At Alpine Works, health and safety is central to everything we do.
As the NEBOSH*-qualified Health & Safety Manager for the company, my task is to ensure that we maintain a safe and healthy working environment on all our contracts – in compliance with our Health and Safety Policy, working procedures and our BS OHSAS 18001 certification, as well as our CHAS (Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme) and SAFEcontractor accreditation (Certificate No OF5294).
(*National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health)
We manage our compliance through our commitment to safeguard the working environment, support our people, inform them of the importance of health and safety and involve them in securing it:
- Safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all our clients, employees and subcontractors while at work, and provide, so far as is reasonably practicable, working environments which are safe and without risks to health.
- Provide and maintain safe plant and work equipment.
- Conduct our undertakings in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that people not in our employment but who may be affected by its undertakings, are not exposed to risks to their health and safety.
- Establish and encourage safe methods of working.
- Recruit and appoint personnel who have the skills, abilities and competence commensurate with their role and level of responsibility.
- Ensure that tasks given to employees / subcontractors are within their skills, knowledge and ability to perform.
- Provide adequate resources including the finance to meet these obligations.
- Ensure that health and safety competence is maintained through the provision of training and refresher training as appropriate.
- Promote awareness of health and safety and of good practice through the effective communication of relevant information.
- Ensure that responsibilities for Health and Safety matters are understood and maintained at all levels.
- Encourage all employees to contribute actively towards achieving a safe working environment.
In support of the above, we will draw up an HSQE (Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental) Plan during the pre-construction phase of any contract; and ensure that regular updates of any Health & Safety-related issues or incidents are reported to our clients as work proceeds.
We also ensure that we keep up to date with current legislation and best practice (e.g. with support from MEL Health & Safety Consultants Ltd, our external H&S advisers, as well as regular RoSPA bulletins and updates). We also have clear internal procedures for all activities that are health or safety-related (including Manual handling, First aid, Equipment, Hazardous substances, Risk assessment, Medical fitness, Working at heights, Accident reporting, Near miss events, Live electric working, Asbestos working, etc.) These and all relevant information are communicated to our employees working on our client accounts and underpin all our safe working practices.
Finally, we monitor and audit our Health & Safety practices to ensure effective management, transparency and secure the buy-in of all our staff to maintaining good practice. As Health & Safety Manager, I support our Contract Managers with advice and by conducting monthly assessments in addition to spot checks if required. We are externally audited twice a year by BSI for our BS OHSAS 18001 accreditation and are also supported by MEL Health & Safety Consultants, who work independently and carry out monthly site audit visits, reporting on our performance on a site-by-site basis.
Jon Elborn, Health & Safety Manager