Occupational Health & Safety Policy
The Company recognises that it has a responsibility to ensure that all reasonable precautions are taken to provide and maintain working conditions, which are safe, healthy and comply with all statutory requirements and codes of practice. The Company also recognises that this responsibility extends to other persons on the Companies premises, whether as Customers, Guests or providing a service.
The Company will, so far as is reasonably practicable, pay particular attention to: -
- The provision and maintenance of a safe place of work.
- The provision of a safe means of access to and egress from the place of work.
- The maintenance of a working environment that is safe, without risks to health and adequate as regards to facilities.
- The provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work that is safe and healthy.
- Arrangements for ensuring safety and absence of risks to health in connection with the use, storage and transport of articles and substances.
- The provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the health and safety at work of employees and others.
Organisation and Responsibilities
- The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for safety in the Company and will monitor the Health and Safety Policy on a regular basis. The Board will also ensure that sufficient resources are available to provide the required equipment, clothing, information and training to ensure a high standard of safety proficiency.
- The Directors are aware of the potential safety hazards in the Company and wish to stress the importance of communication and co-operation at all levels. The systems described below are designed to be preventative but all staff must be aware of these hazards and ensure that the risk of accidents is not increased by carelessness or neglect.
The Standards Manager has been delegated specific responsibility for health and safety matters, including: -
- Acting as chairperson of the safety committee, who will meet regularly. Safety reports and details of accidents and near misses reported will be discussed at the meeting, a copy of the minutes will be filed and copies displayed on all notice boards if necessary.
- Investigating causes of accidents and ill health at work and taking steps to remove them or minimise their effect.
- Keeping up to date on legislation and codes of practice relating to the Companies operations and ensuring that such requirements are observed.
- Acting as a "competent person" in accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and ensuring that all risks are identified, assessed and, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the appropriate preventive and protective measures are taken.
- Ensuring the Companies obligations in respect of assessment control and monitoring of hazardous substances are met.
- Advising line managers on particular problems and the means of reducing the likelihood of accidents or illness resulting from the processes used by the company.
- Ensuring that the Companies first aid and medical services are adequate and effectively maintained.
- Arrange induction training for new employees in accordance with the company's Induction Checklist (Form No. G016)
Departmental Managers have the responsibility to provide leadership and to provide responsible attitudes towards health and safety. Each Manager will: -
- Ensure that each new employee is given training in the precautions and procedures appropriate to their specific jobs. All new members of staff will be told the location of the first aider, fire exits and fire fighting equipment.
- Ensure that all subordinates are aware of the health and safety policy.
- Assist the Personnel Manager in the investigation of accidents
- Assist the Personnel Manager in the assessment of the risks of the various processes in the department.
- Ensure good housekeeping standards are applied throughout the department.
- Legislation imposes a duty on employees to take all reasonable care of their own safety and the safety of other employees and visitors to the Companies premises. They are expected to follow Company procedures and bring to the notice of their Manager anything which they consider to be a health and safety hazard.
- All injuries, however slight, should be reported to a first aider and entered in the Accident Book.