Health and Safety Policy
1.0 Policy Statement
5.0 Company Policies and Assessments
6.0 Health & Safety Guidelines
1.0 Health and Safety Policy Statement
The Directors of DIAL Electrical Services Ltd, consider that the Health and Safety of their employees is of utmost importance to the company achieving continuing high standards in its activities. The company will therefore undertake its activities in such a manner that all reasonable precautions are taken to prevent injury and maintain a healthy environment for its workforce and any other person who may be affected by its work.
Every employee of DIAL Electrical Services Ltd has a role to play in ensuring that these aims are achieved, by acting with due regard for their own and others health and safety. Likewise, sub-contractors will be expected to perform in a similar manner such that their own health and safety policy and that of DIAL Electrical Services Ltd is not jeopardised. For their part DIAL Electrical Services Ltd will provide the resources to achieve this aim, so far as is reasonably practicable.
DIAL Electrical Services Ltd will at all times endeavour to comply with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and those Acts and Regulations applicable to its activities. Every effort will be made to set standards that are the highest achievable consistent with efficiency and technical excellence.
This policy will be regularly monitored to ensure that the objectives are achieved. It will be reviewed and, if necessary, revised in the light of legislative or organisational changes.
A director is responsible locally for the Health and Safety of those based at, and working from our office. The Director responsible for health and safety will in turn keep the Board of Directors informed on such matters as require their attention.
The Director will maintain the day to day standards of health and safety by the provision of such tools, equipment and supervision as are necessary to ensure the health and safety of our staff. All employees will have access to advice and the assistance of the Health and Safety Advisers. Directors will in general terms maintain a health and safety supervisory role of site work by advising site staff in working practices.
It must be recognised that safety is the responsibility of all employees and the role of the safety advisors is to act as the competent persons providing the expertise and support necessary to enable each employee to carry out his responsibilities with regards to occupational health and safety.
3.1 Health and Safety Director
The Board of Directors have nominated a director who has special responsibilities for health and safety. All changes of policy or procedures will be notified to the Health and Safety Director who will bring the matters which require their attention to the Board of Directors. The Health and Safety Director will report periodically to the Board on aspects of health and safety performance.
3.2 Director/Branch manager
The Director will ensure that all accepted contracts can be carried out without risks to the health and safety of Company employees and any other persons who may be associated with the work. He will assess the training needs of persons under his control and ensure that health and safety protective equipment is available as necessary. In addition he will ensure that the periodic inspection of tools and equipment, supervision of work and the monitoring of health and safety standards applicable to contract work and within the offices under his control are in compliance with the Company Health and Safety Policy.
3.3 Site health and Safety Supervision
Site health and safety supervision will be undertaken by contract management implementing the Company Health and Safety Policy. Contract management will be given training in all aspects of health and safety to enable them to carry out their duties. Site supervisors and foremen will also be provided with health and safety training to enable them to undertake their work without risks to those working for them or others who may be affected by the work.
3.4 All Employees and Sub-contract Labour
All employees and sub-contract labour will undertake their work with due regard for the health and safety of themselves and others and will conform to the company Health and Safety Policy.
No work should be undertaken that endangers the health or safety of those doing the work or anyone else who may be affected. In any case of doubt as to the safe procedure to be followed, the immediate supervisor should be consulted.
Failure to co-operate by company personnel in matters of health and safety may result in disciplinary action.
3.5 Agency Labour
Agency labour will only be sourced from suppliers who are on the Company's approved list. Such agencies will be regularly assessed to ensure that the operatives provided are adequately trained and provided with tools and equipment necessary for the work intended and in compliance with legal requirements.
All sub-contractors will be competent and comply with the Company Health and Safety Policy and are expected to know the standards of health and safety applicable to their work. At all times they should ensure that their work is conducted so that it complies with legal standards for safe methods of work and which are without risks to health. Detailed guidance on working procedures is available on request to contract management or the Health and Safety Department.
Sub contractors not undertaking their work in a safe and healthy manner may be removed from site. Further general guidelines applicable to all persons who work for the Company are given in Section 6.
The Company will provide to the employer of externally sourced sub contract labour health and safety information relevant to the works to be carried out.. The employer is required by law to ensure that his employees are given this information before they commence work on site.
4.1 Health and Safety Manual
The Company will maintain a Health and Safety Manual for the information of persons who organise site work. The topics covered are listed in the index to the manual. In any case of doubt as to the proper procedure or legal requirements for particular situations the manual should be consulted. If further information is required then the Health and Safety advisers should be consulted.
4.2 Use of Substances
The Company will ensure that information on substances hazardous to health is available at all times. The COSHH management system contains relevant assessments of all COSHH registered substances. The assessment forms will be made available to any person handling or using the substance.
4.3 Policies and Assessment on Specific Items of Legislation
Where legislation requires that DIAL Electrical Services Ltd set out a policy or assessment, these are stated in Section 5.
The training needs of individuals will be identified by Management. Appropriate training will be provided as necessary. General training requirements will be provided on new technology and procedures as required and as necessitated by changes in legislation.
4.5 Consultation with Employees
The Company has undertaken to consult with employees and safety representatives in compliance with legislation. Full details of the arrangements are contained in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
5.0 Company Policies and Assessments
The Company will maintain independent policies and assessments relative to the hazards that exist with work activities. This section sets out to define the policies adopted by the Company in respect of health and safety legislation currently in existence. Detailed application of these policies is set out in the relevant sections of the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
The Control of Asbestos at Work (Amended) Regulations 2006 require that the Company assess the exposure of its employees to asbestos.
The Company does not permit its employees or sub-contractors to work with asbestos or asbestos products unless adequate measures are taken to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres. No work will be permitted on low density asbestos materials to which the Asbestos licensing requirements apply. All work on other asbestos materials will be approved by a member of the Health and Safety Department and subject to a written detailed method statement.
Application of Policy
Excluding asbestos insulation the following are typical asbestos products:- asbestos cement products, electric storage heaters, packing, gaskets and hidden insulation materials. The detailed procedures for handling such matters are given in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual. In all cases a cautionary policy is followed in order to ensure that exposure is the minimum possible, but this requires a constant vigilance by all employees and sub-contractors. All exposures are to be recorded and a copy kept by the Health and Safety Department.
Assessment of Exposures
The policies are procedures which when followed will result in exposures which are unlikely to affect the health of employees.
5.2 Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
All substances to which employees of DIAL Electrical Services Ltd are exposed will be assessed. Those which are classified as harmful to health under the Chemical Hazard Information and Packaging Regulations (CHIP) and any processes which expose employees of DIAL Electrical Services Ltd to a substance which presents a hazard to the health or safety of those handling or using it will be assessed or will be replaced by safer substitutes. Where a safer substitute is not available then the system for handling will be arranged so as to reduce the risk so far as is reasonably practicable.
Application of Policy
Details of substances and their assessments are available in the COSHH management system. Assessments will be provided and maintained on site at all times for substances to be used. Where the use varies from that described in the assessment, then a separate assessment must be made. Additional information is contained within the Company's Health and Safety Manual.
Before any hazardous substances are used during a work process, a material safety data sheet (MSDS) will be requested from the supplier and an appropriate assessment made of the risks from that substance will be undertaken by the Health and Safety Co-ordinator / Representative, in line with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH). Alternative less harmful substances will be used wherever possible.
Assessments will consider storage, handling, aspects of use, exposure, PPE requirements, workers health, and emergency actions. Supervisors will brief staff on any hazard or substance precautions, with written records being located in an accessible location within each department. An inventory of all substances and materials hazardous to health is held at head office.
The Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 require the Company to assess the likely exposure of its employees to lead.
The Company does not intend that its employees, nor anyone associated with its employees and their work will be adversely affected by the use of.
Application of Policy
Work with lead is predominantly with sheet lead, lead ingots, solders and a few articles and substances containing lead. It is recognised that there is possible exposure when removing existing lead and when providing new lead installations. The detailed procedures for handling such matters are given in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual. In all cases a cautionary policy is followed in order to ensure that exposure is the minimum possible, but this requires a constant vigilance by all employees and sub-contractors. The hygiene standards set down in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual will be maintained and all medical monitoring will be recorded and a copy kept by the Health and Safety Department.
Assessment of Exposure
Provided that the precautions outlined are taken, it is considered that the likely absorption of lead will not result in a blood lead concentration exceeding 40ug/100ml.
5.4 Assessment of Work Places and Activities
In accordance with the requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Directors will ensure that risk assessments of the workplace and work activities are undertaken.
Application of Policy
Every work activity will be assessed by a competent person and the result of the assessment recorded. Further guidance can be found in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Risk Management Manual.
5.5 Display Screen Equipment
DIAL Electrical Services Ltd will comply with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992.
Application of Policy
Information to enable the assessment of work stations is provided in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual. Work stations will be assessed by trained members of staff using the guidance provided. New workstations provided will meet the requirements of the regulations and all significant users of display screen equipment will be entitled to eye tests and the provision of essential visual correction devices.
5.6 Personal Protective Equipment
DIAL Electrical Services Ltd will comply with the requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 for employees of the Company and ensure that non employees working for the Company are properly equipped before they commence work.
Application of Policy
Details of requirements for personal protective equipment, its selection and use, are given in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual. Where possible, systems of work will be selected which avoid the use of personal protective equipment.
5.7 Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare
DIAL Electrical Services Ltd will comply with the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1999 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. The Company will make provision for the health, safety and welfare of employees at all work places appropriate to the activity, number of employees and type of premise.
Application of Policy
All workplaces will be provided with adequate health and welfare facilities appropriate to staff numbers and the type of premise. Detailed guidance is provided in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
5.8 Manual Handling
The Company will comply with the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, having regard for the variable nature of the Company work sites. Manual handling will be avoided if at all possible by the use of mechanical aids or alternative materials and techniques. Information is provided in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual on lifting techniques, weights of common materials and methods of avoiding manual handling. Those persons in charge of work activities will ensure that work is organised so as to prevent unnecessary manual handling.
Application of Policy
Information will be provided in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual on lifting techniques, common weights of components and materials, and means to avoid manual handling. Those in charge of others must ensure that work is organised so as to avoid unnecessary manual handling so far as is reasonably practicable.
The Company will ensure that an assessment is made, and work is organised in order to avoid unnecessary manual handling, but where manual handling is necessary, that it can be undertaken without risk of injury.
5.9 Work Equipment
All work equipment used by the Company will meet the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
In order to safeguard employees using certain types of equipment in the course of their duties, the Company will arrange for regular examinations and tests to be carried out on such equipment at least as frequently as stipulated in the relevant statutory requirement. The Company will also ensure that these inspections are carried out by a competent person who is experienced in the use and examination of such equipment.
Application of Policy
New work equipment will be selected to comply with the requirements of these Regulations and existing equipment will be gradually replaced. All equipment will be maintained in a safe working condition. Periodic inspection carried out in accordance with Manufacturer information and instructions by supervisory staff will ensure that faulty equipment is identified and taken out of service or repaired. Training will be given in the use of equipment subject to a risk assessment.
Hired equipment will be obtained only from suppliers who maintain standards for their equipment in compliance with these Regulations. Initial supply of such equipment will be subject to inspection and rejected if found to be faulty.
The Company will:-
Ensure that tests and examinations of all listed equipment are undertaken before the equipment is taken into use. List all items of equipment requiring a statutory inspection with details of inspection intervals, Nominate a person to be responsible for arranging the inspection and keeping the records of inspection, Ensure that all listed equipment is inspected at the required intervals by a competent person, take steps to ensure that the equipment is in a safe condition to be inspected liaise with the competent person. Following inspection and issue of the report, deal with all defects listed in the report, attending immediately to all significant defects. Keep records of inspections and thorough examinations.
5.10 Fire and Emergency Procedures
Fire and Emergency procedures appropriate to all sites and premises where persons employed by the Company are at work will be provided in accordance with statutory requirements.
Application of Policy
Fire fighting equipment will be provided and maintained for all premises operated by the Company in accordance with Fire Regulations and fire assessments. In addition, all hot working will be accompanied by fire fighting equipment.
Emergency procedures exist for all branch offices. All sites will liaise with clients to ensure that there is an agreed emergency policy which covers both directly employed persons working for the Company and any sub-contractors. Emergency procedures will be tested periodically in accordance with codes of practice and the guidance given in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
5.11 Electricity at Work
All electrical systems used by DIAL Electrical Services Ltd will be maintained in a safe working condition in compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. The appropriate practical requirements of the lEE Wiring Regulations will be applied to all appropriate installations as a basis for compliance with the statutory requirements.
Application of Policy
Advice on the application of the legislation and guidance is contained in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
All fixed systems in Company premises will be periodically tested in accordance with the lEE Wiring Regulations. All portable appliances will be listed and tested periodically dependent on their use and conditions of service. Portable appliances in offices will be tested at least every 2 years, portable appliances on sites will be tested subject to intended use but at least annually. Details of recommendations for testing are given in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
5.12 Noise and Vibration
The Company will take steps to ensure that employees are not exposed to levels of noise or vibration likely to adversely affect their health so far as is reasonably practicable.
Application of Policy
Environments in which Company employees work will be assessed for noise hazards. Where these are static sources of noise which exceed 9OdB(A) these will be clearly indicated and hearing protection of an appropriate type will be made available. Where transient exposures can be anticipated assessments will be made and appropriate measures taken to avoid any hazard. Further guidance is available in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
Exposure to excessive vibration will be avoided, so far as is reasonably practicable, by the appropriate selection of tools and processes with low vibration characteristics. Where there is a residual risk, PPE or work sharing techniques will be applied.
Company employees should not be exposed to harmful levels of noise or vibration if this policy is followed. There is a need for individuals to recognise the potential harm that exposures to high levels of noise and vibration cause and take steps to avoid such exposures.
5.13 The Environment
The Company maintains an Environmental Policy together with the procedures for dealing with waste management. Details are available in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
Construction (Design And Management) Regulations 2007
The Company will assess the implications of all work to which the regulations are applicable. When the Company is employed as the principal contractor, a Health and Safety Plan will be developed from that initiated by the Planning Supervisor. All work will be undertaken according to the agreed Health and Safety Plan to include compliance with our statutory duties. The Health and Safety Plan will be reviewed and modified as necessary as work progresses.
When the Company is employed as a contractor, as defined in the Regulations, we will assist the Principal Contractor by providing reasonable information needed to prepare the Health and Safety Plan. All work will be undertaken according to the Plan and will include compliance with our statutory duties. Design work will be undertaken in compliance with Regulation 13. Proposals for the Company to act as Planning Supervisor will be assessed by a Director.
5.15 Company Vehicles
The Company provides and maintains vehicles for appropriate personnel. All such vehicles are given into the safe custody of a responsible person who is expected to use and maintain the vehicle in accordance with legal requirements and Company Policy. Periodic checks will be made by supervision to ensure users comply with this company policy and guidance is provided in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
5.16 Substance Abuse
The use, possession and/or distribution of alcohol or unprescribed drugs on company or clients’ premises is strictly prohibited. This includes reporting for work whilst under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other substance (including solvents or solvent based substances) and/or allowing to work or working with any employee who it is believed is in breach of the policy. Failure to comply with this policy will result in disciplinary action being taken which could include dismissal.
Employees who carry out work under the control, instruction or direction of a client and/or who are based on client's sites are required to fully comply with any specific rules or policies which the client operates in respect of possession/use of alcohol and drugs.
5.17 First Aid
The Company will train its personnel in first aid to appointed person and first-aider standards as appropriate. Full details of the policy are given in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
5.18 Lone Working
The Company will ensure that employees and self employed contractors who are required to work alone or unsupervised for significant periods of time are protected from risks to their health and safety. Measures will also be adopted to protect anyone else affected by solitary working.
Solitary working exposes employees and others to certain hazard. The Company's intention is either to entirely remove the risks from these hazards or where complete elimination is not possible to reduce them to an acceptable level.
Application of Policy
Assessments of the risks of working alone will be carried out and will confirm whether the work can actually be done safely by one unaccompanied person. Particular consideration will be given to the remoteness or isolation of workplaces, any problems of communication, the possibility of interference such as violence or criminal activity from other persons and the nature of injury or damage to health and anticipated "worst case" scenario.
All lone working operations will be adequately organised, controlled and monitored. Further guidance is provided in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
5.19 Women Employees
The Company is aware of the statutory requirements imposed on and relating to work undertaken by women and will comply with these requirements. Women will be given all the information, instruction and training necessary to enable them to work safely and without risks to their health.
Application of Policy
The Company will take all reasonable steps to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of new and expectant mothers and of their unborn children. The Company undertakes to assess all risks to new or expectant mothers arising from their work activities and to take appropriate preventative or control measures. Relevant training will be provided in identifying risks and implements controls. The Company undertakes to regularly monitor the work undertaken by new or expectant mothers especially during the development of pregnancy on order to continually assess the individual's ability to work safely and without risk.
Not withstanding the content of the foregoing paragraphs, it is the intention of the Company that it will at all times comply with legal requirements to safeguard the Health and Safety of its employees, so far as is reasonably practicable.
6.0 Health and Safety - Guidelines
All persons and sub-contractors who work for the Company are required to comply with the laws of the United Kingdom and the Company Health and Safety Policy.
For the purposes of Health and Safety, the primary requirement is compliance with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Where more specific legislation is applicable then work must be organised so as to comply with such legislation.
The following guidelines are not a substitute for compliance with statutory requirements. They are applicable to all places of work under the control of the Company and to all persons at work whether they are employees, labour only sub-contractors or other non-employees, unless other equally suitable guidelines are published or notified by the client or his representative.
In any case of doubt as to a safe system of work the matter must be discussed with management.
6.1 Conditions of Work
All persons and sub-contractors will be provided with a copy of the Company Health and Safety Policy together with these guidelines.
All sub-contractors will provide on request when tendering, or at such other time on request, a copy of their own Health and Safety Policy together with the organisation and arrangements currently in being to comply with their policy. Alternatively or additionally, a copy of a 'Method Statement' specifying in detail the work and systems of work to be followed for a particular job may be acceptable. All work must be assessed in accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Sub-contractors must supervise their own employees adequately to ensure that their health and safety is not at risk and that their work does not put anyone else at risk. Where appropriate their work methods will be assessed against relevant legislation, approved codes of practice and any other guidance published by authoritative bodies. Sub-contractors who work in an unsafe manner may be asked to leave site and their contract will be terminated.
6.2 Commencement of Operations - First Visits to Site
Unless otherwise advised, all persons and sub-contractors must report firstly to the site management. Site induction will take place for all persons new to a site.
6.3 General Site Safety
All persons and sub-contractors must be familiar with and comply with any site safety rules whether specified by the client or DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Management.
6.4 Fire Precautions
All persons and sub-contractors should make themselves aware of emergency procedures. Special attention being given to the location of fire extinguishers, emergency means of escape and fire alarm locations. All highly flammable substances should be stored correctly.
No burning of rubbish and waste materials should take place within 30m of buildings, flammable stores etc. Such fires must be under the control of a responsible person and notified beforehand to DIAL Electrical Services Ltd or site management.
Fixed scaffolding provided by site management is available for the use of sub-contractors unless specifically instructed that it is out of use for alteration or repairs, etc, but must be inspected by a competent person before use. Notices specifying that a scaffold is out of use or not complete will be clearly posted. Such notices must be complied with.
Any fixed scaffold provided by a contractor must be erected by a company that is a member of the National Association of Scaffolding contractors and constructed in accordance with BS5973 and comply in all respects with The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. Scaffold handover certificates and inspection reports must be made available on request of DIAL Electrical Services Ltd management. Scaffold inspections must be carried out at least once in every 7 days by a competent person. Forms of inspection must comply with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
Mobile scaffolds must be constructed either in accordance with BS5973 or BS1139, Part 3 or equivalent standards. Use of the scaffold must comply with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and Health and Safety Executive Guidance Note GS42. A copy of the erection procedure must be kept on site for reference purposes.
6.6 Safe Means of Access/Work
All walkways and work access routes must be kept clear at all times except where work necessarily obstructs them. In this case provision of alternative access must be made by consultation with the principal/main contractor or DIAL Electrical Services Ltd site management. Materials and waste must be kept tidy and not obstruct access routes.
An assessment must be made to provide a suitable safe working platform with safe access. Ladders are to be tied at the top or secured in such a manner as to prevent displacement. They must be suitable for the work to be undertaken.
Openings in floors, at excavations, in scaffolds, walls etc, which are created in the course of the work must be barriered off as soon as possible especially where there is potential for a person to fall and injure themselves.
6.7 Excavations etc
Excavation work must not commence until underground services have been positively located. Even if no services are identified, excavation should proceed with caution.
Any excavation, however deep, must be fenced or protected to prevent persons falling in. If the excavation is in a public place lighting must be provided at night. No excavation should take place in a road unless the contractor is accredited.
Every excavation must be assessed for safety and where persons have to enter to do work or where there is any risk of dislodgement or collapse of the sides, must be supported or otherwise battered back to prevent collapse. Excavated soil should be deposited away from the sides of all excavations. All excavations requiring support as required by Construction (Design and Management Regulations 2007)
6.8 Confined Spaces - Tanks, Boilers, Sewers etc
A confined space is defined as a restricted area which may contain a dangerous atmosphere incapable of sustaining human life without special precautions or presents some other hazard. A fuller description is given in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
Consideration by contract management in consultation with the Health and Safety manager or adviser must be given to any work in a confined space. Where lack of oxygen or toxic gases could exist, entry must not take place until the air has been sampled. If a lack of oxygen or toxic gases are found to be present the place must be made safe by ventilation or airline or self contained breathing apparatus must be worn. In all cases a permit to work will be prepared and adequate training provided for the use of breathing apparatus. In all cases, the Confined Spaces Regulations 1997 must be complied with.
6.9 Electrical Work and Supplies
All electrical apparatus used on site should be of the low voltage battery or 110V centre tapped earth type. Where this is not possible, supply cables should be heavily sheathed, armoured or otherwise protected. Sheathes and terminations should be maintained in good repair. Any supply at 240V should be fitted with an earth current leakage breaker set to operate at 30mA in 30mS.
6.10 Machinery and Plant
All machinery and plant must be safeguarded in accordance with statutory requirements. Any equipment hired by sub-contractors is the responsibility of that sub-contractor, who will be expected to ensure that guards and other safety devices are fully operational. Additional information is to be found in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
6.11 Lifting Operations
All lifting operations are subject to requirements of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.. You must ensure:
- Every lifting operation involving lifting equipment is planned by
a competent person.
- The weight of the load is accurately known.
- The working conditions are within the safe operating capability
of the lifting machine.
- There are no overhead cables or other obstructions.
- The lifting operation is properly supervised by a competent person.
- Safe work procedures (method statements) have been drawn up,
are available and implemented.
- Current Certificates of Thorough Examinations and Inspections
are readily available at the site of operation
6.12 Lifting Tackle
Lifting tackle must be supplied by reputable companies and be provided with test certificates. Thorough examination reports will be required at intervals not exceeding 6 months or before each use if used at intervals exceeding 6 months. Such reports must be kept available, preferably on site, for inspection by DIAL Electrical Services Ltd management on request.
6.13 First Aid and Incident Reporting
DIAL Electrical Services Ltd will ensure that a suitable level of first aid provision is available at all workplaces under the control of the Company. For small sites and offices, an appointed person and first aid kit will be maintained. At larger sites, fully trained first aiders will be maintained.
All incidents must be reported to the Director responsible promptly. The DIAL Electrical Services Ltd incident form must be completed for all incidents, however minor, and a copy retained on site. Copies, as indicated on the forms, must be supplied to the branch office responsible by the Company supervisor for the site. In the case of serious injury or death of an employee, or a sub-contractor working for the Company, the facts must be reported to the Director or other branch staff within the hour. Anyone taken to hospital must be accompanied and regular reports on the condition of the injured person must be telephoned to the branch office. Further details are given in the DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Health and Safety Manual.
All persons at work must be aware of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). Unless otherwise advised, incidents reportable to the Health and Safety Executive or Local Authority are the responsibility of the person's employer, or in the case of a self employed person, the person in control of the premises. All reportable incidents must be notified on form F2508, sent to the appropriate Authority. A copy should be held by DIAL Electrical Services Ltd Management and the main/principal contractor (if any). Copies of all reports must be forwarded as quickly as possible to the Health and Safety Manager by branch office staff. The Health and Safety Department will investigate all fatal and serious injuries, and measures must be taken to prevent any repetition of the incident.
6.14 Personal Protective Equipment
Safety helmets must be worn on all construction sites except where the person in control of the site deems that there is no risk of injury to the head. If the place of work does not require the wearing of safety helmets but there are places on the site where helmets must be worn, each person must ensure that he keeps his safety helmet with him and wears it whenever there is any risk of injury to the head. Only such groups as are excluded by law are excused this requirement.
All forms of protective equipment (eye, face, body or hand protection etc.) must be supplied by the employer and worn as necessary. Sub-contractors and employers of non-employees are advised to ensure their employees wear substantial or safety footwear and have access to any other protective clothing likely to be required.
6.15 General Housekeeping
All persons and sub-contractors must carry out work in a clean and orderly manner and ensure the welfare facilities are used properly. All waste materials must be cleared at least daily to skips or collection areas.
6.16 Buried Services - Electric Cables, Gas Pipes, Water Pipes and Telephone Cables
Before any excavation is undertaken by employees or any contractor working for the Company, plans must be obtained of the buried services. If there is any doubt as to the location or presence of such services, locators assisted by hand digging must be used to locate the services. They should then be clearly marked by posts or similar. In any case of doubt the relevant undertaking must be contacted.
Equipment and methods of work should ensure that noise levels are kept to a minimum and preferably below 90dB(A). Where this is not likely to be possible, prior notice should be given to site management. Adequate provision should be made to provide hearing protection where required.
6.18 Hazardous Substances - Chemicals, etc
Use of any hazardous substance (flammable, toxic, irritant, corrosive, explosive etc) must be notified to DIAL Electrical Services Ltd management. Special precautions will have to be taken if any asbestos is exposed in the course of the work and if significant lead work is envisaged. This will be controlled in line with the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 Use of ionising substances - site radiography etc must be agreed beforehand with site management.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations require employers, and the self employed, to have assessed the hazards of any substance used or formed during the work. All sub-contractors should have sufficient information available to justify any written or verbal assessment made. In general this will be by supplier's data sheets and such other information as is necessary. All containers must be clearly labelled as to their contents.
6.19 Other Hazards
All other hazards must be treated in accordance with the law and other recognised safe working procedures.