HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY
AIM OF POLICY
This is a statement of policy by White Knight Recruitment Ltd of its intentions, organisation and arrangement for ensuring the health and safety of its employees and visitors whilst working in our offices.
White Knight Recruitment’s policy is to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of its employees while they are at work and of others who may be affected by their undertakings. White Knight Recruitment Ltd recognises its duty to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
In order to achieve compliance with the statement of the policy, White Knight Recruitment has set the following objectives:
- To set and maintain high standards for health and safety in its offices
- To identity risks and set in place programmes to remove or reduce these risks
- To ensure that these standards are communicated to all employees
- To monitor its operation at each office.
To ensure the welfare of all staff, the avoidance of accidents, and the promotion of safe workplaces, the following responsibilities have been established.
The Directors are responsible for:
- Keeping the Company Health and Safety Policy under review and ensuring that it is revised as and when necessary
- Monitoring the policy’s implementation, and setting targets or objectives where appropriate
- Ensuring that the relevant resources are made available to enable the policy to be implemented.
The Administrator(s) is the nominated Competent Person and is responsible for:
- Day to day implementation of the Health and Safety Policy
- Communicating the Company policy on all health and safety matters within the work area
- Encouraging all personnel to be involved in matters of health and safety
- Ensuring that all new staff are properly informed, including being given an awareness of all precautions and procedures applicable to the job, along with the emergency procedures (this includes any temporary or agency staff working in the offices)
- Carrying out periodic inspections to identify unsafe equipment, working conditions, practices and fire hazards. Making reports of findings and recommendations regarding the remedying of any defects
- Carrying out risk assessments
- Ensuring that any legal requirement relating to the operation of the company is fully complied with, including (but not limited to)
- Inspection of all fire fighting equipment
- Safe use of electrical switches and circuits
- Provision of first aid equipment
- Arrangements for cleaning and disposal of rubbish etc
- Storage facilities
- Security arrangements
- Display screen equipment use
- Assisting with accident investigation
- Consulting with all staff on all issues of health and safety
- Reporting on progress of the policy to the Directors.
2.3 Individual Responsibilities
All employees are required to:
- Co-operate in implementing the requirements of all Health and Safety legislation, related codes of practice and safety instructions
- Refrain from doing anything which constitutes a danger to themselves or others
- Immediately bring to the attention of their manager any situations or practices that are noted which may lead to injuries or ill health
- Ensure that any equipment issued to them, or for which they are responsible, is correctly used and properly stored
- Be responsible for good housekeeping in the area in which they are working
- Report all accidents, incidents, dangerous occurrences and near misses, on accordance with White Knight Recruitment guidance.
2.4 External Tradespeople and Temporary Workers
All external tradespeople working in the White Knight Recruitment offices are required to comply with the appropriate rules and regulations governing their own work activities. These contractors are legally responsible for their own workforce and for ensuring that their work is carried out in a safe manner. Temporary workers fall under the same regulations as permanent staff and as such will be given the necessary instructions upon joining the Company.
The name of the person designated with the responsibility for health and safety at each White Knight Recruitment office is to be prominently displayed for the information of all employees.
- Consultation and Training
The Directors are committed to involving employees at all levels in the maintenance of health and safety standards and to provide them with adequate information, instruction and training. External Health and Safety consultants may be used to provide health, safety and occupational advice if required.
- Policy Review
The effectiveness of the general policy statement and other specific policies in use throughout the Company will be regularly reviewed and revised as and when necessary.
HEALTH & SAFETY - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
Good housekeeping and remembering the following points means accidents can be avoided:
- Do not allow cables to trail across the floor.
- Repair or replace worn or torn floor coverings.
- Clear any spillages quickly.
- Make sure that you’re on solid footing. Slipping or twisting while lifting can cause injury.
- Use correct lifting procedure: Keep the back straight, kneel to grasp the object and lift with the legs, not the back.
- While carrying a heavy object, take short steps, maintain a firm centre of balance, don’t attempt to go up or down stairs and don’t strain by carrying the load too far. Before lifting, plan in advance your route and where you will put the load down, and know how far you can easily carry the load.
- Never reach high for a heavy load. Call for help before attempting.
- Don’t count on support belts to prevent back injuries. Using belts has not been found to reduce back injuries (Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, December 2000).
- Don’t hurry while lifting and don’t let others hurry you. Think about what you’re doing before starting to lift. Saving a minute or two is not worth a permanent, painful injury to the back.
OWNERSHIP, UPDATES AND QUERY MANAGEMENT
This is White Knight Recruitment’s Health & Safety Policy as at January 2016.
The policy is owned by the Managing Director and Divisional Managers who will field any queries. It is not contractual and is subject to change at the discretion of White Knight Recruitment. Any changes will be appropriately published and communicated. This policy does not form part of your contract of employment unless otherwise stated.