Health and Safety Policy         

Absolute Specialists Ltd Health and Safety Policy

 

  1. Purpose:

Absolute Specialists Ltd (AS Ltd) recognises that it has statutory obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (the Management Regulations) to provide a safe and healthy environment for any of its employees, clients and the public.

In doing so it is observed that health and safety is the business of the entire organisation. Accordingly, there is a need for the delegation of health and safety responsibilities and the promotion of strategies and procedures to achieve compliance with this and related legislation.

 

  1. Organisational Scope:

This policy applies to any AS Ltd employees or contractors and activities.

 

  1. Definitions:

For purposes of this policy, unless otherwise stated, the following definitions shall apply:

Accident: An event that causes any person to be harmed.
Contractor: A person engaged by AS Ltd to do any work for gain or reward under a Contract for Services.
Harm: Means illness, injury or both.
Hazard: An activity, arrangement, circumstance, event, occurrence, phenomenon, process, situation or substance that is an actual or potential source of harm.
Healthy: Means unharmed (and ‘health’ has the corresponding meaning).
Incident: Any event that causes or could have caused harm to any person.
Safe: In relation to a person, means not exposed to any hazards; and in every other case, means free from hazards.

 

  1. Policy Content and Guidelines:

4.1       Health and Safety Policy

AS Ltd is firmly committed to the provision of a safe and healthy environment for its employees and contractors. AS Ltd recognises that this commitment will only be achieved with positive leadership, the provision of necessary resources and continued pursuit of best practice in occupational health and safety.

AS Ltd expects every member of its organisation to accept personal responsibility for promoting the safety and well-being of themselves and those involved in, or affected by, AS Ltd’s activities.

4.2       Responsibilities

  1. The Managing Director has overall responsibility for the effective management of health and safety, and requires anyone with staff responsibility to implement this policy.
  2. AS Ltd must:
  • Undertake a risk assessment of any employees work environments.
  • Maintain an effective programme to ensure that all workplace hazards are systematically identified and appropriate measures introduced to control these hazards.
  • Review and monitor the hazard management programme to take account of changing conditions and circumstances within the workplace, and ensure appropriate records are kept.
  • Ensure any employees have the opportunity to participate in the development of health and safety practices, and that all relevant documentation relating to health and safety issues is made available.
  • Ensure that any employees and contractors are trained, supervised and provided with information to undertake their duties safely.
  • Actively support the safe and early return to work of injured employees.
  • Encourage all employees and contractors to set a high standard of health and safety management by personal example.

 

  1. Those with staff responsibilities must:
  • Comply and ensure compliance of their staff with all relevant health and safety legislation, standards and codes of practice.
  • Ensure that all equipment, substances and work systems used are suitable for their intended purposes and take all reasonable and practicable steps to meet safety requirements.
  • Ensure that adequate training, information, instruction and supervision is provided.
  • Ensure that contractors and visitors are made aware of safety procedures.
  • Ensure a prompt response to any health and safety issues brought to their attention.
  • Ensure that all accidents and incidents are investigated and reported promptly and accurately to the Managing Director.
  • Ensure that health and safety objectives and responsibilities are included in individual role descriptions and are reviewed annually.
  • Undertake training and / or instruction in health and safety related subjects to ensure they are competent to carry out their health and safety responsibilities.

 

  1. Employees and Contractors must:
  • Immediately report all accidents and incidents to their line manager/supervisor and to the Managing Director.
  • Carry out their work in a way that does not adversely affect their own health and safety or that of others.
  • Learn, understand and abide by AS Ltd’s Health and Safety rules and procedures.
  • Undertake training and / or instruction in health and safety related subjects to ensure they are competent to carry out their health and safety responsibilities.

 

  1. References:

Health and Safety at Work etc Act (1974)

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (the Management Regulations)

  1. Approval Agency:

Managing Director

 

  1. Approval Dates:

This version takes effect from: 31st January 2018

The next policy review will be on or before 31st January 2019

 

  1. Policy Sponsor:

Managing Director

 

  1. Contact Person:

The following people may be approached on a routine basis in relation to this policy:

Clare Walters

Managing Director

clare.walters@absolute-specialists.co.uk

07984115927