It is the responsibility of GPC Clear Solution Limited to take all reasonable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees, and it will, so far as is reasonably practicable, establish procedures and systems necessary to implement such a policy.  GPC  will also ensure that as relevant statutory duties and obligations are satisfied, including those duties set out in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

GPC will provide and maintain a healthy and safe working environment with the objective of minimising the number of instances of occupational accidents and illnesses and ultimately achieving an accident-free workplace.

All employees will be provided with such equipment, information, instructions, training and supervision as is necessary to implement the policy and achieve the stated objective.

GPC  recognises its duty to protect the health and safety of all visitors to the company’s premises, including contractors and temporary workers, as well as any members of the public who might be affected by the Company’s work operations.

While GPC  will take all reasonable steps to ensure the health and safety of its employees, health and safety at work is also the responsibility of the employees.  It is the duty of each employee to take reasonable care of their own and other people’s welfare and to report any situation which may pose a threat to the well being of themselves or of any other person.  If an employee is unsure how to perform a certain task or feels it would be dangerous to perform a specific job, then it is the employee’s duty to report this to their Operations Manager (Amanda Crouch).  An effective health and safety programme requires continuous communication between workers at all levels.

Communication and Co-operation

GPC will endeavour to communicate to employees its commitment to safety and to ensure that employees are familiar with the contents of this policy.

If GPC is to build and maintain a health and safe working environment, co-operation between workers at all levels is essential.  All employees are expected to co-operate with line managers and to accept their duties under this policy.  Employees have a duty to take all reasonable steps to preserve and protect the health and safety of themselves and of all other people affected by the operations of GPC.  Disciplinary action under GPC’s disciplinary procedure may be taken against any employee who violates safety rules and procedures or who fails to perform his or her duties under this policy.

Training

Safety training is an indispensable part of an effective health and safety programme.  It is essential that every employee is trained to perform his or her job effectively and safely.  All employees will be trained in safe working practices and procedures prior to being allocated any new role.  Training will include advice on the use and maintenance of personal protective equipment appropriate to the task concerned and the formulation of emergency contingency plans.  Training sessions will be held as often as is deemed necessary and will provide another opportunity for employees to express any fears or concerns they might have about their jobs.

GPC Clear Solutions Limited Safety Rules

  • All employees should beware of, respect and adhere to the rules and procedures contained in this policy.
  • All employees must immediately report any unsafe practices or conditions to their line manager
  • Horseplay, practical joking, misuse of equipment or any other acts which might jeopardise the health and safety of any other person are forbidden
  • Any person whose levels of alertness and or ability are reduced due to illness or fatigue will not be allowed to work if this might jeopardise the health and safety of that person or any other person
  • Employees must not adjust, move or otherwise tamper with any electrical equipment or machinery in as manner not within the scope of their duties, unless instructed to do so by their line manager
  • All waste materials must be disposed of carefully and in such a way that they do not constitute a hazard to other workers
  • No employee should undertake a job which appears to be unsafe
  • No employee should undertake a job until he or she has received adequate safety instruction and is authorised to carry out the task
  • Work shall be well-planned and supervised to avoid injuries in the handling of heavy materials and while using equipment.
  • No employees should use chemicals with the knowledge required to work with those chemicals safely
  • Suitable clothing and footwear will be at all times.  Personal protective equipment must be worn wherever appropriate

House Keeping

  • Work sites must be kept clean and tidy
  • Any spillage must be cleaned up immediately
  • Waste materials and rubbish must be placed in the receptacles provided and removed routinely

Access

  • Walkways and passageways must be kept clear from obstructions at all time
  • If a walkway or passageway becomes wet it should be clearly marked with warning signs.  Any liquid spilt on the floor should be wiped up immediately
  • Trailing cables are a trip hazard and should not be left in any passageway
  • Any change in the floor elevation of any walkway or passageway must be clearly marked
  • Where objects are stored in or around a passageway, care must be taken to ensure that no long or sharp edges jut out into the passageway in such a way as to constitute to a safety hazard

Tools and equipment

  • Company machinery and tools are only to be used by qualified and authorised personnel.  It is the responsibility of the line manager to determine who is authorised to use specific tools and equipment.
  • It is the responsibility of all employees to ensure that any tools or equipment they use are in a good and safe condition.  Any tools or equipment which are defective must be reported to a line manger so they can be repaired or replaced
  • All tools must be properly and safely stored when not in use
  • Approved personal protective equipment must be properly used where appropriate
  • Persons using machinery or tools must not wear clothing, jewellery or long hair in such a way as might pose a risk to their own or anyone else’s safety
  • Employees are prohibited from using any tool or piece of equipment for any purpose other than its intended purpose.

All injuries, however small or slight, sustained by a person at work must be reported to their line manager or to their Operations Manager (Amanda Crouch).  Accident records are crucial to the effective monitoring and revision of the policy and must therefore be accurate and comprehensive. The accident book is located in Unit 22, Riverside 1; all employees are shown where the accident book is during their induction. 

First Aid

Employees who are driving as part of their employment of GPC Clear Solutions are provided with First Aid Boxes for their cars.  Should an employee have an accident on site or on the road they should use the equipment in the First Aid Box as necessary.  If any employee is unsure of how to use any of the equipment in the First Aid Box it is the employee’s responsibility to contact Amanda Crouch who will provide support in this area. 

Accidents should be reported and recorded in on site accidents books and any usage of First Aid equipment should be reported to Amanda Crouch at Unit 22 who will order you new supplies A disclaimer will be given to GPC Clear Solution employees when they receive First Aid Boxes these need signing and returning to Amanda Crouch at Unit22, Riverside 1.  

Should an employee or visitor have an accident at Unit 22, Riverside 1 the First Aid Box is located in the lab and Eye Wash are located in the laboratory on the wall. There is eyewash located in the lab and one upstairs by the blending plant. First Aiders are Amanda Crouch and Rachel Hines who are based at Unit22, Riverside 1.   The first aid box and eyewash at Unit22, Riverside 1 every six months to make sure supplies are adequate and in date a record of this is kept in the office of Unit22, Riverside 1. If a visitor has an accident GPC Clear Solutions Limited personnel who are present should assist them to access appropriate medical treatment i.e. the local A+E department.

Should an Employee of GPC Clear Solutions have an accident it is their responsibility to report the accident and if needed to seek appropriate medical treatment.  

Accident Review

 A big part of providing a safe working environment is to prevent accidents etc happening in the first place.  

GPC Clear solutions Limited has risk assessments that are reviewed regularly and this is one of many methods that are used to prevent accidents etc.  Another way to prevent accidents is to review the accident book quarterly, to see if there are any trends or patterns to accidents. For example if there were five accidents in the same month due to a piece of equipment then during the review you would probably have the piece of machinery serviced, another example could be that six accidents in the quarter had occurred at roughly the same time, this would indicate that employees were getting tired and careless due to long hours and during the review employees hours and rest breaks would be looked through.

The review of the accident book takes place regularly and is recorded.

Risk assessments of the working environment, general health and safety and fire risk assessments are regularly reviewed by Amanda Crouch.  

RIDDOR

Current Legislation requires that some accidents, disease etc are formally reported.  GPC Clear solutions Limited are determined to put preventative measures in place in order for these occurrences to be minimal.  

The sort of accidents and diseases that are reportable under (RIDDOR) are injuries that are life threatening or cause substantial damage to the body, death or serious contagious illnesses, bad falls, trips etc that have not been risk assessed.

When an incident occurs GPC Clear Solutions limited are required to draw up a report, detailing the following information:

  • The circumstances of the accident including photographs and diagrams where ever possible
  • The nature and severity of the injury sustained
  • The identify of any eye witnesses
  • The time, date and location of the incident
  • The date of the report

All eyewitness accounts will be collected as near to the time of the accident as is reasonably practicable.  The Operations Manager will then write a report including how the accident occurred.  This will then be sent to the relevant HSE authority who may come and inspect and will put a action plan in place so that the incident does not occur again.

Amanda Crouch will do all the necessary reporting to the Health and Safety Executive.

PPE

Personal Protective equipment is a very important aspect of health and safety in the workplace.  You will be provided with the PPE you need.  It is GPC Clear Solutions Limited policy that PPE must be worn at all times when required.  

If as a GPC Clear Solutions Limited employee you are on a customer’s site its regulations must be adhered to e.g. hardhats, reflective clothing, steel toe cap boots, water proof boots etc.  

When you are in the laboratory at Unit22, Riverside, gloves and laboratory coat must be worn and safety glasses when appropriate. 

You must take gloves with you to site these will be provided by GPC Clear solutions Limited.  

Your safety and well being is of utmost importance and employees are expected to work as a team if your colleague forgets to put an item of PPE on please remind them.

If you are found to be on site or in the laboratory without your PPE on disciplinary action will be taken. 

COSHH

Within the working environment, many substances are routinely used that could potentially be injurious to health if not properly stored, handled or used correctly.  GPC Clear Solutions Limited is required by law to assess the risks from the use of substances at work.  A risk assessment will be conducted of all work involving exposure to hazardous substances.  The assessment will be based on manufacturers’ and suppliers’ health and safety guidance made available by the Health and Safety Executive.

GPC Clear Solutions Limited will ensure that exposure of workers to hazardous substances is minimised and adequately controlled in all cases.  All employees who will come into contact with hazardous substances will receive comprehensive and adequate training and information on the health and safety issues relating to that type of work.  Assessments will be reviewed periodically whenever there is a substantial modification to the work process. 

When GPC Clear Solutions Limited personnel are on customer’s premises they must adhere to onsite health and safety policies and complete onsite inductions as necessary.