The Company recognizes its legal requirement to comply with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, (and regulations made under it) and any other applicable requirements and our policy is to comply with the minimum requirements of the Law and exceed these where possible. To do this we will provide sufficient resources to meet this commitment by ensuring that the management and systems are in place which will allow us to maintain, monitor and continually improve Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) performance.
This Policy shall provide a framework for setting and reviewing the Company's OH&S Objectives.
The Company is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all employees, including the prevention of injury and ill health, both in the course of their duties and in any Company activities. The Company also has a duty to ensure the health and safety of any person who may be affected by our activities; this will extend to Contractors, Customers, Visitors and Members of the Public. This Policy shall be brought to their attention and made available to any other interested parties.
The Company will:
- Maintain an OH&S Management System to manage the risks associated with our premises and activities.
- Regularly monitor OH&S performance and revise our OH&S Management System as necessary, to ensure we achieve our objective of continuous improvement.
- Provide sufficient resources to meet the standards and requirements of current applicable health and safety legislation, industry best practice and the requirements of our OH&S Management System.
- Actively promote an open attitude to health and safety issues, encouraging staff to identify and report hazards and near misses, so that we can all contribute to creating and maintaining a safe place of work and a safe environment.
- Communicate and consult with our staff on all issues affecting their health and safety and, in doing so, bring this policy to their attention, by holding regular meetings with minutes disseminated throughout the Company.
- Provide adequate training for our staff to enable them to work safely and effectively and to ensure they are competent and confident in the work they carry out.
- Carry out and regularly review risk assessments to identify hazards and existing control measures; prioritizing, planning and completing any corrective and preventative actions required to reduce risk to a minimum.
- Maintain our premises and work equipment to a standard that ensures that risks are effectively managed.
- Ensure the safety and minimisation of risks to health in relation to the use, handling, storage and transportation of articles and substances.
- Ensure that responsibilities for OH&S are allocated, understood, monitored and fulfilled.
- Provide and maintain adequate welfare facilities.
- Provide occupational health surveillance for staff where appropriate and maintain records.
- Communicate and coordinate all aspects of health and safety with other employers (or their staff) who
- share or work in our premises, to ensure that they are aware of any risks to themselves and other
- people posed by our activities and that we are aware of any risks to our staff from their activities.
- Ensure compliance with current fire legislation and provide the necessary resources to minimise the
- risk of a fire occurring and effective measures to respond to a fire if it were to occur.
- Through participation and consultation, involve all employees, in developing, implementing and maintaining a safe and healthy work place and environment.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Health and Safety Advisor is responsible to the Managing Director for the provision of a comprehensive OH&S Management System.
The Health and Safety Advisor is responsible for bringing the requirements of health and safety legislation to the attention of departmental managers who shall ensure that that the requirements are being met within their own departments.
The Health and Safety roles and responsibilities within the Company are defined in our OH&S Management System.
All employees receive information regarding their duties and responsibilities in relation to the OH&S Management System as part of their induction.
It is the duty of all of us when at work to:
- Comply with the Company's Health and Safety Policy and Procedures.
- Take reasonable care to ensure the health and safety of ourselves and other persons who may be affected by our acts or omissions at work.
- Co-operate with our Employer on safety matters.
- Identify potentially unsafe acts or conditions and notify management.
- Work in a safe manner in accordance with safety instructions.
- Make others aware of situations we believe to be unsafe and that we think others may not be aware of and report hazards to his/her line manager.
- Use the proper equipment for the job in the way that it was intended to be used and, where necessary, use the protective equipment provided.
- Never perform a task that you believe is unsafe or for which have not received appropriate information, instructions or training and that you are wearing the necessary Personal Protective Equipment.
- Never intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interests of health, safety or welfare.
If an employee fails to reasonably carry out their Health &
Safety roles and responsibilities, the Company
will take this very seriously and, following a thorough investigation into the circumstances, any breach could result in disciplinary action being taken. The disciplinary sanctions are up to & including termination.
The Senior Management Team will monitor the Health and Safety Policy for effectiveness and compliance on an ongoing basis. Any changes deemed necessary to the policy will be reviewed by the Board and amended as necessary; additionally the Board will also carry out an annual review of the Policy.
Any revisions will be communicated to all staff and compliance with the policies and procedures put in place by the Company is a condition of employment.