Kingsnorth Waste Management Ltd.

Health And Safety Policy

This Health and Safety policy and statement is made in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act, which requires employers of five or more employees to prepare, and as often as may be appropriate, revise a written statement of the company’s general policy with respect to the health and safety at work of its employees and the organisation and arrangements for the time being in force for carrying out that policy, and bring the above statement any revision of it to the notice of their employees.

At Kingsnorth Waste management Ltd, every employee, customer, contractor, and visitor MUST wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • At Kingsnorth Waste Management Ltd. HEALTH and SAFETY is given the highest priority in every operation. Without question, it is the responsibility of every employee to ensure that HEALTH and SAFETY best practice is followed at all times.
  • Kingsnorth Waste Management Ltd. considers the HEALTH and SAFETY of every employee and visitor to our site to be our highest priority. Management accepts responsibility for providing a safe working environment and employees are expected to take responsibility for performing work in accordance with HEALTH and SAFETY standards and practices.
  • Kingsnorth Waste Management Ltd. understands that HEALTH and SAFETY best practices will only be achieved through teamwork. Therefore, we encourage all our employees to work together in promoting HEALTH and SAFETY and taking every reasonable measure to ensure safe working conditions in the company.

This statement comprises three sections:

  • Statement of Health and Safety Policy
  • Organisation for Health, Safety and Welfare
  • General Health and Safety Arrangements

Each member of staff will be issued with a copy of this statement on the first day of employment. The policy should be read in conjunction with current legislation as shown:

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
  • The provision and use of work equipment regulations
  • The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations
  • The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations
  • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations
  • The Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations
  • The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations
  • The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations

Information about these and other Acts and Regulations are held by the MD and are also available on the HSE website.


Section 1

Statement of Company Policy for Health and Safety at Work Introduction:

The Health and Safety at Work Act (‘the Act’) and other relevant statutory provisions require that the Company ensures, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all their employees and anyone else who may be affected by the Company’s activities.

Aims:

The aims of this statement are:

  • To confirm that the Company intends to carry out their responsibilities under the requirements of the Act
  • To outline the Company’s organisation for Health, Safety and Welfare of employees and others.
  • To outline the Company’s arrangement for Health, Safety and Welfare of employees and others.

The Company’s Commitment:

The company accepts the responsibility placed upon it by the Act and intends to do all that is reasonably practicable to safeguard the health and safety of all its employees and anyone else that may be affected by the company’s activities. Awareness and co-operation from all employees is essential for effective operation of a Health and Safety at Work policy, hence the Company intends to provide instruction, training and supervision to enable everyone to work safely. The company also encourages communication and contribution from all employees on Health and Safety matters.

Organisation for Health, Safety and Welfare:

The Managing Director, who takes final responsibility for all Health, Safety and Welfare matters, delegates responsibility and authority for running the Company’s Health and Safety at Work procedures to all other Managers and Supervisors as required to ensure compliance by all who may be affected. Further details are covered in Section 2 – Organisation for Health, Safety and Welfare.

General Arrangements for Health Safety and Welfare:

These are covered in detail in Section 3 – General Arrangements for Health, Safety and Welfare. The company will co-operate with other tenants of Kingsnorth Industrial Estate in matters relating to Health, Safety and Welfare and will arrange joint consultations with these and other parties as appropriate.

Employee’s Responsibilities:

All members of staff must know and carry out their own duties in line with sections 7 & 8 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. Briefly these are:

  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others that may be affected by their activities at work.
  • To co-operate with the Managing Director and other delegated staff in ensuring that the requirements of the act are observed.
  • To ensure that anything provided in the interests of Health, Safety and Welfare is not abused.

Breaches of any arrangements, rules or instructions for Health, Safety and Welfare are regarded seriously and may lead to disciplinary action in accordance with the Company’s disciplinary policy and procedures.


Section 2

Organisation for Health, Safety and Welfare Managing Director

The MD takes final responsibility for all Health, Safety and Welfare matters. To enable procedures to operate, the MD’s authority for implementing the Health, Safety and Welfare policy is delegated to all other managers and supervisors.

Managers and Supervisors

All designated managers and supervisors has authority and responsibility for ensuring that all operations within their scope of activity are performed with due regard for good principles of Health, Safety and Welfare and for ensuring the observance of specific Health, Safety and Welfare rules by employees and others that may be affected by the company’s activities including customers and visitors to the site. Manager and supervisors also have authority and buy responsibility to instruct and train staff in risk assessment and management procedures as necessary.

Risk Assessments

Current relevant statutory provisions require employers to identify the hazards that exist in the workplace and assess the risks from them. Managers and supervisors are responsible for ensuring that the hazards under their control are identified, the risks recognised, assessed and controlled or eliminated. When risks are identified the MD’s advice should be sought for an adequate assessment of the risk and advice about control measures.

Dealing with contractors

The MD has special responsibility and authority for ensuring that contractors and sub-contractors, who carry out work for the Company, work safely and within the guidelines set by current Health and Safety Regulations. Where a contract is awarded, however informally, the Contractor must be issued with a current copy of the document entitled “Safety procedures for contractors and sub contractors” and must sign and return the appropriate undertaking page to the MD.

Visitors or Consultants

The host is responsible for the Health, Safety and Welfare of visitors and consultants whilst they are on the company premises. All employees are also tasked to ensure that ad hoc visitors and customers to the site are made aware of the need to observe Health and Safety related rules and practices.

Safety Inspections

In addition to on-going monitoring, regular safety inspections are required to check that all general arrangements in section 3 of this manual are correctly observed in all work areas and are to be carried out via six monthly surveys undertaken by delegated staff and reports of findings delivered back to the MD.

In addition annual risk assessments are to be carried out by the MD in conjunction with other delegated personnel and in consultation with staff. All findings and recommendations are to be communicated with staff.

Accidents

All accidents must be recorded in the Accident Book which is kept with the first aid kit in the kitchen area. Notifiable accidents, ie those which result in injuries such as broken bones, or worse, or more than three days of absence from duty must be the subject of an investigation and reported to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) by the quickest possible means followed by written notification on RIDDOR 95 (Form 2508).

Near Misses

Any incident that could have resulted in damage or injury must be detailed as far as possible in writing and reported as soon as possible to the MD who must decide whether further investigation and reporting is necessary and take action as required.

Training

The MD is responsible for arranging or providing any specific training needs which may arise out of risk assessments together with general health and safety training for managers or staff.

Workplace Health and Safety Information

Information on the health and safety of individuals in the workplace is available to all staff in the policy manual and on notice boards.