.uk

First aid training. It is recommended that one person has training in first aid in studios, workshops, small artists organisations and businesses.
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British Safety Council

70 Chancellors Road, London W6 9RS — Google Maps
Tel: 020 8741 1231
Fax: 020 8741 4555
Email: mail@britsafe.org
Website: www.britishsafetycouncil.co.uk/about/index.aspx

Provides a safety information service for members, organises training courses and supplies a range of safety products. Advice and information available on working environments involving clay, metals and other materials and related equipment.
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Hazardous Chemicals Database

Website: ull.chemistry.uakron.edu/erd/

US-based website run by the chemistry department at the University of Akron. Offers an on-line searchable database providing technical and health and safety information on over 2000 hazardous substances.
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Health and Safety Executive

Tel: 0845 3450055
Email: public.enquiries@hse.gov.uk
Website: www.hse.gov.uk

Ensures that legislation about health and safety in the workplace is put into effect. Offices throughout the country provide information about safe conditions and materials and give advice on the latest directives. The information centre (open 8.30-5 Mon-Fri) can assist with enquiries on a wide range of health and safety issues. The HSE also publishes a range of booklets and free leaflets.
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Health and Safety Executive Office – Incident Contact Centre

Tel: 0845 300 99 23

If you sustain a serious injury at work whilst in the studio or during the course of employment elsewhere the first thing you should do is contact the local Health and Safety Executive help line for London. They will investigate and consider whether there has been a breach of Health and Safety Act, and take action against the employer.
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Law Society Accident Line

Tel: 0800 192 939
Email: info@accidentlinedirect.co.uk
Website: www.accidentlinedirect.co.uk

If you have been harmed or injured whilst at work in the studio or during the course of employment elsewhere, and would like to pursue a claim for compensation contact the Law Society Accident Line. They will listen to your case refer you to a solicitor who will give you a free half hours consultation before. Then if the solicitor believes you to have a case for compensation they will take the case on.
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Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

Tel: 0121 248 2000
Email: help@rospa.com
Website: www.rospa.com

RoSPA provides information, advice, resources and training, and it is actively involved in the promotion of safety and the prevention of accidents in all areas of life: at work, in the home, on the roads, in schools, and at leisure.
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CRB (Criminal Records Bureau)

Tel: 0870 90 90 811
Website: www.crb.gov.uk
Website: www.crb.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=381

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Ksam (Knowledge Services for Arts and Management)

Madeline Hutchins
Email: mh@ksam.org.uk
Website: www.ksam.org.uk

Knowledge bank, launched in 2003, for arts administrators and others seeking information on arts issues. Ksam is focused on CPD – Continuing Professional Development, and material included ranges from the introductory level to the advanced, and includes the newest developments in each field.
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London Voluntary Services Council

Library and Information Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA — Google Maps
Tel: 020 7700 8104
Email: library@lvsc.org.uk
Website: www.lvsc.org.uk

They provide advice and information, training, network hosting and coordination, and publications.
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The Directory of Social Change

24 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2DP — Google Maps
Tel: 020 7209 1015
Fax: 020 7391 4802
Email: charitycentre@dsc.org.uk
Website: www.dsc.org.uk

Information and training for the voluntary section.
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Interchange Trust Legal Department

Roger Bronkhurst
Hampstead Town Hall Centre, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP — Google Maps
Tel: 020 7692 5860
Fax: 020 7813 7493
Email: legal@interchange.org.uk
Website: www.interchange.org.uk/content/?q=node/4

InterChange Legal Advisory Service has over 15 years’ experience of providing specialised legal advice to charities and voluntary sector organisations at subsidised, affordable rates. They can also assists orginisations in devising their constitutions.
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