Health & Safety

General Statement of Intent

1. General statement of intent

1.1 Introduction

It is the policy of Newgate (Newark) Limited to undertake operations and service in such a manner as to ensure “as far as is practicable”, the Health, Safety and Welfare of its employees and all persons likely to be affected by its operations including the general public where appropriate.  It is our policy to co-operate where necessary with Employers, Contractors, and Customers in order to pursue our Health & Safety policy of prevention of injury and ill health. The company is committed to ongoing monitoring and review processes, so that continual improvement in the management of health and safety can be achieved.

Our general intentions are:

 To provide adequate control of the Health and Safety risks to employees and others arising from our work activities;

 To consult with our employees on matters affecting their Health & Safety;

 To provide and maintain safe plant and equipment;

 To ensure safe handling and use of substances;

 To provide adequate information, instruction, training and supervision for employees;

 To prevent accidents and cases of work related ill health;

 To maintain safe and healthy working conditions;

 To review and revise this policy at regular intervals.

 To ensure that Health and Safety is never to be compromised for other objectives

1.2 Scope

Design, manufacture, Supply, installation, service and maintenance of traffic barriers and gates and supply of spares parts.

1.3 Our employees

Employees are not to undertake duties which will expose them or others to a risk to their Health & Safety. The Company is committed to providing the necessary information, instruction, supervision and/or training to allow staff to undertake their duties in the interest of Health & Safety. Employees have a duty to take all reasonable steps to preserve and protect the Health and Safety of themselves and all other people affected by their acts and omissions and the operations of the Company. All Employees are expected to co-operate with the nominated 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. If we are to build and maintain a healthy and safe working environment, co-operation between workers at all levels is essential.

Employees also have the duty to co-operate with management to enable it to carry out its responsibilities with regard to Health, Safety and Welfare. The Company looks to every employee for continuous awareness of safety requirements, alerting us to existing and potential hazards, and the need for minimising and reporting them.

1.4 Communication

The Company will endeavour to communicate to employees their commitment to safety and to ensure that employees are familiar with the contents of the company Health and Safety Policy. The Company communicates with its employees and contractors orally, in the form of directions and statements from supervisors, in writing in the form of directives, this policy statement and by example. This policy will also provide a framework for setting and reviewing objectives.

1.5 Responsibility

The Company recognises their responsibility for the continuing implementation of and enhancement of the policy. Allocation of responsibilities within these procedures is defined herewith and these definitions include the limits of authority imposed on each individual. Where areas of responsibility are defined, those responsible are to ensure that employees are familiar with the work in hand, know the systems of work and understand any permit to work condition. Users of work equipment should inspect their equipment daily before use and portable equipment is to be inspected periodically as required by statute law.

1.6 Continuous improvement

We shall develop a framework for continual improvement by conducting regular audits, to ensure progress and management commitment. We shall take into account the latest technical development, scientific understanding, customer and client needs and community expectations. We shall ensure that all arrangements for occupational health & safety objectives policy statements are reviewed at IMS management review (Section 5.6) meetings to reflect suitability and the principles of the strategy for corporate responsibility.

1.7 Consultation

It is the Company policy to encourage consultation on all matters and occupational health & safety is taken as being a standing item on the agenda at all management meetings. The management see communication between workers at all levels as an essential part of effective health and safety management. Consultation will be facilitated by means of Safety Meetings as often as deemed necessary. The purpose of Safety Meetings is to provide a forum in which information may be conveyed and employee’s questions on health and safety issues answered. In addition these meetings will provide an opportunity to assess the continuing effectiveness of the policy.

1.8 Compliance

We shall ensure that all our activities meet regulations and legislation on a national and local level. Where no regulations exist, we will endeavour to set our own appropriate standards. We will also provide appropriate information if requested to interested parties.

1.9 Competency

In order to ensure that all our occupational health & safety complies with the current legislation and meets our obligations with regards to competency, where necessary in order to keep up to date we employ an Experienced Health & Safety Manager.