Harringtons Builders PLC Company Policy

Health and Safety Policy Statement

In accordance with its duty under Section 2(3) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and in fulfilling its obligations to both employees and the public who may be affected by its activities; the Directors of Harringtons Builders PLC have produced the following statement of policy in respect of health and safety.

1.0.1 Policy Objectives

The The objective of the Harrington Builders PLC health and safety policy is to prevent, insofar as it is reasonably practicable to do so, during the course of the work or duties being undertaken, any accidental occurrence which may result in:

  • Injury or the ill health to any person.
  • Adverse impact upon the environment.
  • Damage to or loss of any plant, equipment, property, materials or products.
  • Events that may otherwise be detrimental to efficiency and/or prestige.
  • Delays in any processes or operation.

The policy is applicable to all Harrington Builders PLC employees, including the employees of sub-contractors, self-employed persons, consulting practices and clients. Harrington Builders PLC are committed to complying with all relevant and applicable legal requirements, and also with any other requirements to which the organisation subscribes which are related to the Health & Safety hazards within the company.

The application and promotion of the policy is the responsibility of senior management, whilst duties and tasks may be delegated, overall responsibility remains that of senior management to ensure that the company complies with relevant statutory health and safety legislation, and any current approved codes of practice. All company employees, regardless of their status, are expected to abide by the principles of this policy as applicable. We also expect the co-operation of those mentioned within the scope section of this policy to work in such a way that accidents to themselves and others may be prevented.

Individuals can make important contributions to the development and implementation of these policies and arrangements. The company will give opportunities for participation in this process and encourages involvement of employees either directly or through their representatives. To ensure that this policy can be successfully implemented, the company and its board of directors will provide funds as is reasonably necessary.

1.0.2 Precautions and Planning

Suitable and adequate measures shall be taken to safeguard any persons, plant, equipment, property, material or product which is likely to be exposed to any known or suspected hazards associated with or arising out of the processes, tasks or operations being undertaken. The company are to take into account at tendering stage, those factors which will assist in eliminating injury, damage and waste. All activities shall be conducted in a responsible manner, planned and controlled that the possibility of any unplanned events occurring is reduced. Accident prevention is a joint responsibility of all those mentioned in part three of this section of the policy and that to understand their joint responsibilities, good communication and consultation is necessary.

1.0.3 Information, Training and Instruction

Information from risk assessments, method statements, performance monitoring activities, employee feedback and advice from our Director of Health, Safety & Environment and designated consultants, will be used to identify the health and safety training needs of employees. All employees will follow the Harrington Builders PLC standard induction procedure to ensure suitable and sufficient information is passed in relation to the company and its activities and arrangements. All site employees will undertake training in manual handling, behavioural safety, abrasive wheels, asbestos awareness and working at height.

A system for the communication of health, safety and welfare information will be maintained so that employees are made aware of the known or suspected hazards associated with or arising out of the work or duties assigned to them.

Where necessary employees will also be suitably trained or instructed to enable them to carry out their tasks in a healthy, safe and efficient manner. All site operatives are to hold a valid CSCS or CPCS card. All our site supervisors have the 3-day site safety supervisor course and our site managers and contract managers have the 5-day site managers' course. The practicalities and method of work training will be carried out by the company's managers and overseen by the safety consultants and safety manager. Employees will be trained in the safe use of plant/equipment which they will be using for their work by the appropriate CITB plant operators' course where required. All machine drivers will be required to undertake a quick hitch course as well as having the appropriate plant CPCS ticket.

Where accredited certification is not required, employees will be instructed on how to use plant/equipment safely, directly by the safety consultant, manufacturer/supplier/hirer, or by the company's managers who themselves would have been instructed on how to use the plant/equipment properly and safely. To ensure the company's employees are kept up-to-date with safety matters the company has a library of safety information, codes of practices and legislation etc. This library will be maintained with up-to-date information and changes in law etc.

1.0.4 Health, Safety and Welfare

Provision shall be made for welfare requirements of employees whilst carrying out their tasks and duties and any hazard to health associated with the work shall be the subject of strict precautionary measures.

1.0.5 Measuring. Monitoring, Reviewing and Auditing

All company activities and the use of plant, equipment and materials etc., which affect the safe place of work, shall be inspected in accordance with legal requirements; with reports distributed to those concerned as necessary. Safety inspections to measure, monitor and review health and safety performance, and audits on the health and safety management system; will be carried out by competent personnel.

The company is committed to continual improvement in its management of health and safety and the improvement of health and safety performance. This detail is to be included in the annual report on health and safety which is distributed to the company directors. This policy shall be reviewed annually, taking into account changes in legislation, changes in the nature and range of activities carried out by the company and take advantage of operational experience, negative and positive.

For and on behalf of Harrington Builders PLC

Mr. Tony Harrington, Managing Director

1st February 2021

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