We take very seriously our obligations and responsibilities under Health and Safety legislation. Our objective is to provide a safe working environment for all staff and other visitors to our premises.
So far as is reasonably practicable we aim to achieve the following:
- Provide safe equipment and systems.
- Provide a safe working environment.
- Provide safe methods of handling, storage and transport of articles of goods.
- Provide people with effective information, instruction and training.
- Ensure the place of work has appropriate means of access and egress.
- We have a no smoking policy other than in designated areas.
- All storage areas are safely laid out with adequate room for access in safety.
- Premises heated to the minimum temperature required by law.
All employees are obliged to take reasonable care for their own safety and for the others who may be affected by their acts or omissions and to co-operate fully with us in the arrangements we make in relation to Health and Safety matters. For example people must apply their informed judgement to:
- Adhere to the prescribed safe system of working inside or outside our locations.
- Report any faults or defects in equipment immediately to the Safety Officer.
- Report any safety concerns at all immediately to the Safety Officer.
- Report all accidents or near-misses to the Safety officer, no matter how trivial.
We appoint a safety officer with responsibility to ensure that people are at all times aware of and fully comply with obligations under Health and Safety law. Until further notice the company director, Mark Pellant, will act as the Safety Officer.
Health and Safety guidance is given to all new employees during their induction and regular refresher sessions are held to ensure best practise is upheld at all times.
People should be familiar with the evacuation procedures, details of which will be displayed throughout the building where people are working and highlighted during the induction of new staff and health and safety refreshers.
Should people discover a fire they should immediately sound the fire alarm and notify the senior staff member present.
All accidents must be reported to the Safety Officer. If any person becomes ill or injured while at work and requires medical attention arrangements will be made to call a doctor or emergency services or take the employee to Accident & Emergency at the nearest hospital.
Hazards and Safety Risks
People have a responsibility to report any potential health or safety hazard to the Safety Officer. Examples are as follows:
- Fire risks, e.g. accumulation of combustible waste, blocking or obstruction of fire doors, corridors, or smoking in non-smoking areas.
- Electrical problems, e.g. worn cables, loose connections, multiple connectors to power sockets, faulty wiring or trailing cables.
- Defective equipment.
- Defective flooring e.g. worn or frayed carpets, uneven or slippery surfaces.
- Unsuitable loading or stacking.
- Broken glass.
- Carelessness by persons on the premises, e.g. attempting to repair equipment without proper training.
Any breach or non-observance of your employer’s Health and Safety policy constitutes a potential disciplinary offence. In such a case where an employee knowingly put others at risk they may be dismissed.
We annually review working practices including the general working environment and individuals’ work stations to ensure that best practices are adhered to or adopted and that safety hazards are identified and accidents so far as reasonably practicable are avoided. In particular we regularly monitor the safety of any equipment or machinery provided. Maintenance is regularly and scrupulously carried out and proper records are kept. All equipment and machinery provided complies with the appropriate UK standards and is designed or adapted for the purpose for which it is used. All people who use or supervise the use of such equipment or machinery are properly trained in its use including Health and Safety considerations.
Our stakeholders are encouraged to suggest improvements to our Health and Safety Policy and suggestions should be made to the Safety Officer.
Approved for annual review by Mark Pellant, Company Director, January 2016.