Blade Recruitment recommendations for common safe working practices of Health & Safety in the workplace: H&S is everyone’s responsibility. We take our responsibilities seriously & ensure as far as reasonably possible that we advise & inform to ensure the health, safety & safe working practices of all temporary contract workers. This guide should be read, understood & followed by all contract workers before they start an assignment.
We will ensure that we do not send you to any assignment that you are not competent to undertake, we provide all the relevant information prior to accepting any assignment. We work with clients that have similar ethics.
Additionally, we would ask that you refuse to undertake any task that may jeopardise your health & safety or the health & safety of others. It is also your responsibility to provide & wear personal protective equipment where required & we would draw particular attention to safety footwear which must be worn on all assignments as mentioned.
It is Blade Recruitment policy to provide & maintain a safe & healthy working environment as is reasonably practical at all places where the Company’s employees or third parties, using those facilities under our influence or control. The company goals of client satisfaction & profitability are not in conflict with good safety practices & the Company is of the belief that a good safety record is of benefit to its business.
The maintenance of a safe & a healthy environment safeguards people, is vitally important & our most important asset. All relevant statutory requirements will be complied with & are considered as the minimum standard & where reasonably practical will be exceeded to meet the spirit of the Company’s policy.
It is Management’s duty to ensure staff & temporary contractors are informed & receive appropriate, adequate Health & Safety training, that tasks are allocated to staff capable of fulfilling them, in a manner that is safe to themselves & others. Staff members & contractors are required to understand their responsibilities & duties & carry them out with diligence & priority.
It is Company policy to assess potential risks & through good organisation, planning & communication, minimize those risks & apply protective measures to ensure the health and safety of everyone. The removal of risk is the primary goal & implementing protective measures where not possible. Every individual is duty bound to act in a safe manner.
No staff member, contract employee or sub-contractor must knowingly endanger themselves, their colleagues, staff members of other organisations or members of the general public by their own acts or omissions. The Directors of Blade hold ultimate responsibility for the Health & Safety Policy & for ensuring its effective implementation. Additionally they will ensure:
1. The Company & our Clients’ policies (as applicable) are implemented to ensure effective risk control.
2. Staff & contract employees have sufficient understanding of & implement relevant statutory regulations.
3. Risk assessments are conducted & arrangements made to minimize risk.
4. Staff are able to obtain expert advice from specialists to assess & manage risks as necessary.
5. Safe working methods are adopted with specific instructions as necessary.
6. Staff & contract workers have the skills & are suitably trained to perform their work in a safe manner.
7. The correct equipment for the performance of a task is available & in a safe & serviceable condition.
8. Staff & contract workers are familiar with the company safety policy & procedures specific to their work.
1. Identify potentially unsafe situations or working practices and notify management.
2. Ensure that they do not perform a task that they believe is dangerous or for which they have not received appropriate instruction, training or equipment to perform the task safely.
3. Work in a safe manner in accordance with safety instructions where applicable.
4. Use the proper equipment supplied for a task and use personal protective equipment where provided.
To work effectively, this Policy requires the total support of everyone. No one can avoid their personal responsibility for working in a safe manner and ensuring that others do likewise.
A. A manual Handling Operation is any transporting or supporting of a load, including the lifting, lowering, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving, by hand or by bodily force. Picking up & carrying a toolbox, or a step ladder, or even picking up a screwdriver, or hammer, or a set of stocks, is manual handling, just as unloading & positioning a boiler might be. Anything from the extremely light to something requiring your maximum strength is included.
B. Manual Handling accounts for a large number of accidents each year & many millions of ‘days off’ are due to back & other injuries. Once someone’s back has been weakened by injury it is often a recurring problem for the rest of that person's life.
C. All Manual Handling Operations are governed by the Manual Handling Operations Regulations. Employees have a duty to make full & proper use of anything provided by an employer in connection with manual handling. This includes following any advice & training given on lifting etc.
D. An employers duties can be summarised as – Avoid the need for manual handling wherever possible. Assess the risk. Reduce the need by providing mechanical aids. Train staff in good Manual Handling techniques.
1. Tuck chin in, this keeps back as straight as possible & therefore least vulnerable.
2. Feet as close to load as possible, about a hip width apart, one foot slightly in front.
3. Bend the knees & crouch down.
4. Take a full grip, suing palms, not fingertips.
5. With elbows tucked in, straighten the leg, lifting smoothly.
6. Carry the load forward at waist height.
7. Change direction by turning on your feet, not by twisting the trunk.
8. Put down in the same careful way & continue being careful as you straighten up.
A. There is a difference between being aware of Safety in a vague, general way & being Safety ‘Aware’. The second implies a continuous alert attitude to the safety aspects of every job we do.
B. The Health and Safety at Work Act places duties on ALL persons at work. That includes you, your Supervisor & your Managers, indeed everyone at work. The only way the accident figures will come down is by everyone doing their bit about safety. Your legal responsibility is to take reasonable care of your own health and safety and to safeguard the health and safety of those you work with and members of the public.
C. You must cooperate with you Supervisor in anything he does in the interest of health welfare and safety, and not interfere with anything provided in the interests of health welfare and safety. Fines can be imposed. This included wearing any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided and using any safety equipment when provided and as instructed. If unsure about its use ASK!
D. Every employer must have a written Safety Policy (unless he has less than 5 employees), & draw you attention to it. Make sure you read it, & note the arrangements, which affect you.
1. Look out for warning notices and obey the instructions given by them.
2. Stay alert when working in the vicinity of moving plant – AHU moving parts, pump drives, boilers etc.
3. Do not operate machinery unless you have been trained & authorised to do so.
4. Never ride on anything which is not designed for passengers. It is illegal.
5. Do not interfere with ladders or alter scaffolding or move boards unless you are authorised to do so.
6. Never throw anything from any height. Lower it properly.
7. Do not take shortcuts. Use the access that you are instructed to.
8. Report any defects or damage to ladders, scaffolding, plant or tools – at once to your Supervisor.
9. Report any unsafe situations or practices you come across.
10. Report all incidents involving injury, however slight, to you Supervisor. Details of an accident requiring first-aid treatment must be entered in the Accident Book.
11. ASK your Supervisor. If in doubt about the safety of any work activity.