The Health and Safety (H&S) policy is a written document outlining our compliance with statutory regulations and defining our responsibilities to our employees by:
- Providing adequate control of health and safety risks arising from our work activities
- Providing and maintaining safe plant and equipment
- Providing information, instruction and supervision to employees
- Consulting with our employees on matters affecting their health and safety
- Ensuring all employees receive adequate training and are competent to perform their tasks
- Maintaining safe and healthy working and environmental conditions
- Regularly reviewing and revising the policy where necessary.
The Senior Responsible Authority for Health & Safety is John Dodsworth, Managing Director, and the policy forms an integral part of the Quality Management System.
The policy is based on key elements identified in the Health and Safety Executive publication on health and safety management, ‘The Summary to HS(G)65’ and BS8800.
Process and procedures
All new employees are given a printed policy document.
Existing employees receive updates as necessary.
On site contractors are given an abridged notice highlighting their responsibilities.
Policy updates are issued via a number of different channels such as company Notice Board Memos, the intranet and meetings.
The Senior Responsible Authority carries out regular Risk Assessments to mitigate any breaches of policy, and when new processes, procedures or materials are introduced.
Feedback from regular H&S meetings is disseminated to staff via the communication channels above.
Corrective actions are taken where a breach has been found, and to mitigate any future occurrences.
Risk and Impact Assessments are reviewed to ensure safe and current practice is upheld and statutory regulations are complied with.
All accidents are investigated to identify the cause or causes of the accident and to prevent a recurrence.
Although ‘near misses’ are unplanned and unforeseeable incidents, and do not result in serious harm, a recurrence of the incident might prove more serious, so these are investigated in the same manner as a no ‘near miss.’
Minor accidents and ‘near misses’ are recorded in the Accident Book and each entry is reviewed at the H&S meetings.
If an occurrence falls within the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), then the appropriate notification procedures are followed.
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