Health and Safety
HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK POLICY
FOR THE COMPANY OF
BILL MOORE (LIFTING TACKLE) LIMITED
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ACT 1974
Bill Moore Lifting Tackle Limited has been established for 38 years and currently employs six members of staff to carry out the business manufacture, supply, repair, test, hire, inspection, and installation of lifting equipment.
Our ability to adapt our in-house production facilities enables us to produce special products to customer drawings. We have our own design facility for non-standard items of lifting equipment and similar products.
The company is a member of The Engineering Employers Federation, The Federation of Small Businesses, and a full subscribing member to British Standards and members of LEEA.
We welcome you to visit our works to inspect our extensive stocks, our production capacity and to discuss with us your requirements.
Our Statement of General Policy is: -
- To provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work
- To consult with our employees on matters affecting their health and safety;
- To provide and maintain safe plant and equipment;
- To ensure safe handling and use of substances;
- To provide information, instruction, and supervision for employee’s;
- To ensure all employee’s are competent to do their tasks, and to give them adequate
- To prevent accidents and cases of work related ill health;
- To review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals.
COMPANY SAFETY AT WORK POLICY
1. Duties of the Company
1.1 The Company, Bill Moore Lifting Tackle Limited, recognises and accepts its responsibility as an employer for providing a safe and healthy work place and working environment for all of its employees.
1.2 The Company will take steps within its power to meet this responsibilty, paying particular
attention to the provision and maintenance of: -
i) Plant, equipment and systems of work that is safe
ii) Safe arrangements for the use, handling, storage and transport of equipment and
iii) Sufficient information, instruction training and supervision to enable all employees to
avoid hazards and contribute positively to their own safety and health at work.
iv) A safe place of work and safe access to and egress from the place of work.
v) A healthy working environment.
vi) Adequate welfare facilities.
1.3 The Company requires its personnel to carry out this health and safety policy as an essential
part of their responsibilities. They in turn will specify to all employees within their charge
what is expected of them as regards their safety and health at work.
1.4 The Company will ensure that personnel know and understand their responsibilities for
securing safe working conditions and practices. The Company will provide competent
technical advice on safety and health matters to help personnel with this task.
1.5 No safety policy will be successful unless it actively involves the work force themselves. The
Company will therefore co-operate fully in the appointment of safety representatives and will
provide them where necessary with the sufficient facilities and training to carry out this task.
The Company will also co-operate in the setting up of a safety committee or committees as
appropriate. In this connection the Company reminds its employees of their own duties under
Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to take care of their own safety and that
of other workers and to co-operate with the company as to enable it to carry out its own
1.6 The Company designates Mrs P Hartley as being the Director responsible for in-house Health and Safety within the company,.
1.7 A copy of this statement will be issued to all employees. It will be reviewed to or modified
from time to time and may be supplemented in appropriate cases by further and more detailed
statements relating to the work or particular departments, specific areas of activity or groups
2. General Duties of employees at work:
2.1 It shall be the duty of every employee while at work:
a) To take responsible care for the health and safety of himself and of other persons
who may be affected by his acts or omissions at work.
b) As regards any duty or requirement imposed on his employer or any other person
`by or under any of the relevant statutory provisions, to co-operate with him so far as it is necessary to enable that duty or requirement to be performed or complied with.
c) Co-operate with supervisors and managers on health and safety matters;
d) Not interfere with anything provided to safeguard their health and safety;
e) Take reasonable care of their own health and safety; and report all health and safety
concerns to an appropriate person (as detailed in this policy statement.)
2.2 Site Safety – All employees must ensure that their working conditions in house and on site are
safe and free from health hazards. A visual inspection before commencing work will help to
avoid accidents. Checking, for example, safe access, slippery surfaces, unguarded
equipment, makeshift scaffolding, cluttered work area, unguarded openings and that adequate
lighting is available. Hazards should be reported to the customers representative. Prior to
leaving site, all employees must ensure that the work area is safe and that any temporary
alterations are reverted to their original status
2.3 Protective Equipment and Clothing - Employees are responsible for ensuring that
appropriate work clothing is worn. In field operations, factory conditions, and manual jobs,
boots should be strong and in good repair. Protective clothing should be cleaned regularly
to remove contamination and to maintain a high standard of appearance. Hard hats must be
worn on all construction sites and in other field operations where appropriate. Employees
who require protective equipment should contact Mrs P Hartley, or Mrs K Platts. Typically
equipment readily available should include helmets, goggles, hard hats, gloves, ear defenders
etc. Specialised safety equipment may be required from time to time and where necessary
Mrs Hartley or Mrs K Platts will arrange supply.
2.4 Manual Handling/Lifting/Harness – Wherever possible mechanical handling equipment
provided by the company should be used and copy test certificate provided when required.
Also safety harnesses provided should be inspected before use every time to check for any
deterioration in the fabric, cuts or abrasions. Where manual handling cannot be avoided
it is the duty of each employee to avoid lifting goods beyond their capacity and obtain
assistance from other employees.
2.5 Electrical Equipment - Work on equipment with electrical systems must not start until
the system has been isolated. This should include actual isolation from the power supply.
In order to prevent inadvertent reconnection, the isolated mechanism must be locked off and
clearly marked as such. Low voltage supplies must be used for inspection lamps and power
tools, for example, 110 volts. Supervision must ensure that all electrical equipment and hand
tools are visually inspected and electrically tested every 6 months.
2.6 Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) – We are required to monitor
substances in use in the work place, assess the risks involved in their use and take and
necessary precautions. Information regarding the substances currently in use are summarised
in our COSHH data sheets. Any person responsible for purchasing substances for use at
work for example, blast media, paint, oils, adhesives, etc must ensure that the supplier provides a safety data sheet detailing any hazards involved in its use and advise on precautions to be taken. A copy of this information should be kept at head office for inclusion in our COSHH data sheets. Supervision must ensure that employees are aware of the risks and precautions to be taken and that they comply with them. Copies of COSHH data sheets are available from head office. Any substances such as blast media, paints and oils must be issued in suitably marked containers clearly identifying the contents
All waste materials must be disposed of using an approved licensed disposal contractor.
Under no circumstances must waste substances be tipped in to drains, waterways, skips.
or any other unapproved or non-licensed point of disposal. If there is any doubt about the method of disposal, a specialist disposal contractor must be contacted.
2.7 Safe Plant and Equipment - All employee’s are responsible for identifying equipment and
plant needing maintenance, and any problems found with the equipment should be reported to
Mrs P Hartley. Mrs Hartley will check that new plant and equipment meets Health and Safety
Standards before it is purchased and put in to use.
2.8 Vehicle Safety- Only persons authorised may drive a company vehicle. All drivers of
company vehicles must ensure that the vehicle is safe and properly maintained. All
drivers must have a full current U.K. driving licence. All users must adhere to
statutory driving regulations and road traffic acts and in particular the laws regarding
2.9 First Aid – Employers are responsible for maintaining a suitable equipped first aid kit.
When attempting to aid an accident victim, and untrained person may do more harm
than good. The following points are particularly important:
- Do not try to remove a particle from a persons eye
- Do not move an injured person or try and get them to stand. Moving a person
with a spinal injury can cause damage to nerves and result in paralysis.
- Do not provide first aid treatment for which you have not received training
- Summon help immediately and keep the victim warm and calm
- On field sites, such procedures and arrangements for first aid must be made in
advance or immediately upon arrival on site, rather than after an incident where
time could be critical.
In House first aid boxes are kept in the canteen. The appointed first aider is Mrs K
Platts. All incidents and cases of work related ill health are to be recorded in the accident book. This book is kept in the main office. Mrs Hartley is
responsible for investigating accidents, work related causes of sickness absences, and also
responsible for acting on investigation findings to prevent a recurrence.
2.10 Risk Assessments - In house risk assessment will be undertaken by MRS P HARTLEY, and
on site risk assessment will be undertaken by MR J BARRY, whose findings shall be reported to Mrs p Hartley. Any action required to remove/control risks will be approved by Mrs
Hartley In House assessments will be reviewed every year or when the work activity changes whichever is soonest.
2.11 Emergency Procedures/Fire and Evacuation - Mrs P Hartley is responsible for ensuring
the fire risk assessment is undertaken and implemented, however ALL staff are responsible
for ensuring that all escape routes are easily accessible and clear of clutter. Fire extinguishers
are visually inspected each week by Mr N Jones and tested yearly by a qualified outside
contractor. The fire alarm system will be tested once per week as per the notice’s which will
state day and time. The fire assembly point is situated at the front of the building and clearly marked with a sign. All employees are to sign in and out as appropriate on the on the staff list on the notice board and to also ensure that any visitors whom they are assisting are also signed in and out.
2.13 Visitors to our works premises must sign in before admittance and must be accompanied in the work shop at all times, hi vis vests are provided and must be worn by guests in the work shop area, see section 2.3 for the provision for replacement / restocking.
Mrs P Hartley
Mrs P Hartley
MRS P HARTLEY
BILL MOORE (LIFTING TACKLE) LIMITED