HEALTH & SAFETY PLAN
HEALTH & SAFETY PLAN
HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY
The Contractor’s vision is everyone going home safe and healthy every day which extends to our employees, sub-contractors and suppliers. The Contractor is exposed to activities with varying levels of risk. The Contractor’s policy includes ensuring that risks are minimized, when Contractor is engaged, by diligent application of proven standards of risk management policies, work processes, systems, and procedures which fully integrate health and safety evaluation, planning and design. Contractor requires all employees and sub-contractors to commit to and abide by these standards to maintain superior levels of health, and safety performance.
The Contractor’s senior management demonstrate their sustained commitment to this policy in a visible and vigorous manner through enforcing the written mission statement and project objectives.
OCCUPATIONAL RISK PREVENTION POLICY
One of our main objectives that constitute a fundamental role in all our activities is occupational risk prevention, as this affects the health and safety of all workers.
As an organisation we always keep in mind the following principles in our work activities:
- Occupational risk prevention is a basic activity, which in no case shall be overridden by any other requirement whatsoever. We must all participate in this task together: government, companies and workers.
- We must incorporate aspects related to occupational risk prevention into our activities, with a view to fulfilling the requirements enforced by legal regulations and which must be fully assumed by all of us.
- We must plan, organize, coordinate and establish a monitoring system for occupational risk prevention in all our work centres, as an integral part of general planning, in accordance with prevailing legislation.
- We must evaluate risk in all our work centres. In particular, the mandatory Health and Safety Plan must be available and properly enforced on all work sites.
- Prior to commencing work at each work centre, we must analyse the occupational risk prevention policy and apply it efficiently to eliminate accidents.
- The Prevention Service must be available at all times to provide advice, answer any questions and collaborate in developing the program set up.
- A high level of occupational risk prevention is an undeniable seal of quality for a company’s image; it represents yet another reason for everyone to make a concentrated effort to reach this objective.
A comprehensive Health and Safety Plan will be developed to promote a safe work environment and will include the following general topics:
Construction Quality Plan
Safety orientation during the hiring process, including:
a) Drug and alcohol testing requirements;
b) Outline policy for qualification to drive company vehicle;
c) Outline Hazard Communications program;
d) Review standard safety rules, Employee Handbook and Safety Orientation information;
e) Outline requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE);
f) Outline project-wide safety policy commitment;
g) Outline injury reporting significance and basic procedure.
h) Each subcontractor will provide a Health and Safety Manager who will monitor and train its employees under the supervision of the Contractor SHE Officer.
Safety meetings are to be conducted to promote the discussion of health and safety issues, preparation for the start of new construction activities, new safety techniques and methods and changing work conditions. Examples of these meetings are:
a) Monthly Supervisors Safety Meetings conducted by the SHE Officer.
b) Weekly Toolbox Safety Meetings conducted by the SHE Officer, Site Agent and/or General Foreman.
c) Daily safety meetings, as required by changing conditions or activities, conducted by both the General Foreman and the craft foremen.
A Hazard Analysis will be required prior to the start of any operation. The craft General Foreman will assist foremen in preparing the analysis. Other supervisors and craft personnel will be asked and encouraged to contribute ideas.
A Safety Task Assessment (STA) will be developed prior to the start of any task by every crew and will be facilitated by the supervisor or his designee. The input of everyone on the crew should be encouraged and solicited. The STA should define what the task is, how it is going to be done, identify any hazards associated with each step in the task, and any and all resources needed to accomplish the task safely. Steps will then be taken to either eliminate the hazard or reduce the exposure to the hazard to acceptable levels. The supervisor should ensure that any hazards present and the preventive measures are explained and understood by each employee involved in the task.
The Contractor will ensure that the organisation:
- Trains all employees in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental issues so as to
- Ensure competence in the workplace
- Raise awareness of potential hazards and risks associated with their works
- Raise awareness of their work scope of authority in terms of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental control.
- Provide induction of all employees prior to engaging them on site
- Provide tool box talks every morning to sensitise employees on their responsibilities in regards to actions they take during the course of their works
- Enforce Health, Safety and Environmental measures with discipline in the workplace.
- Protect the public and persons other than Company employees from Health and Safety hazards associated with the construction work.
- The management of the company will be responsible for achieving all these ideals and will delegate all power to the SHE Officer to ensure that compliance with the requirements of governmental stakeholders are met and enforced.
- Specific duties will further be delegated to Company personnel with the aim of managing Health, Safety and Environmental procedures.
- All employees are further tasked to take reasonable responsibility for their own Health and Safety and of other persons who may be affected by their acts of omissions.
- The commitment of the Management and Employees to these objectives will ensure high standards of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental control.
Of particular relevance to this project is the work zone safety. A high standard of safety and control measures will be required 24 hours a day to ensure that residents and plot owners are not affected by the construction works. To this end a clearly defined specific method statements and training of all site staff will be prepared and implemented to achieve this goal. Public announcements will be coordinated regularly with the Client’s cooperation to solicit public awareness, patience and cooperation when working on the site.
A community liaison officer will also be employed from within the local community and will be delegated responsibility for coordinating and raising awareness in advance of all excavations and road works in regards to access and safety of the community at large.The Contractor Health and Safety Plan will include a medical treatment case management protocol covering four (4) key points, with the goal being the provision of the best medical treatment to the injured employee:
a) First Aid
b) Emergency Response
c) Medical Intervention