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Health, Safety and Welfare 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 employees, contractors and the public who may be affected by its activities, Tony Carter; Managing Director of Famella Building Contractors has produced the following statement of policy in respect of health and safety.

It is our aim to achieve a working environment which is free of work related accidents and ill-health and to this end we will pursue continuing improvements from year to year.

We undertake to discharge our statutory duties by:

  • Identifying hazards in the workplace, assessing the risks related to them and implementing appropriate preventative and protective measures;
  • Providing and maintaining safe work equipment;
  • Establishing and enforcing safe methods of work;
  • Recruiting and appointing personnel who have the skills, abilities and competence commensurate with their role and level of responsibility;
  • Ensuring that tasks given to employees are within their skills, knowledge and ability to perform;
  • Ensuring that technical competence is maintained through the provision of refresher training as appropriate;
  • Promoting awareness of health and safety and of good practice through the effective communications of relevant information;
  • Furnishing sufficient funds needed to meet these objectives.

All employees on their part are encouraged to contribute actively towards achieving a work environment that is free of accidents and ill health.

The main objectives of our Policy are to achieve a zero accident count by preventing accidents, comply with current legislation, maintain a sound reputation for Health and Safety and fulfil the needs of our training plan.

Our health and safety policy will be reviewed annually to monitor its effectiveness and to ensure that it reflects changing needs and circumstances.

This statement is to be read in conjunction with the responsibilities, arrangements, procedures and guidance that together form Famella Building Contractors health and safety manual.


Responsibilities for Health and Safety

Managing Director: Tony Carter
The Managing Director’s Health and Safety responsibilities are to ensure that:

  1. The Policy is effectively implemented, monitored, developed and communicated effectively to all staff and that necessary alterations are made to the policy to reflect changes in legislation or company development;
  2. Suitable and sufficient funds, people and equipment are made available to meet the health and safety requirements of the policy;
  3. The appropriate insurance cover is provided and maintained;
  4. All levels of management and employees understand their responsibilities for health and safety placed upon them by this Policy;
  5. An effective training programme is established to ensure that all employees are trained and competent to carry out their duties;
  6. He recognises his role in providing health and safety leadership in the company and to engage the active participation of workers in improving health and safety through continuous improvement;
  7. Procedures are put in place to ensure that planning and control measures are provided to establish safe working methods for situations involving potential hazards;
  8. Procedures are put in place to ensure that adequate welfare facilities are provided for employees, sub-contractors and visitors;
  9. Health and safety objectives are set and their achievement is measured.

Responsibilities for Health and Safety

Contract Managers
The Health and Safety responsibilities of the Contracts’ Manager are to ensure that:

  1. They understand the Company’s Health and Safety Policy and understand their responsibilities;
  2. They actively lead the implementation of the Health and Safety Policy;
  3. Adequate welfare facilities are provided for sites under their management;
  4. They ensure that a Construction Phase Plan is implemented for each site under their control and they ensure procedure is in place to ensure this is kept up to date throughout the construction phase;
  5. They ensure that that a fire risk assessment is implemented for each site under their control and they ensure a procedure is in place to keep this updated throughout the construction phase.
  6. They ensure that risk assessments and method statements are completed for all works to be carried out by Famella Building Contractors prior to works starting and that this is communicated to the relevant site manager.
  7. Persons under their control are adequately trained and competent to carry out their work and operate any plant or equipment in a safe manner;
  8. They set a good personal example at all times whilst on site;
  9. All accidents/incidents, ill health, dangerous occurrences, and other issues concerning safety raised by anyone at work, are recorded and investigated such that effective controls can be implemented to help prevent recurrence;
  10. All reportable injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences are reported to the relevant enforcing authority;
  11. Regular meetings are held at which issues of health and safety can be discussed, objectives and plans reviewed and actions for continual improvement developed;
  12. Regular health and safety site inspections are carried out to ensure that all staff and working conditions are in compliance with all mandatory legislation and site rules.
  13. Procedures are put in place to ensure that all equipment is in good condition, adequately maintained and guarded, is suitable for the purpose for which it is used and has any required certificates of inspection or examination;
  14. They ensure that all site managers are trained on the Famella Health & Safety Management system.
  15. They ensure that all site managers are competent to carry out their work duties in compliance with Health & Safety Legislation.
  16. They ensure that all site managers are correctly implementing the Health and Safety Management System as required.
  17. They inform the Managing Director of any change to their state of health, either temporary or permanent, which might affect their working ability or their suitability to carry out any particular task or tasks.

Responsibilities for Health and Safety

Site Managers
The Health and Safety responsibilities of the Site Managers are to ensure that:

  1. They understand the Company’s Health and Safety Policy and understand their responsibilities;
  2. They actively lead the implementation of the Health and Safety Policy on site;
  3. Welfare facilities are maintained in a satisfactory condition whilst on site;
  4. They evaluate contractors risk assessments and method statements prior to works starting on site and ensure as the project develops that additions are made where required;
  5. They complete a site induction for all persons who visit the construction site and do not allow anyone on the site unless they have a CSCS card;
  6. They ensure that contractors are working in accordance with their approved RAMS;
  7. They communicate and consult with site operatives on issues of health and safety and encourage them to report hazards and raise health and safety concerns;
  8. So far as possible all health and safety site rules are followed by all and enforced;
  9. Any hazardous substances are stored, transported, handled and used in a safe manner and in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions and established rules and procedures;
  10. All plant and work equipment on site is maintained in a safe condition, guarded in accordance with the relevant legislation and has the statutory certificates of inspection or examination;
  11. Personal protective equipment is readily available and maintained, and relevant staff are aware of its correct use, storage and procedures for replacement;
  12. They set a good personal example at all times whilst on site;
  13. All accidents/incidents, ill health, dangerous occurrences, and other issues concerning safety raised by anyone at work, are recorded and records sent to The Contracts Manager. All accidents to be investigated such that effective controls can be implemented to help prevent recurrence;
  14. Regular meetings are held at which issues of health and safety can be discussed, objectives and plans reviewed and actions for continual improvement developed;
  15. They inform their line manager of any change to their state of health, either temporary or permanent, which might affect their working ability or their suitability to carry out any particular task or tasks.
  16. They complete a weekly safety inspection of the site.
  17. They complete all necessary checks as required by the site management files.
  18. They report to the Contracts Managers on contractor performance and take the appropriate steps in the instance of unsafe working on sites.
  19. They ensure contact is coordinated with external organisations, such as emergency services;
  20. They take reasonable care not to endanger themselves or other persons through their actions or omissions at work.
  21. They do not misuse or abuse anything provided under a statutory requirement in the interests of health and safety.
  22. They Co-operate with Famella Building Contractors on all aspects of health, safety and welfare.

Responsibilities for Health and Safety

Famella Operatives
The Famella Operatives Health and Safety responsibilities are to:

  1. They understand the Company’s Health and Safety Policy and understand their responsibilities;
  2. All health and safety site rules are followed.
  3. Any hazardous substances are stored, transported, handled and used in a safe manner and in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions and established rules and procedures;
  4. They report all accidents/incidents, ill health, dangerous occurrences, and other issues concerning safety to the site manager immediately.
  5. Only use tools which are in good condition.
  6. Report all defects in tools, plant, equipment and materials, or any obvious safety or health hazards.
  7. Take reasonable care not to endanger themselves or other persons through their actions or omissions at work.
  8. Warn new employees of hazards.
  9. Do not misuse or abuse anything provided under a statutory requirement in the interests of health and safety.
  10. Co-operate with Famella operatives on all aspects of health, safety and welfare.
  11. Do not operate any equipment or machinery unless they have been fully trained and instructed in its operation.
  12. They wear the appropriate PPE at all times whilst on site.
  13. They inform their site manager of any change to their state of health, either temporary or permanent, which might affect their working ability or their suitability to carry out any particular task or tasks.

Responsibilities for Health and Safety

All Famella Employees
All Famella employees have Health and Safety responsibilities to:

  1. Understand the Company’s Health and Safety Policy and understand their responsibilities;
  2. Report all accidents/incidents, ill health, dangerous occurrences, and other issues concerning safety immediately.
  3. Only use equipment which is in good condition.
  4. Report all defects in equipment, or any obvious safety or health hazards.
  5. Take reasonable care not to endanger themselves or other persons through their actions or omissions at work.
  6. Warn new employees of hazards.
  7. Co-operate with Famella operatives on all aspects of health, safety and welfare.
  8. Inform their manager of any change to their state of health, either temporary or permanent, which might affect their working ability or their suitability to carry out any particular task or tasks.

Responsibilities for Health and Safety

Contractors
The Contractors’ Health and Safety responsibilities are to:

  1. Pass the Famella Building Contractors PQQ
  2. Be working towards gaining an SSIP accreditation.
  3. Provide copies of their Health and Safety Policy and any other documentation ascertaining to health and safety that may be requested by the Company;
  4. Comply with all the requirements of the Famella Building Contractors Health and Safety Policy;
  5. Undertake work in accordance with the relevant statutory provisions and taking into account safety of others on the site and the general public;
  6. Ensure that all plant or equipment brought on to site is safe and in good working condition, fitted with any necessary guards and safety devices and with any necessary certificates available for checking;
  7. Ensure that any injury sustained or damage caused by their employees is reported immediately to the Famella Building Contractors site manager.
  8. Follow Famella Building Contractors site safety rules and comply with any safety instructions given by this Company’s site representative;
  9. Ensure that any materials or substances brought on sites which have health, fire or explosion risks are used and stored in accordance with Regulations and current recommendations and that information is provided to any other person who may be affected on site. Assessment of risk associated with any substance or process hazardous to health that will be used on the site must be presented to this Company’s site representative before work commences;
  10. Ensure that workplaces are kept tidy and all debris, waste materials, etc are cleared as work proceeds;
  11. Provide written instructions through risk assessment and safe systems of work, to establish safe working methods, to explain the sequence of operations, to outline the potential hazards and implementation of suitable risk controls;
  12. Attend safety meetings as requested; these meetings shall be the principal point for the transfer of information.
  13. Co-operate with Famella Building Contractors on all aspects of health, safety and welfare.

Responsibilities for Health and Safety

First Aiders
The First Aiders’ Health and Safety responsibilities are to ensure that:

  1. They have undertaken a training course in administering first aid at work and hold a current first aid at work certificate;
  2. The first aid materials, equipment and facilities provided by the Company are made available to employee’s at all relevant times. This will include ensuring that first aid equipment, suitably marked and easily accessible, is available in all places where working conditions require it;
  3. First aid containers are kept easily accessible and placed, if possible, near to hand washing facilities.
  4. First aid containers should protect first aid items from dust and damp and should only be stocked to the prescribed standard;
  5. First aid boxes are inspected frequently and replenished as soon as possible after use and where items have expired;
  6. All accidents and incidents are recorded in the Company accident book.

Responsibilities for Health and Safety

Fire Marshals
The Fire Marshals’ Health & Safety Responsibilities are to ensure that:

  1. In the event of a fire, all personnel are evacuated efficiently and safely from the site and sent to the designated assembly point.
  2. They familiarise themselves with the site, and are aware of the needs of the people in that area
  3. They are familiar with all the escape routes on site.
  4. Fire exit routes remain clear at all times.
  5. They are the point of contact for the emergency services.
  6. They carry out routine inspections of the firefighting equipment to ensure that it is serviceable, i.e. not damaged or discharged.
  7. People in their area are aware of the fire and evacuation procedures, in particular the means of raising the alarm;
  8. They summon the emergency services in the event of an emergency situation;

Responsibilities for Health and Safety

RHSS Ltd
RHSS have been retained as the Company’s Safety Advisors and shall:

  1. Ensure that the Health and Safety Policy and documentation, as prepared by them, is reviewed and updated as required;
  2. Provide a telephone advisory service relating to all aspects of health and safety at work;
  3. Carry out site safety inspections as requested by Famella Building Contractors.
  4. Provide written reports and assessments for the Company subsequent to the inspections;
  5. By arrangement, provide an accident investigation service and liaise with the enforcing authority;
  6. If requested, assess all method statements prepared by the Company;
  7. If requested, attend meetings regarding health and safety, on behalf of the Company;
  8. If requested, provide health and safety training to both management and staff;
  9. Ensure that RHSS’ staff acts to reduce imminent danger wherever that may be seen in any area of the Company’s responsibilities.