It is the policy of Master Removers Group to comply with the terms of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and subsequent legislation and to provide and maintain a healthy and safe working environment. Master Removers Groups health and safety objective is to minimise the number of instances of occupational accidents and illnesses and ultimately to achieve an accident-free workplace.
All employees will be provided with such equipment, information, training and supervision as is necessary to implement the policy and achieve the stated objective.
Master Removers Group recognise and accept their duty to protect the health and safety of all visitors to the company, including contractors and temporary workers, as well as any members of the public who might be affected by our operations.
While the management of Master Removers Group will do all that is within its powers to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees, it is recognised that health and safety at work is the responsibility of each and every individual associated with the company. It is the duty of each employee to take reasonable care of their own and other people’s welfare and to report any situation which may pose a threat to the well-being of any other person.
The management of Master Removers Group will provide every employee with the training necessary to carry out their tasks safely. However, if an employee is unsure how to perform a certain task or feels it would be dangerous to perform a specific job then it is the employee’s duty to report this to their supervisor or the Depot Manager. An effective health and safety programme require continuous communication between workers at all levels. It is therefore every worker’s responsibility to report immediately any situation which could jeopardise the well-being of themselves or any other person.
All injuries, however small, sustained by a person at work must be reported to the SHEQ Manager or a delegated representative. Accident records are crucial to the effective monitoring and revision of the policy and must therefore be accurate and comprehensive.
Master Removers Group’s health and safety policy will be continually monitored and updated, particularly when changes in the scale and nature of our operations occur. The policy will be updated at least every 12 months.
The specific arrangements for the implementation of the policy and the personnel responsible are detailed below.
Tim Bloch – Managing Director
The person with overall and final responsibility for health and safety in Master Removers Group is the Managing Director, Tim Bloch.
The person responsible for overseeing, implementing and monitoring the policy is the Depot of Manager, Terance Puna.
The Operations Manager Nicholas Logan will be responsible as Terance Puna’s deputy in case of his absence.
The management of Master Removers Group see communication between workers at all levels as an essential part of effective health and safety management. Consultation will be facilitated by means of Safety Committee meetings as often as is deemed necessary.
The purpose of Safety Committee meetings is to provide a forum in which information may be conveyed and employee’s questions on health and safety issues answered. In addition these meetings will provide an opportunity to assess the continuing effectiveness of the policy.
The management of Master Removers Group will endeavour to communicate to employees their commitment to safety and to ensure that employees are familiar with the contents of the company health and safety policy. Master Removers Group communicates with its employees orally, in the form of directions and statements from supervisors, in writing, in the form of directives and this policy statement, and by example.
If we are to build and maintain a healthy and safe working environment, co-operation between workers at all levels is essential.
All employees are expected to co-operate with safety officers and to accept their duties under this policy. Disciplinary action may be taken against any employee who violates safety rules or who fails to perform his or her duties under this policy.
Employees have a duty to take all reasonable steps to preserve and protect the health and safety of themselves and all other people affected by the operations of the company.
Safety training is regarded as an indispensable ingredient of an effective health and safety programme. It is essential that every worker in the organisation is trained to perform his or her job effectively and safely. It is the opinion of the management of Master Removers Group that if a job is not done safely then it is not done effectively.
All workers will be trained in safe working practices and procedures prior to being allocated any new role. Training will include advice on the use and maintenance of personal protective equipment appropriate to the task concerned and the formulation of emergency contingency plans.
Training sessions will be held as often as is deemed necessary and will provide another opportunity for workers to express any fears or concerns they might have about their jobs.
The personnel with the responsibility for safety training are detailed below:
Depot Manager Terance Puna
It is the policy of Master Removers Group to comply with the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992.
Regular inspections of the workplace will be conducted by RMT Consultancy and the SHEQ Manager. In addition, inspections will be conducted in the relevant areas whenever there are significant changes in the nature and / or scale of our operations.
Workplace inspections will also provide an opportunity to review the continuing effectiveness of the policy and to identify areas where revision of the policy may be necessary.
It is the policy of Master Removers Group to comply with the law as set out in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
Master Removers Group will endeavour to ensure that all equipment used in the workplace is safe and suitable for the purpose for which it is used.
All workers will be provided with adequate information and training to enable them to use work equipment safely.
The use of any work equipment which could pose a risk to the wellbeing of persons in or around the workplace will be restricted to authorised persons.
All work equipment will be maintained in good working order and repair.
All workers will be provided with such protection as is adequate to protect them from dangers occasioned by the use of work equipment.
All work equipment will be clearly marked with health and safety warnings where appropriate.
Personal Protective Equipment
It is the policy of Master Removers Group to comply with the law as set out in the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992.
All workers who may be exposed to a risk to their health and safety while at work will be provided with suitable, properly fitting and effective personal protective equipment.
All personal protective equipment provided by Master Removers Group will be properly assessed prior to its provision.
All personal protective equipment provided by Master Removers Group will be maintained in good working order.
All workers provided with personal protective equipment by Master Removers Group will receive comprehensive training and information on the use, maintenance and purpose of the equipment.
Master Removers Group will endeavour to ensure that all personal protective equipment provided is used and used properly by its employees.
Manual Handling Operations
It is the policy of Master Removers Group to comply with the law as set out in the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992.
Manual handling operations will be avoided as far as is reasonably practicable where there is a risk of injury.
Where it is not possible to avoid manual handling operations an assessment of the operation will be made taking into account the task, the load, the working environment and the capability of the individual concerned. An assessment will be reviewed if there is any reason to suspect that it is no longer valid.
All possible steps will be taken to reduce the risk of injury to the lowest level possible.
Display Screen Equipment
It is the policy of Master Removers Group to comply with the law as set out in the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992.
Master Removers Group will conduct health and safety assessments of all workstations staffed by employees who use VDU screens as part of their usual work and will ensure that all workstations meet the requirements set out in the Schedule to the Regulations
The risks to users of VDU screens will be reduced to the lowest extent reasonably practicable.
VDU screen users will be allowed periodic breaks in their work. Eyesight tests will be provided for VDU screen users on request.
Where necessary VDU screen users will be provided with the basic necessary corrective equipment such as glasses or contact lenses.
All VDU screen users will be given appropriate and adequate training on the health and safety aspects of this type of work and will be given further training and information whenever the organisation of the workstation is substantially modified.
Control of Hazardous Substances
It is the policy of Master Removers Group to comply with the law as set out in the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.
A risk assessment will be conducted of all work involving exposure to hazardous substances. The assessment will be based on manufacturers’ and suppliers’ health and safety guidance and our own knowledge of the work process.
Master Removers Group will ensure that exposure of workers to hazardous substances is minimised and adequately controlled in all cases.
All workers who will come into contact with hazardous substances will receive comprehensive and adequate training and information on the health and safety issues relating to that type of work.
Assessments will be reviewed periodically, whenever there is a substantial modification to the work process and if there is any reason to suspect that the assessment may no longer be valid.
New or Expectant Mothers
It is the policy of Master Removers Group to comply with the European Directive on Pregnant Workers.
In addition to the general risk assessment, a further assessment of risk to new or expectant mothers will be conducted. Where a risk to new or expectant mothers is identified, working conditions and / or working hours will be adjusted so as to avoid the risk. Where this is not reasonable the employee(s) concerned will be suspended from work on full pay.
Where a new or expectant mother produces a doctor’s certificate stating that she should not work at night, suitable alternative daytime work will be found. Where this is not possible she will be suspended from work on full pay.
Master Removers Groups fire safety policy and procedures take account of special fire hazards in specific areas of the workplace
The designated Fire Wardens are responsible for ensuring compliance with fire safety and prevention codes, for reviewing company practices and procedures, inspecting and testing fire-fighting, prevention and protection equipment and for advising on safe practices and procedures.
Qualified Fire Marshals: Warren Crawford Terance Puna
The person(s) with responsibility for the maintenance and testing of fire alarms and firefighting equipment is the Depot Manager.
All workers within the firm have a duty to report immediately any fire, smoke or potential fire hazards to the fire service (dial 999).
All workers have a duty to conduct their operations in such a way as to minimise the risk of fire. This involves keeping combustible materials separate from sources of ignition and avoiding unnecessary accumulation of combustible materials.
The Depot Manager is responsible for the provision and maintenance of fire prevention and detection equipment.
All Staff are responsible for keeping their operating areas safe from fire, ensuring that their staff are trained in proper fire prevention practices and emergency procedures.
Fire Detection Equipment
Smoke detectors and manually operated fire alarms are located at strategic points throughout the workplace. If a smoke detector sounds it is the responsibility of any employee present to activate the alarm and evacuate the building.
Fire Fighting Equipment
Fire extinguishers are located at strategic points throughout the workplace. In some areas automatic sprinkler systems activated by automatic detection systems have been installed. Employees are expected to tackle a fire themselves, only if it would pose no threat to their personal safety to do so. If the situation is dangerous or potentially dangerous the employee should activate the alarm and evacuate the building immediately.
Fire doors designed to slow the spread of fire and smoke throughout the workplace have been installed at strategic points. Fire doors are designed to close automatically after opening and must never be blocked, jammed or tied open.
Fire exits are located at strategic points throughout the workplace. Exit doors and corridors must never be locked, blocked or used as storage space.
Emergency lighting has been installed in exit corridors, above emergency exit doors and throughout the workplace in case of power failure. Lifts also have emergency lighting installed although they should not be used in the case of an emergency evacuation.
Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the workplace.
Emergency Evacuation Procedure
In the event of the fire alarm being activated, or in any other emergency situation (such as a bomb scare), all employees must leave the building by the nearest available exit and assemble at the designated assembly point.
The designated assembly point for all departments is:
Health and Safety Policy Main Gate Entrance Muster point
Practice fire drills will be conducted every 6 months to ensure employee familiarity with emergency evacuation procedures.
Accident Investigation & Reporting
It is the policy of Master Removers Group to comply with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR 2013).
Master Removers Group see accident investigation as a valuable tool in the prevention of future incidents. In the event of an accident resulting in injury a report will be drawn up by the Depot Manager or a person appointed by the Depot Manager detailing:
All eyewitness accounts will be collected as near to the time of the accident as is reasonably practicable. Any person required to give an official statement has the right to have a lawyer or trade union representative present at the company’s expense.
The completed report will then be submitted to and analysed by the Safety Committee who will attempt to discover why the accident occurred and what action should be taken to avoid a recurrence of the problem.
All reports will be submitted to the company lawyers who will advise on liability, proceedings and quantum of damages. The lawyers will then submit the report to the company’s insurance risk advisors for assessment.
A follow up report will be completed after a reasonable period of time examining the effectiveness of any new measures adopted.
Health and Safety Policy Accident Procedure
First aid stations are located in areas where personnel are concentrated around the workplace. All first aid stations are clearly marked and are easily accessible by all employees during all working hours.
One person holding a current first aid certificate is responsible for the proper use and maintenance of each first aid station.
Where appropriate first aid stations are equipped with a defibrillator, in addition to standard first aid kits.
A list of emergency telephone numbers of doctors and hospitals available to the work site is posted next to each first aid station.
Qualified first aiders:
Warren Crawford Terance Puna Nicholas Logan Belinda Hopley
The Depot Manager, or designated person, is responsible for reporting all cases of accident and disease to the SHEQ Manager.
Accident records are compiled and stored by the SHEQ Manager.
The SHEQ Manager is responsible for reporting cases of accident and disease to the relevant enforcing authority under the RIDDOR 2013 Regulations where applicable.
Master Removers Group is committed to providing, so far as is reasonably practicable, adequate and appropriate welfare facilities for all employees. Where possible Master Removers Group will make arrangements with the client and/or Principal Contractor for the use of Welfare facilities at sites under their management. As a minimum the following requirements will be adhered to:
Where these facilities are not provided by the Client or principal Contractor, the company will provide suitable welfare facilities.
Health and Safety Policy General
Tool and Equipment Maintenance
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Tim Bloch – Managing Director
Master Removers Group *MRG* 141 Acton Lane
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