Health & Safety
R A Watts & Daughters Limited will comply with its legal duties in order to provide a safe and healthy working environment for its employees and others affected by its activities. It will take positive action to ensure that other contractors’ employees, occupiers of premises, and members of the public do not have their health and safety adversely affected by the work operations of the company. The only acceptable standard of health and safety, and for welfare facilities, will be full and proper compliance with the requirements of legislation. Where it is possible and practical to do so, the company will exceed the minimum requirements of the legislation.
The company will seek to ensure that each company to whom it contracts or subcontracts aspires to a similar high standard of health and safety management.
In recognition of the importance that this company places on the engagement and wellbeing of its employees, the company will:
- Consult, on health and safety matters, with its employees and others who may work under its control to ensure that the arrangements for health and safety management are practical to implement and effective.
- As far as is reasonably practicable, fully and effectively control the health and safety risks arising from its work activities, in co-operation with employees, other contractors, clients and other relevant parties.
- Ensure that accident and ill health prevention is provided as the highest priority, commensurate with business objectives, within all company operations.
- Investigate lapses in health and/or safety performance and implement remedial actions to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, their recurrence.
- Provide and ensure that all plant and equipment owned, used or hired by the company is appropriate, safe to use and properly maintained, inspected and tested.
- Ensure that all equipment, materials and substances used by the company are appropriate for their intended use and used, handled and stored safely.
- Ensure that all employees are provided with adequate supervisory training, information and instructions to competently carry out their work activities.
- Ensure that all working places are maintained in a safe and healthy condition.
- Provide adequate resources, including sufficient finance and access to competent health and safety advise, to achieve the aims of this policy.
- Review and revise this policy statement at regular intervals and also where necessary due to changes in the company activities.
The company recognises that its activities have an impact on the environment and is committed to continually improving its environmental performance and minimising the harmful effects of its activities through effective management.
Sustainable Use Of Materials
- Giving preference to locally produced products where appropriate.
- Using sustainable materials where possible e.g timber from sustainably managed woodland “FSC” and “PEFC”
Consideration of Neighbours & Other Sites
- Consulting nearby neighbours before construction work commences with a view to minimising the effects of noise, dust, effluents and other potentially disturbing activities.
- Minimising the noise at source from plant and machinery and locating it away from residential properties if possible.
- Ensuring that the workforce is aware of working practices and the need to operate considerately.
- Aiming to ensure the highest standards of health and safety for those on site as well as the local community.
- Providing and maintaining high quality welfare facilities.
Sustainable Ordering & Storage Of Materials
- Planning deliveries to coincide with the use of the products delivered so that materials are not on site for longer than is necessary.
- Store materials safely and securely to prevent damage and to minimise unnecessary losses.
- Encourage suppliers to minimise packaging, thereby reducing waste and saving space.
Reducing The Environmental Impact of Transport & Plant
- Planning ahead when ordering and returning materials to minimise the number of traffic movements to and from the site.
- Carefully maintaining vehicles and machinery to ensure maximum efficiency and minimise fuel consumption.
Environmental Legislation, Best Practise & Technology
- Keeping up to date with the ever changing legislation and guidance dealing with environmental and health and safety issues resulting from the activities of the Company.
- Keeping up to date with environmentally friendly technology and ideas.
- Maintaining current construction industry best practice with regard to environmental impacts.
Reducing Waste & Disposing Of It Responsibly
- Re-using or recycling as much waste and material as possible.
- Separation and safe containment of different types of waste.
- Responsible disposal of waste using registered waste carriers.
- Minimisation of waste production.
Minimising The Risk Of Pollution
- Storing materials in a secure and protected place and keeping materials like sand and liquids away from drains.
- Avoiding any spillages on site and where accidents happen, ensuring that they are cleaned up and dealt with in accordance with Health and Safety and Environmental Regulations.
Management Of The Policy
- Ensuring that all employees, directors, contractors, suppliers, customers and other stakeholders are aware of the Company’s environmental policy.
- Ensuring that its suppliers and contractors also have, or are working towards the implementation of, environmental management systems based upon continual environmental improvement.
- On a site by site basis an Environmental Manager will be appointed to monitor the use of materials, power and noise effects.
- Vehicle sharing will be encouraged amongst contractors where possible.
- Reduce the amount of power used on nights, areas not being worked on by contractors will have lights switched off.
This statement is fully supported by all Directors of the Company.