Health & Safety Policy
Purpose of policy
1. Deck Joint Ltd (the Employer) takes health and safety issues seriously and is committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff and all those attending our premises. This policy is intended to help the Employer achieve this by clarifying who is responsible for health and safety matters and what those responsibilities are.
2. This is a statement of policy only and does not form part of your contract of employment. This policy may be amended at any time by the Employer in its absolute discretion. Failure to follow this policy will always lead to disciplinary action.
P. P. E (Personal Protection Equipment)
When anywhere in the working area of Deck Joint you must always wear a Hi-Vis vest or jacket. This is to ensure everyone is easily noticed when passing and it helps to avoid some accidents. Any staff operating in the working areas of the factory MUST ensure that they are always wearing the correct PPE. This will include Safety Boots (with steel toe caps), Ear Protection (Ear Plugs or Ear Defenders) and Gloves. Where needed safety glasses should also be used to avoid any eye damage from debris.
Machines – Safe Working
Every member of staff at Deck Joint will be given periodic training on all systems, machines and tools. The first training will be done within the first week of employment. It will then be reviewed and refreshed every six months. During this training, each employee will then be given a sheet to fill in. they will sign each section of the form to confirm they have been given sufficient training and that they fully understand what they have learned. This means that everyone can be confident in what every other operative has been trained in and that they know the correct and safe procedures to follow. Because this will ensure every operative has received the same training, other operatives working in close proximity will be aware of what dangers could happen and they will be able to plan and avoid accordingly. If any staff are found to be operating outside of the safe working procedures disciplinary action will be taken immediately.
Working Areas – Office and Factory
Due to the traffic of forklift trucks, pump trucks, pallet and material transport / movement and vehicles, Deck Joint has marked out clear walk ways for any pedestrians. Deck Joint has also marked out the working areas so that it is clear and everyone in the area is aware that these are danger zones. To ensure everyone’s safety, each person needs to be aware of the different areas. When moving round the factory, all staff must keep to the marked walk-ways where possible. No products, pallets or materials should be left any part of the walk-ways. All products and materials should be kept in close proximity of marked working areas. All office staff and any visitors must wear at least a hi-vis vest when entering the factory for any reason or any length of time. Warning signs are clearly visible before entering to remind any persons. Any staff found not following these safety rules will have disciplinary action brought against them.
Press Brake – Tooling
Press brakes are heavy machinery. Even the tooling can be heavy and cumbersome. This makes it a dangerous item to manoeuvre, maintain and change. Deck Joint has a strict procedure to make sure that any action regarding a press brake is done so safely and controlled to minimise the change or injury or damage. Under no circumstances should any tooling on a press brake be changed by one person on their own without another to help and supervise. The bottom tooling must always be taken out first. Where possible the machine should be turned off at the power isolator to avoid the top beam suddenly dropping. If this is not practical then the foot pedestal should be moved to the side of the machine, completely clear of any operatives and their movements. When removing the tooling it MUST always be gripped by the side and ends. It must never be gripped at the top of the tooling over the V-Section.
Loading / Unloading – Vans / Lorries
Delivery vehicles including vans and lorries will often need to be loaded and unloaded with a forklift truck. When the forklift truck is being used, to ensure a safe working procedure, two people are required. This includes a fork truck driver and another member of staff to help with guidance as visibility can be difficult. The vehicle must always be loaded in a designated area. This area will be safe and clear of any traffic or pedestrians. While loading, any persons near the vicinity must be made aware of the activity and advised of the dangers present. Where possible the loading should area should be marked in some way, weather it is with cones, a barrier or markings on the floor. When the fork truck is loading / unloading, any person nearby must stay at least 2 meters clear to avoid injury in the event of a pallet of products falling. When strapping the load down, it should always be done as tight as possible without damaging the products. Straps should be put as central to the pallet as possible to avoid it coming off / loose during transport. When this is not possible, two straps crossed over will be necessary.
Workers Health & Fitness
Safety is not just about following systems and procedures correctly. The general health and fitness of each employee is just as important and can greatly affect the overall safety of themselves and others around them. Deck Joint has a stringent Drugs & Alcohol policy in place that workers are informed of prior to starting their employment. This will always be followed to ensure the physical safety of themselves and all other staff employed. Working hours will also be closely managed. Fatigue can be very dangerous as it can mean accidents are caused through lack of attention and confusion. This could mean that people are more likely to hurt themselves or others. Managers and supervisors are under strict instructions to deal with any employee showing signs of fatigue / confusion / sickness / substance influence via the appropriate action as detailed in the corresponding policies.
Keeping the work environment clean and tidy is very important to the health & safety of all staff. This refers to areas including the office / factory / outside / canteen. To ensure this, it is every employees responsibility to make sure that all areas are kept clean tidy and organised. This means that the kitchen area must be kept clean, dishes that have been used to be washed and put away, any personal items to be put away after use so that nobody trips over and hoovering up and storing food properly to avoid mess. This includes moving all tools that have been used are put away in their correct place when they are finished with. Also not leaving products or pallets in the way of people moving around. When a delivery comes in, whether it is the factory or the office, it must be dealt with as soon as possible to avoid anyone tripping over it.