Health and Safety General Policy Statement of GM Tree Training Ltd
Important: All employees must read this statement and be familiar with GM Tree Training Ltd’s policies. The term “firm” or “company” also means “partnership” or “proprietor”.
It is the policy of GM Tree Training Ltd to comply with the obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (as amended), the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (as amended), the Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996-building work (as amended), the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 (as amended) and other supporting legislation concerning Health and Safety. At all times GM Tree Training Ltd will endeavour to provide and maintain a healthy and safe working environment for its employees as well as to take steps to protect the health and safety of all visitors to GM Tree Training Ltd, including contractors from other firms and temporary workers, as well as any members of the public who might be affected by our operations.
The overall objective of GM Tree Training Ltd’s health and safety policy is to minimise the number of instances of occupational accidents and illnesses. The ultimate objective is not to have any such instances. GM Tree Training Ltd will endeavour to do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure the health and safety of its employees, however, health and safety at work is the responsibility of each and every individual associated with GM Tree Training Ltd. All staff are required to be constantly vigilant and concerned for the welfare of others.
It is also the duty of each employee to take reasonable care of his or her own welfare and to report any situation, which may pose a threat to the well being to himself or herself or any other person. Such hazards in the workplace such as frayed electrical cables, dangerously defective equipment, unsafe structures, possible fire risks, loose floor tiles etc should be reported as a matter of routine and no member of staff will be penalized for complaining if such hazards are not rectified by the management or designated Safety Officer. It is therefore every worker’s responsibility to report immediately any situation that could endanger the well being of themselves or others and that the reporting of injuries, however small, sustained by a person at work must never go unrecorded. Accident records are crucial to the effective monitoring and revision of GM Tree Training Ltd policy and must therefore be accurate and detailed.
GM Tree Training Ltd believes that the success of its Health and Safety Policy can only be achieved through the cooperation of all personnel. Experienced employees must have due regard for inexperienced employees by not allowing those inexperienced workers, especially young workers, to unknowingly put their health and safety at risk. On the other hand, an inexperienced worker (despite prior training) or untrained worker should not attempt to do hazardous work if they do not feel competent or have not been trained for such work. If any inexperienced or untrained worker is in any doubt about his or her competence in carrying out hazardous work they must immediately cease to do such work and inform their immediate supervisor or Safety Officer. Employees will be provided with the required equipment, information, training and supervision as is necessary to implement and comply with GM Tree Training Ltd’s health and safety policy.
GM Tree Training Ltd’s health and safety policy will be continually monitored and improvements to the policy will from time to time be implemented. GM Tree Training Ltd invites all employees to put forward any suggestions for improvements, or complaints, regarding the health and safety policy either informally or in writing directly to the designated Safety Officer.
Name Gillian Tree
Job Title: Director
Date: 17 04 2019
HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY OF GM TREE TRAINING LTD
(Important: All employees must make themselves familiar with this policy)
The person responsible for the overall health and safety policy of GM Tree Training Ltd is:
Name: (Name of MD) Gill Tree
Title: Managing Director
Address to write to: 5 Clumber Drive, Frome, Somerset BA11 2LG
The designated Health & Safety Officer of GM Tree Training Ltd is:
Address to write to: As above
First aid kits are supplied as follows:
LOCATION OF FIRST AID KIT
Personnel trained in First Aid are as follows:
Designated Smoking Areas are:
Outside the building
The designated Fire Safety Officer of GM Tree Training Ltd and the person responsible for the maintaining and testing of fire alarms, detection equipment and fire fighting equipment is:
Name: Gill Tree
Address to write to: as above
The designated assembly points for fire and emergencies are:
Location of Fire Extinguishers; None
Each employee is asked to familiarise themselves with the types and locations of the fire extinguishers in the vicinity of their working area
On Site and Off Site Working
If work is carried out on behalf of GM Tree Training Ltd off-site on clients’ premises, employees must be aware that when working on client premises the client has the overall legal responsibility for the health and safety of all personnel whether such personnel are client’s employees, sub-contractors or members of the public. Therefore, employees of GM Tree Training Ltd must make themselves aware of the health and safety procedures of our clients when working on their premises and employees are instructed to fully comply with the health and safety procedures of any clients as well as complying with safe working practices contained in this policy and/or any instructions given by any On-Site Health and Safety Officer or Team Leader appointed by GM Tree Training Ltd.
Employees should address any immediate concerns with regard to health and safety to the respective clients when working on their premises and/or to the On-Site Safety Officer or Health & Safety Officer of GM Tree Training Ltd if those concerns are not addressed.
Regardless of where employees work, employees of GM Tree Training Ltd are responsible for safe working practices at all times and this document sets out GM Tree Training Ltd’s policy and principles as to health and safety procedures.
Responsibilities of employees
All employees, irrespective of status, have a personal responsibility with regard to Health & Safety as follows:
To be familiar with GM Tree Training Ltd's Health & Safety Policy and with the standards and procedures it contains and to co-operate and implement its contents.
To understand and comply with all instructions, working procedures and safety rules which apply to their work. Some rules have a general application, like those pertaining to fire risks and emergencies. Other rules pertain to specific jobs and equipment; for example, the correct use of lifting equipment and the safe means of access/egress etc.
To work with due care and attention at all times. Whilst it is the management's responsibility to provide and maintain the necessary equipment for safe working, it is equally the employee's responsibility to use that equipment properly, and in many cases there is a legal obligation to do so.
Not to operate plant, tools or equipment unless the employee is trained and authorised to do so.
To wear or use personal protective equipment as instructed or when circumstances dictate its use.
To report any hazards seen and, if appropriate, make suggestions for their elimination and control.
To report any defects in plant, tools or equipment.
To ensure their work area is kept clean and tidy.
To develop a personal concern for the safety of themselves and others.
To report all accidents, injuries, dangerous occurrences and 'near misses' no matter how trivial.
To raise any safety matter with the appropriate person.
Responsibilities of the Health & Safety Officer
GM Tree Training Ltd Health and Safety Officer has overall responsibility for all health, safety and welfare matters within the organisation. He or she will ensure that there is an effective policy for health and safety, the provision of regular reviews to its efficiency and the provision of adequate staff, funds and materials to meet the policy’s requirements.
He or she will ensure:
That responsibility for safety is properly assigned and accepted at all levels.
That arrangements are made for the provision of suitable and sufficient safety training for all employees.
That personnel are informed of any relevant changes to health and safety documents are up-dated as necessary.
That health and safety monitoring is regularly undertaken at all sites where GM Tree Training Ltd is operating.
That information is obtained from suppliers on the safe use of plant, equipment and materials and that all relevant health and safety information and guidance are provided to employees as required.
That records of statutory inspections and other appropriate records are kept.
That records of injuries and work-related diseases are maintained and that appropriate reporting action is undertaken.
That appropriate resources are allocated to allow for the elimination and/or control of known hazards and to safeguard against the introduction of new risks.
That sub-contractors tenders include adequate provision for safe working.
That appropriate health and safety arrangements are made with clients and building occupiers and that relevant matters are taken into account when submitting tenders.
The provision of suitable plant and equipment necessary to ensure safe access, safe working or ease of handling including the requirements for any specialised safety and storage equipment.
The provision of all necessary items of personal protective equipment, safety signs and relevant health and safety documentation.
The provision of any training including specialised training if required.
The provision of adequate welfare and first aid
The action to be taken in the event of fire or other emergency and the provision of suitable fire fighting equipment.
The protection of the public.
To carry out risk assessments of any hazards, which could arise and determine the most appropriate order and method of working and record such assessments. To this end he will liase with employees, clients and building occupiers over health and safety arrangements.
To ensure all relevant health and safety matters are discussed with prospective clients and to liase with clients and building occupiers over health and safety arrangements.
To implement health and safety arrangements made with clients or building occupiers and ensure personnel within their control comply with these arrangements.
To co-ordinate work of sub-contractors and liase with main contractors where applicable.
To ensure that employees are only allocated work according to their ability, and that they have been given the appropriate instructions and/or training to enable them to carry out their work in a safe manner.
To monitor health and safety procedures to ensure that all directly employed and sub-contractors employees operate in accordance with any legal requirements and Company policy.
To acquire, hold and make available where required, information on the potential hazards of articles and substances used by personnel within their control, and to ensure that all necessary COSHH assessments are carried out.
To ensure that safety equipment and all personal protective equipment needed for each operation is provided and is readily available, and that such personal protective equipment is used or worn as appropriate.
To ensure that materials are stored safely and that, where appropriate, fire fighting equipment is readily available.
To ensure only trained, competent and authorised personnel use plant, tools and equipment and that young or inexperienced workers are properly supervised.
To take prompt corrective action whenever unsafe acts are noticed or reported to them.
To ensure all scaffold, cradles, working platforms etc, are properly erected and safe before allowing them to be used by personnel within their control.
To ensure that cleanliness, tidiness and all that contributes to 'good housekeeping' is of an acceptable standard.
To ensure that all accidents are reported and recorded, and that attention given by medical or first aid staff is appropriate.
To investigate, report, and find the cause of, all incidents/accidents on the site, including those, which result in only minor injuries, or cause loss or damage to plant or materials with no injury and to take appropriate remedial action to prevent re-occurrence.
GM Tree Training Ltd will endeavour to ensure that employees are familiar with the contents of GM Tree Training Ltd health and safety policy and will communicate with employees orally, through supervisors, and in writing, in the form of directives and this policy.
Co-operation & Care
Employees are expected to co-operate with the Health & Safety Officer and to accept their duties under this policy. Disciplinary action may be taken against any employee who violates safety rules or who fails to perform his or her duties under this policy.
Safety training is essential for all effective health and safety procedures. All workers will be trained in safe working practices and procedures relevant to their duties. Training will also include advice on the use and maintenance of personal protective equipment, if applicable.
Training sessions will be held as often as is deemed necessary. Despite training sessions, employees can raise concerns regarding health and safety at any time with their immediate supervisor or directly to the Safety Training Officer.
Inspections in the Workplace
GM Tree Training Ltd will endeavour to comply with the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992 (as amended).
This Act requires regular inspections of the workplace from time to time. Inspections will be of a routine nature or as a result of an event or a planned change in working procedures. Inspections will always provide the opportunity to review the continuing effectiveness of safe working practices and therefore implement changes where necessary.
Substances Hazardous to Health
GM Tree Training Ltd will comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) (as amended). Risk assessments will be undertaken of all work involving exposure to hazardous substances. GM Tree Training Ltd will ensure that exposure of workers to hazardous substances is minimised and controlled.
Employees who will come into contact with hazardous substances will receive training and information on the health and safety issues concerning such substances. Employees working with hazardous substances must follow Company procedures relating to the substances.
Employees must assume that all substances are hazardous unless proved otherwise and you must abide by all the hazard information provided on Assessment Sheets. If you are in doubt as to the substance or its method of use ask the Health & Safety Officer.
Substances hazardous to health are any natural or artificial substances (including micro-organisms), which can be toxic, harmful, corrosive or irritant to any employees exposed to them.
In the event of contamination, the employee should find out the substances and its source and, if injury occurs he/she should contact the First-Aider, his/her own doctor or the Local Hospital (Casualty Department) for treatment without delay.
Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) (as amended) the following precautions should be taken:
Handle hazardous substances with care and use the personal protective equipment supplied as it is supposed to be used.
Make sure you are familiar with the rules (e.g. COSHH) for using substances. (Refer to COSHH Assessments).
Before eating, drinking and smoking it is very important to ensure that hands are washed.
Remove lids/stoppers only when the substance is to be used.
Store highly flammable substances as per manufacturers/suppliers recommendations.
Only minimum quantities, required for immediate use, are to be kept in a workplace.
GM Tree Training Ltd and its employees have a duty to act responsibly towards customers, staff, suppliers and the public with regard to the effect that business operations may have on the environment and will endeavour to achieve its responsibilities through the following objectives: -
To adhere to any current legislation and where possible and to anticipate new requirements and set out new procedures as required.
Where possible, to purchase from suppliers who share concern for the environment and whenever possible to produce products from sustainable sources.
To minimise waste from business operations and where possible to re-use or recycle.
To endeavour to control the level of harmful emissions whenever practicable.
To promote the use of energy efficient systems in business premises.
To support organisations that promote environmental protection issues.
GM Tree Training Ltd will continue to monitor, evaluate and improve its performance whilst promoting environmental awareness to employees.
New or Expectant Mothers
A risk assessment will be carried out in respect of risks to new or expectant mothers. Where risks to new or expectant mothers are identified, adjustments to working conditions will be made to avoid such risks. Where adjustments are not possible, and no alternative work can be found, the new or expectant mother will be suspended from work on full pay.
Personal Protective Equipment Regulations
GM Tree Training Ltd will comply with the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended).
This requires that all employees who may be exposed to a risk to their health and safety while at work will be provided with properly fitting, suitable, and effective personal protective equipment or clothing.
All personal protective equipment or clothing provided by GM Tree Training Ltd will be maintained in good working order and all employees provided with such protective equipment or clothing must wear or use such protective equipment properly. Employees must report defective personal protective equipment or clothing to their immediate supervisor or Health & Safety Officer as soon as it is found to be defective.
Employees provided with personal protective equipment will receive training and information on the use, maintenance and purpose of the equipment.
GM Tree Training Ltd will comply with the law as set out in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (as amended) and will try at all times to ensure that all equipment used in the workplace is safe and suitable for the purpose for which it is used. Employees will be provided with adequate information and training to enable them to use relevant equipment safely and such equipment must only be used by such authorised and trained employees.
Work equipment must be maintained in good working order and repair. Employees must report defective work equipment to their immediate supervisor or Health &Safety Officer as soon as it is found to be defective. Where applicable employees will be provided with such protection as is adequate to protect them from dangers occasioned by the use of work equipment and such work equipment will be clearly marked with health and safety warnings as appropriate.
All electrical equipment whether fixed or portable is to be subject to periodic testing and appropriate records kept.
The correct voltage for tools and equipment must always be used.
Waterproof fittings must be used for external work.
Leads must not be allowed to trail, as this may cause a tripping hazard.
Frayed electrical leads must be repaired or replaced immediately.
Operators must ensure that they are familiar with any safety instructions (including manufacturers instructions) relating to any equipment before use.
It is forbidden to interfere with any electrical appliance.
The operator must check all electrical tools, leads, and plugs of any electrical equipment before bringing into use.
Any obvious sign of irregular operation of electrical equipment should be reported at once to the supervisor.
If any electrical appliance, whilst in use, is found to be faulty it must be reported immediately to the Health & Safety Officer
It is forbidden to carry out any repairs or fit any plug to an electrical appliance unless authorised to do so.
No electrical appliance may be connected to an electrical system by any means other than the correct plug or connection.
Asbestos dust can kill. It can cause lung damage and cancer. The dust particles that harm are too small to see with the naked eye and the diseases that develop can take many years. There is no cure.
Asbestos can be found in most buildings and is used in asbestos cement products such as sheets, tiles, tanks, gutters, down pipes, decorative finishes, insulation board, fire doors, ceiling tiles, sprayed coatings, insulation and lagging to pipe work and plant, caulking materials, and fire protection materials.
If you discover or encounter Asbestos
If you suspect asbestos or think you have disturbed asbestos based material, STOP WORK, inform the Health & safety Officer and do not recommence this work until further instructions. Make sure your work colleagues are made aware of the hazard of the asbestos.
Sites must be made secure at the end of the working day. Employees who are working alone in the head office shall make arrangements with a colleague to advise them when they have safely left the premises. Particular care should be taken not to allow access to visitors without a prearranged appointment.
Display Screen Equipment
GM Tree Training Ltd will comply with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (as amended).
The risks to users of VDU screens will be reduced as much as is reasonably practicable.
Employees regularly using VDU screens will be allowed periodic breaks during their work.
Employees regularly using VDU screens are recommended to have eye tests.
Where necessary GM Tree Training Ltd will provide VDU screen employees with the necessary corrective equipment such as glasses or contact lenses. However, GM Tree Training Ltd will only pay for spectacles/contact lenses if "special" ones (for example, prescribed for the distance at which the screen is viewed) are needed and normal ones cannot be used.
VDU screen employees will be given appropriate and adequate training on the health and safety aspects of this type of work.
Fire Safety Regulations
Fire risk assessments will be undertaken as required under the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1999. However, employees must bring to the attention of the Health & Safety Officer or Fire Officer any potential fire risks that they may become aware of.
Reducing Fire Risk
Prevention is better than cure when it comes to fire safety and one of the most important areas of fire prevention is to minimise and/or isolate combustible materials as follows:
Highly inflammable liquids such as oils, fuels and paints or other inflammable material, must be removed from the business premises if not normally required for business operations. If inflammable liquids/materials are used for business operations such liquids/materials must be kept to a minimum and securely stored in appropriate closed metal containers within a properly designed storage facility well away from sources of ignition.
Gas leaks are another possible source of fire or explosion and the detection of such a gas leak must be reported to the Health & Safety Officer or Fire Officer or the on-site management immediately. All equipment with gas taps including gas bottles not in use should be constantly checked to ascertain that the gas taps are turned off and not leaking.
Any waste such as paper waste and other waste such as oily rags must not be allowed to accumulate and must be disposed of in appropriate containers.
Smokers must only smoke in designated areas and discarded cigarette butts must be properly extinguished in ashtrays. Smokers must not extinguish or throw cigarette butts into waste paper bins.
Faulty electrical equipment is a common source of a fire, therefore, electrical equipment not in use must be switched off and any observable defect of electrical equipment must be reported to the Health & Safety Officer or Fire Safety Officer.
Fire Safety Officer
GM Tree Training Ltd’s fire and emergency policy and procedures take account of special fire hazards in specific areas of the workplace with, if possible, the cooperation and advice from the local fire service.
The Fire Safety Officer has the overall responsibility for GM Tree Training Ltd’s fire and emergency policy and training. All supervisors are responsible for implementing such policy and all employees are responsible for carrying out the instructions of the policy.
General Fire Procedures
All personnel associated with GM Tree Training Ltd must familiarise themselves with this fire and emergency policy
If there is any doubt that a fire cannot be extinguished immediately without risk or injury to individual persons, all employees must immediately report any fire to the local fire service (dial 999).
Arrangements shall be made to evacuate any disabled visitors or employees in the event of an emergency. Two able bodied employees shall be nominated to assist with the safe evacuation of the person. A suitable escape route shall be determined in advance of an emergency; where possible the disabled visitor or employee shall be positioned as close to a suitable fire exit as practically possible.
Employees must conduct their operations in such a way as to minimise the risk of fire, and in particular, employees must not smoke near combustible materials and only smoke in areas (if any) designated by GM Tree Training Ltd as smoking areas. All combustible materials must be separated from sources of ignition.
Fire Detection Equipment
Smoke detector alarms and general fire alarms are located at points throughout the workplace. Employees must familiarize themselves with the location of such detectors and alarms. If a smoke detector alarm sounds, employees must activate a general fire alarm.
General Fire Alarm
The sounding of the general fire alarm is the signal that the building must be evacuated. The alarm may be raised for a fire or any other dangerous situation such as an unsafe structure, a gas leak, a bomb scare, and no employee must assume that a situation is not serious because there are no visible signs of an emergency in their immediate locality. When the general alarm sounds all employees must leave the building by the nearest available exit and assemble at the designated assembly point. Employees must also order visitors to GM Tree Training Ltd, including contractors from other firms and temporary workers, as well as any members of the public to leave the building by the exit routes.
Other Emergency Procedures
In the absence of the alarm sounding supervisors will warn employees or members of the public in the case of a fire or other dangerous situation being detected by word of mouth to evacuate the premises. They may order evacuation in the case of a fire or any other dangerous situation such as an unsafe structure, a gas leak, a bomb scare, and no employee must assume that a situation is not serious because there are no visible signs of an emergency in their immediate locality. Immediately supervisors give instructions all employees must leave the building by the nearest available exit and assemble at the designated assembly point. Employees must also order visitors to GM Tree Training Ltd, including contractors from other firms and temporary workers, as well as any members of the public to leave the building by the exit routes.
NB Employees must be aware that old people, disabled people or children may need assistance to leave the premises and that people using toilets or other ancillary rooms may not be aware of the emergency.
Fire Escape Routes
All specified means of escape, for the site premises, must be properly maintained and kept free of obstruction. It is essential that all personnel are familiar with the means of escape and the route to be followed in case of fire.
A fire/emergency evacuation procedure is in force at the premises of GM Tree Training Ltd (See General Fire Alarm above) and it is the duty of ALL personnel to familiarise themselves with this procedure. When working on other sites, personnel should request the information they require from the Health and Safety Officer. It is the responsibility of the Health & Safety Officer to:
Ensure that the workplace is clear of people in the event of an evacuation for FIRE or BOMB ALERT, and to be in full knowledge of the types, positions and use of the first aid/fire appliances in their respective areas.
Ensure employees, within their control, are aware of the Fire Drill in their areas, and that they are aware of the location of the first aid/fire appliances.
Carry out fire safety tours within their respective areas of responsibility from time to time.
Discovery of Explosives, Bombs, Suspicious Packets
DO NOT touch anything suspicious
Warn the Health & Safety Officer.
Before leaving, take all necessary measures so that nobody, even mistakenly, comes into contact with dangerous object before the arrival of the police.
Practice fire and emergency drills will be conducted from time to time.
Fire Fighting Equipment
Fire extinguishers are located throughout the workplace. Employees should tackle a fire themselves in the first instance provided their personal safety is not at risk. If it is not possible to tackle the fire in the first instance the general fire alarm must then be activated.
Fire doors must never be blocked, jammed or left open.
Fire Exit doors and corridors must never be locked or blocked.
Lifts must not be used in the case of an emergency evacuation.
Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the workplace except those areas, which have been designated as smoking areas. Even in such designated smoking areas, cigarette butts must not be carelessly discarded and smokers must ensure that their discarded cigarette butts are extinguished. Combustible materials must never be stored or allowed to accumulate in designated smoking areas.
Accident Investigation & Reporting
GM Tree Training Ltd will comply with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR 95). The Health & Safety Officer is responsible for reporting under the Regulations. This will entail the Health & Safety Officer or other designated personnel making reports, and the cooperation of all relevant personnel involved is essential in order to establish:
The circumstances of an accident or dangerous occurrence or disease.
The nature and severity of the accident or dangerous occurrence or disease.
The identity of eyewitnesses.
The time, date and location of the accident or dangerous occurrence or disease.
Eyewitness accounts for the report will be collected as near to the time of the accident as is reasonably practicable.
GM Tree Training Ltd will study the completed report and will attempt to discover why the accident or dangerous occurrence or disease happened, and then take action to prevent a recurrence of the accident or dangerous occurrence or disease.
Issues such as liability, proceedings or damages will be assessed following the completed report and, if necessary, GM Tree Training Ltd will take appropriate professional legal advice.
As well as applying first aid, if there is any doubt as to the severity of an injury or the health (such as a heart attack) of any person on GM Tree Training Ltd’s premises, employees must not hesitate to dial 999 and ask for the ambulance service.
All accidents or injuries must be reported to the immediate supervisor of the relevant department, and/or the Health & Safety Officer.
All employees must have ready access to first aid facilities. On most contracts arrangements will be made with the building occupiers or main contractor to share first aid facilities. The Health & Safety Officer will inform personnel of these arrangements. (Such arrangements must be recorded in writing).
When shared facilities are not arranged, sites will be provided with a first aid kit in the charge of the "appointed person". Where only one or two employees are involved on work of very short duration, or in vehicles on company business, small travelling first aid kits will be available.
First-Aid is only to be carried out by a trained First-Aider.
Every first aid box will be of the appropriate size and have the correct contents.
The location of the first aid box shall be clearly identified.
It is the trained First-Aider's responsibility to ensure that the stock is replaced in the boxes as necessary.
In cases of more serious injury employees will be sent or taken to the nearest hospital.
All staff will be instructed precisely and clearly of their duties relating to GM Tree Training Ltd’s accident procedure. It is the duty of ALL Personnel to ensure they are familiar with the procedure and comply with it at all times. They must ensure they report, to the appropriate person, any potentially unsafe items of equipment or working situations, as well as all accidents, personal injuries or 'near misses'.
The employee, the Health & Safety Officer, must record ALL ACCIDENTS, no matter how trivial, by completing an Accident Form.
Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 – RIDDOR (as amended), employees must report to the Health & Safety Officer any accident at work which results in personal injury and will be encouraged to identify incidents where injury was fortuitously avoided (i.e. near miss accidents).
The Health & Safety Officer will undertake investigation of accidents, initially, and, where practicable, means of preventing a recurrence will be recommended. All serious (reportable) accidents will, additionally, be investigated by the Health & Safety Officer.
The First-Aid box should be made of suitable material and so designed to protect the contents. All boxes should be clearly marked (recommended marking - white cross on green background).
First-Aid boxes and travelling First-Aid kits should contain sufficient quantities of suitable First-Aid materials and nothing else. For most First-Aid boxes sufficient quantities may be considered as:
A general guidance card on First-Aid.
20 individually wrapped, sterile, adhesive dressings (assorted sizes) appropriate for the work environment.
2 sterile eye pads, with attachment.
6 individually wrapped, triangular bandages.
6 safety pins.
6 medium sized, individually wrapped, sterile, un-medicated wound dressings (approx. 10cm x 8cm).
2 large, individually wrapped, sterile, un-medicated wound dressings (approx. 13cm x 9cm).
3 extra large, individually wrapped, sterile, un-medicated wound dressings (approx. 28cm x 17.5cm)
In situations where mains tap water is not readily available for eye irrigation, sterile water or sterile normal saline solution (0.9%), in sealed disposable containers, should be provided. Each container should hold 300ml and at least 900ml provided. Once opened they must not be reused. The use of eye baths/cups or refillable containers is not recommended.
Extra equipment, or items required for special hazards (i.e. antidotes) may be kept in or near First-Aid boxes but only where the First-Aider has been specifically trained in their use.
To ensure a sufficient supply of materials, the contents of First-Aid boxes should be replenished as soon as possible after use. All First-Aid boxes should be checked regularly to ensure the contents are not used after their expiry date.
Travelling First-Aid Kits
Again the emphasis is for the contents to reflect the circumstances in which they may be foreseeably used, but, at least, the following should be included:
A general guidance card on First-Aid.
6 individually wrapped, sterile, adhesive dressings (assorted sizes) appropriate for the work environment.
2 individually wrapped, triangular bandages.
2 safety pins.
1 large, individually wrapped, sterile, un-medicated wound dressing (Approx. 10 x 8cm).
Individually wrapped, moist cleansing wipes.
900ml of sterile water or sterile normal saline solution (0.9%), in sealed disposable containers. Each container should hold 300ml.
This may include suitable means for the transportation of casualties, blankets, disposable rubber gloves (for the protection against blood etc.), aprons and other suitable protective equipment and blunt ended stainless steel scissors (min length 12.7cm). Consideration should also be given to the provision of plastic, disposable bags for the safe collection and disposal of soiled dressings.
Where such equipment is considered necessary, it should be stored in the vicinity of First-Aid boxes.
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