14/02/2013

This is the Health and Safety Policy Statement of GWB Tree Solutions Tree Surgery and Forestry

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Our policy is to provide and maintain safe and healthy, environment, working conditions, equipment, and systems of works in our workplace. It is also our policy to provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities. We will ensure safe handling and use of substances. We will also provide such information, training, and supervision, as is needed for this purpose. We also acknowledge responsibility for the health and safety for other people who may be affected by our work and activities.

The allocation for safety matters and the particular arrangements that we will make to implement the policy are set out below. The policy will be kept up to date, particularly as the business changes in nature and size. To ensure this, our policy and the way it is operated will be reviewed annually.

William Benny
Date 14/02/2015
Review Date 14/02/2016

Responsibilities

William Benny has overall responsibility as H&S Officer, for health and safety in the Company.

He is responsible for ensuring that all matters relating to health and safety are addressed within the Company and that the policy is kept up to date and reviewed regularly. He is also responsible for the implementation of the Health and Safety Policy, the co-ordination of the undertaking of risk assessments, and the implementation and monitoring of any controls that are imposed as a result of the risk assessments.

He has day-to-day responsibility for ensuring that the health and safety policy is put in to practice and that any controls are put in to practice or are carried out.

All employees/sub-contractors have the responsibility to co-operate with the Company to achieve a safe and healthy workplace and to take reasonable care of themselves and others and not to interfere with anything provided to safeguard their health and safety. An employee has a responsibility to let the Health & Safety officer know if there is a matter relating to health and safety that should be brought to their attention for action.

Implementation of Policy

The Health & Safety Officer will ensure that all employees/sub-contractors have access to the Health and Safety Policy. Each employee will be given a copy of the general policy on commencement of his or her employment/contract.

Risk Assessments

William Benny shall be responsible for undertaking risk assessments as required by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Risk assessments will be undertaken with all relevant employees, sub-contractors and others who will be present at a place of work. The results of the risk assessments will be recorded in writing, safety procedures decided upon and implemented to ensure adequate levels of health safety and welfare.

Below is a simple outline of a risk assessment showing how it should be carried out.

Example – Risk Assessment

  1. Identify the hazards
    First, identify what the hazards are. Look for hazards that you could reasonably expect to result in significant harm.
  2. Identify who might be harmed and how
    Identify people who might be harmed by the hazard, including employees and subcontractors, other workers in the workplace and members of the public.
  3. Evaluating the risks from identified hazards
    Risks from identified hazards need to be evaluated. If there are no hazards there are no risks. It is also necessary to:
    • Observe the actual practice.
    • Address what actually happens in the workplace or during the work activity;
    • Take account of existing preventative measures; if existing measures are not adequate, consider what more should be done to reduce the risk sufficiently.
  4. Review & Revision
    Review the Assessment. Check that the precautions for each hazard that was identified is still adequately controlled.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

All employees should read the specific site risk assessments that give details of the site emergency procedures.

Accidents & First Aid

William Benny is the trained and appointed First Aider, working in accordance of government regulations as per RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences’) 1995.

First Aid boxes are located in the cab of each work vehicle. If the team is working remotely from the vehicle a first aid kit is carried by one member of the team. Each climber carries a personal first aid kit.

The appointed First Aider is responsible for ensuring that the First Aid Boxes are kept fully stocked and equipped. Each climber is responsible for ensuring that his or her personal First Aid kit is fully stocked and equipped.

All injuries, incidents, and dangerous occurrences at work involving employees or members of the public must be reported and recorded in the Accident Book.

The First Aider keeps the Accident Book.

Major accidents or incidents are to be reported to the Enforcing Authority quickly by phone or fax. These and other specified injuries or incidents must also be reported by submitting a completed F2508 report form to the Authority within ten days of the incidents.

The First Aider is responsible for reporting accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences to the enforcing authority.

Safe Plant and Equipment

William Benny is responsible for identifying all equipment / plant needing maintenance.

It will be ensured that all identified maintenance is implemented and that records of any inspection, servicing or maintenance of equipment/plant is recorded and that records are maintained.

Inspections to be made for climbing, lifting and lowering equipment, will be made by appointed inspectors to meet LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) 98 standards. This will be done periodically as needed.

It is ensured that employees are given adequate information, instruction and training in relation to the use of plant/equipment. Records of any information, instruction and training are kept and maintained where necessary.

Safe Handling and Use of Substances

Using chemicals or other hazardous substances at work can put people's health at risk. The law requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health. The main law on hazardous substances at work is the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 ("COSHH"). It defines hazardous substances to include most hazardous chemicals (including waste and by-products), biological agents and any dust. Harmful substances that are covered by COSHH include the vast majority of commercial chemicals, many of which have a warning label. Examples may include bleach and other cleaning agents with a warning label, wood dust, glues and adhesives, solvents, paints, pesticides and chemical fertiliser, medicines and biological agents, oils and fuels, printer/photocopier toner, inks, and paper dust. This list is not exhaustive. William Benny is responsible for identifying all substances that need a COSHH assessment. William Benny is responsible for undertaking COSHH assessments. William Benny is responsible for ensuring that all actions identified in the assessments are implemented. William Benny is responsible for ensuring that all relevant employees are informed of the COSHH assessments. William Benny is responsible for checking that new substances can be used safely before they are purchased. Assessments will be reviewed every year or when the work activity changes, whichever is soonest.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

William Benny will be responsible for ensuring that, where the need for PPE is identified, that it is suitable for the activity it is required for and that it is suitable for the individual using it.

Driving at Work

It is the policy of this Company to ensure that staff that are required to drive as part of their work activities are competent to drive.
William Benny will be responsible for ensuring that staff who are required to drive are competent to drive and will keep and maintain records on checks carried out on their driving licenses.
All staff are responsible for ensuring that any car accident is reported.
It is the Company’s policy to ensure that an employee using their own vehicle for the purpose of work must also have insurance that covers them for Business Use.

Lone Workers

It is the policy of this Company that staff who work by themselves without close or direct supervision or those who have to visit other premises, should make sure their colleagues or manager know where they are going and when they will be back and should record their visit in their diary or on the office signboard.

It is the Company’s Policy to advise staff who work by themselves without close or direct supervision or those who have to visit other premises, to take a mobile phone with them where practical.

Information, Instruction and Supervision

The Health and Safety Law Poster is displayed in the workplace.

Contact William Benny via the contact email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request copies of the Company’s Certificates of Public Liability Insurance and Employer’s Liability insurance.

Supervision of trainees will be undertaken and monitored by William Benny.

For further details on specific arboriculture procedure and practice please send a request to the contact email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Relating files to Agriculture Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG) documents will be sent. These files can also be found on the Government HSE website: www.hse.gov.uk.