Health and Safety Policy

HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY


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1. SAFETY POLICY STATEMENT (top)

INTRODUCTION

This safety policy is a statement of intent by Preform Insulations Limited to comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. To provide and maintain a healthy and safe working environment for all employees and contractors, and to minimise as far as practical the possible risk to the public at any site operation.

The Company Managing Director is responsible for the implementation and is committed to review the objectives and attitudes in order to improve standards and reduce incidents.

Within this policy all Preform Insulation employees and its sub-contractors, are actively involved in monitoring the highest achievable standard of safety. The basic requirement is that all persons are responsible for their own safety and that of their colleagues.

This document is available to all employees and sub-contract labour, and shall be reviewed and revised as necessary.

The company undertakes to make every employee aware of their legal obligation to comply with statutory legislation, and provide all documentation necessary to maintain an accurate record of incidents.

The overall responsibility for safety rests with the company Managing Director.

Company Managing Director: Colin Fell Date: 1.8.98

2. COMPANY ORGANISATION RESPONSIBILITIES (top)

COMPANY DIRECTORS RESPONSIBILITIES

1. To ensure implementation of the company safety policy for the general health, safety and welfare of all employees and contractors and ensure a safe operation and working environment within all our client's premises.

2. To ensure conformity to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

3. To interface the aspects of the safety policy through departments.

4. Maintain a personal commitment to the safety policy as an example to others.

5. To act immediately to rectify and report any unsafe act or potentially unsafe act.

MANAGING DIRECTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Responsible for the safe operation of plant and machinery.

2. To co-ordinate the necessary training and instruction for safe working practice.

3. To maintain a personal commitment to the safety policy as an example to others.

4. To report any fatal accidents and those resulting in major injury or condition to the necessary authorities .

5. Responsible for fire prevention, safe and efficient evacuation of the work place.

6.To act immediately to rectify and report any unsafe act or potentially unsafe act.

SUPERVISORS/FOREMAN RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Responsible to the Managing Director to monitor and report the health, safety and welfare of the staff under his supervision.

2. Relate to the Managing Director any points of safety arising during the course of work.

3. To insure all staff under his supervision apply the company safety policy and procedures and are aware of their responsibilities.

4. To incorporate safe working practice and procedures into the methods of work and instruction.

5. To report defects or damage to plant and equipment and affect or organise repair to eliminate potential hazards.

6. To ensure all staff are issued with protective clothing and that said clothing is properly maintained and used.

7. To insure all staff are suitably attired for work and presentable in accordance with the working environment.

8. Responsible for the discipline of staff under his supervision.

9. Maintain a personal commitment to the safety policy as an example to others.

10. To act immediately to rectify and report any unsafe act or potentially unsafe act.

ALL EMPLOYEES RESPONSIBILITIES

1. To fulfil their individual responsibilities by operating in a safe and responsible manner.

2. Make full and proper use of protective clothing and equipment provided.

3. Maintain and keep clean all company owned equipment and return said equipment after use to its place of origin.

4. Maintain their place of work and working environment in a clean and safe manner.

5. To report any damage to property, plant or equipment.

6. Adhere to any safety requirements, rules and requirements laid down by the client at their place of work.

All personnel are reminded that, by law, they have an obligation to ensure their own safety and that of their work mates and others that may be affected by their actions or omissions. To assist the company in its arrangements to comply with its statutory obligations and not to misuse or interfere with anything provided in the interest of safety, health or welfare.

7. To act immediately to rectify and report any unsafe act or potentially unsafe act.

3.GUIDELINES (top)

TRAINING

The company will ensure that the necessary levels of training are given to all employees in order to carry out their work in accordance with the health and safety requirements and those of the client.

Training will be performed by in-house personnel or by third party services as required.

All personnel will attend a safety training programme on a monthly basis which shall cover an introduction to the safe working practices, regulations, premises, welfare etc.

ACCIDENT REPORTS

All accidents and near misses shall be reported in accordance with company procedures and where applicable, client's requirements.

All reports shall be reviewed during the safety meetings. When considered necessary the Managing Director will investigate an incident and take action to prevent its re-occurrence.

All fatal accidents and those resulting in major injury shall be reported to the enforcing authority as quickly as possible followed by a written report.

FIRE AND EVACUATIONS

The Managing Director or person nominated will be responsible for all aspects of fire prevention, fire fighting and evacuation procedures.

EQUIPMENT

All equipment will be properly maintained and certified.

No electrical equipment should be used unless covered by an up to date certificate of conformity.

Items of equipment will be issued with a unique number, and a record of all tests and services kept.

MEDICAL FACILITIES AND WELFARE

The company will ensure a competent first aider is always on site during normal working hours.

A first aid kit will be kept at a first aid point which will also display the names of all competent firs-aiders.

REVIEW OF SAFETY PROCEDURES

The Managing Director will be responsible for reviewing the safety policy and procedures and regular safety meetings will be held during which safety issues will be discussed and actioned.

ASBESTOS

If a material is suspected to contain asbestos under no circumstances must it be touched or removed.

The appropriate action required is to inform site foreman or supervisor immediately who will then carry out the necessary action.

4. GENERAL (top)

SAFE PLACE OF WORK

The following points will assist in ensuring that the work place is as safe as possible.

All employees are expected to work in a safe and proper manner and must abide by the relevant company's policies codes or practices and site safety rules at all times.

Safety footwear must always be worn.

All fire exists clearly marked and kept clear at all times.

Materials and dangerous substances stored safely.

Appropriate facilities for storing materials, tools and equipment

5. SAFE WORKING ACCESS (top)

Unsafe methods of access are strictly forbidden - these include standing on crates, drums, boxes and pipework etc.

LADDERS/STEPS

1. Every job above ground is to be planned and consideration given to the use of scaffolding in preference to portable ladders.

2. All ladders should be lashed at the top to a firm support (whilst carrying out this action a second person must foot ladder).

3. Never allow more than one person to ascend at once.

4. Ladders/steps to be checked by Preform safety representative every 6 months.

SCAFFOLDS

1. Scaffolds must have a sign "scaffold complete" or authorization given by appropriate personnel before scaffold is used.

2. All materials and equipment on working platforms must be stacked and secured safely. Dropping or throwing articles from overhead working platforms is strictly forbidden.

ROOFWORK

1. Crawling boards or roof ladders must be used on any asbestos (or similar fragile material) roof.

2. Suitable barriers shall be erected to prevent falls from the edge of eaves or roofs.

6. COSSH - RISK ASSESSMENT (top)

In order to comply with the requirements of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1988 we will provide documentary evidence of the risk assessment made on any substances/products covered by these regulations, together with details of control measures should the requirement deemed necessary.

All details will be supplied to client as and when required.

7. ENVIRONMENT (top)

At Preform protecting people and the environment will be part of everything we manufacture and all work carried out.

Each and every employee has a responsibility in ensuring procedures and operations meet Government or Preform standards, whichever is the more stringent, through advice and consultation on optimum insulation requirements, energy conservation and waste disposal.

Our goal is to eliminate all adverse environmental and health impacts, reduce waste and promote resource conservation at every stage.

Our responsibilities are for the protection and benefit of everyone.