Health and Safety Policy Statement
Coniston recognises and accepts its responsibilities as an Employer for providing a safe and healthy place of work.
Coniston are committed to the prevention of injury and ill health and it is the intention and policy of the Directors to promote the highest standards of Health and Safety at Work practices not only for employees but also others affected by the Company operations.
It is an enforced policy of the company that at all times its operations are executed in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practical, the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of all its employees, and all persons likely to be affected by its operations. These include Clients staff, visitors, consultants, sub-contractors and the public where appropriate.
We are committed to continual improvement and measure, monitor and benchmark our system on a regular basis to ensure this is being achieved. H&S objectives will be set by top management annually. These objectives shall be companywide and shall require the input of all staff to successfully achieve them. Achievement of these objectives shall be reviewed annually at the management review. The objectives for 2012 are:
• To ensure all Site Managers receive the Site Manager Safety Training Scheme accreditation by the close of 2012
• To ensure all Coniston staff (where appropriate) undertake a H&S refresher course during 2012, to include all regulatory and legislative updates.
• To implement a health and safety management system by the close of 2012, with registration to commence early 2012.
• To develop robust H&S systems that allow us to work towards zero reportable accidents across our sites.
• To carry out an assessment of all work areas / stations ensuring a safe, working environment.
The achievement of these objectives shall be driven by the Director(s) immediately responsible for health and safety, assisted by the health and safety Co-ordinator(s). All staff shall assume responsibility for the achievement of these objectives and are required by the company to play an active role in supporting these aims. The exact details of these objectives including responsibilities and timescales can be found in our H&S Management System Manual.
All operations will comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (amended 2006), Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations) 2009 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 including their ACoPs recommendations and other relevant legislation. This policy will be amended and updated or any future statutory changes or introductions will be integrated as necessary.
This policy is communicated to staff during their initial induction to the company. Any updates or changes are subsequently communicated through monthly contract review meetings, training (as appropriate), memos (for specific areas of concern) and specific site/project inductions (when appropriate). Copies of the latest information are available via our website www.conistonltd.co.uk or from the office.
Without prejudice to the generality of an Employer’s duty of care, particular attention will be paid to:
• The provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practical, safe and without risk to health. This will take the form of risk assessments linked to particular tasks
• Arrangements for ensuring, so far as is reasonably practical, safety and absence of risks to health in connection with the use, handling, storage, or transport of goods and substances. Particularly hazardous materials are subjected to a COSHH assessment in the form appropriate to the material
• The provision of such information, instruction, training, and supervision as is necessary to enable all employees and others to avoid hazards and contribute positively to their own health and safety at work.
• The provision and maintenance of a safe place of work with safe access to and egress from that place.
• A senior manager of the company (Steve Clarke Contract and H&S Director) has responsibility for the co-ordination, development and implementation of these policies and procedures and will ensure that the nominated safety Co-ordinator(s) / consultants are carrying out their duties efficiently and conduct regular monitoring of performance and safety standards.
• The nominated safety Co-ordinator(s) / consultants have a mandate to advise all levels of staff on the implementation of safe working practices. This will include regular site visits and the use of training sessions as appropriate to relevant staff.
• Health and Safety objectives are set at management review and they are evaluated at the steering committee ensuring constant monitoring of the H&S system.
Whilst realising that the legal and executive responsibility for health and safety rests with management there is also an obligation on employees and others to exercise personal responsibility and take reasonable care for their own and others health and safety. Employees are both required and encouraged to co-operate with management and also to take an active role in furthering and assisting in the operation of the company safety policy and procedures.
No safety policy will succeed unless it actually involves the work people themselves and Coniston will provide advice and training on health and safety matters to employees at all levels to aid this objective.
The requirements and intent of this policy are communicated to staff through a variety of different mediums and forums. These take place both on a regular scheduled basis or ad hoc, as and when required. These include:
• A copy of the published policy constantly available from our website
• Memos of reminders and updates, as and when necessary
• A verbal instruction and signed confirmation of instruction during all staff members initial induction
• Reminders and updates via on-site tool box talk, as and when necessary
• Reminders and updates via contract review meetings, as and when necessary