This is the statement of general policy and arrangements for:

  • Provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities
  • Engage and consult with our employees regularly on matters affecting their health, safety and general well being.
  • Provide and maintain safe plant and equipment including workwear and ensure safe storage of substances
  • Ensure safe handling and use of substances
  • Provide resources, training and supervision for employees
  • Ensure all employees are competent to do their tasks and provide adequate training
  • Ensure at all times that, by our own actions, no other personnel will be exposed to risk of accident or ill health
  • Implement emergency procedures – evacuation in case of fire or other significant incidents.
  • Maintain safe and healthy working conditions
  • Review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals

Responsibilities

Overall responsibility for health and safety: Managing Director

Day to day responsibility for ensuring this policy is put into practice:  Technical Director

All employees must:

  • Co-operate with supervisors and managers on health and safety matters
  • Not interfere with anything provided to safeguard health and safety
  • Take reasonable care of their own health and safety and be mindful of the health and safety of their colleagues
  • Report all health and safety concerns to an appropriate person

Health and Safety Risks

  • Risk Assessments will be undertaken by: Senior Engineer
  • The findings of the Risk Assessments will be reported to: Technical Director
  • Action required to remove/control risks will be approved by: Managing Director
  • Senior Engineer will ensure that action required is implemented
  • Technical Director will check that the implemented actions have removed/reduced the risk.
  • Assessments will be reviewed every 3 months or when work activity changes, whichever is soonest.

Consultation with Employees

The Management of the company is free at all times to consult with an employee on any matter of concern:

  • Line Supervisor
  • Technical Director
  • Finance Director
  • Managing Director

Safe plant and equipment

  • The Managing Director will be responsible for identifying all equipment/plant needing maintenance.
  • Technical Director will be responsible for ensuring effective maintenance procedures are drawn up.
  • Senior Engineer will be responsible for ensuring that all identified maintenance is implemented.
  • Any problems found with plant/equipment should be reported to the Technical Director.
  • Managing Director will check that new plant and equipment meets health and safety standards prior to purchase.

Safe handling and use of substances

  • The Technical Director will be responsible for identifying all substances which need a Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (as amended) assessment
  • The Senior Engineer will be responsible for undertaking COSHH assessments.
  • The Technical Director will be responsible for ensuring the implementation of any actions identified in the assessments
  • Human Resources manager will be responsible for ensuring that all staff are informed of issues arising from the COSHH assessments.
  • The Senior Engineer will check that new substances can be used safely prior to purchase.
  • Assessments will be reviewed every 12 months or when work activity changes whichever is soonest.

Information, instruction and supervision

  • The Health & Safety Law poster has been distributed to each employee
  • Health & Safety advice is available from your line supervisor or Human Resources
  • Supervision of young workers/trainees will be arranged and monitored by line supervisor.
  • The Technical Director is responsible for ensuring that our employees working at other locations, owned by others, are given relevant health and safety information.

 Competency and task training

  • Health & Safety induction training is given to all new employees within 2 weeks of taking up employment.
  • Job specific training will be provided by line manager and company director where appropriate.
  • Special training will be identified and carried out in house by a suitable skilled senior member of staff or by an appropriate outside body.
  • Training records are kept by Human Resources.
  • Training will be identified, arranged and monitored by the board of directors.

Accidents, injuries and work related ill heath

  • Where a COSHH assessment identifies the use of hazardous substance(s) every member of staff employed on that job must be surveyed
  • Health Surveillance will be arranged by Human Resources.
  • Health Surveillance records will be kept by Human Resources

First Aid Boxes are kept:

  • In every company vehicle
  • Workshop
  • Technical office

The appointed first aider is: Office Manager

  • All accidents and cases of work-related ill health are to be recorded in the accident book which is kept in soft copy on the Public Directory on the Server.
  • The Company Secretary is responsible for reporting accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences to the enforcing authority.

Monitoring

To check our working conditions and ensure our safe working practices are being followed we will:

  • Perform spot checks both in the workplace, in vehicles and on site.
  • Investigate any lengthy periods of absence due to sickness.
  • Assess any accidents to ensure their future prevention.
  • The Technical Director is responsible for investigating accidents
  • The immediate line manager is responsible for investigating work related cause of absence.
  • A relevant Company Director is responsible for acting on investigation findings to prevent recurrence.

Emergency – Fire and evacuation

  • Human Resources is responsible for ensuring the fire risk assessment is undertaken and implemented
  • Escape routes are checked every day
  • Fire extinguishers are maintained and checked every 12 months.
  • Alarms are tested every week.
  • Emergency evacuation will be tested every six months
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