Health & Safety policy

Statement of Intent

It is the policy of the Gould Alloys Limited (GAL) to provide a safe and healthy environment for all who are employed by GAL or visit GAL premises, or who may be affected by work done by GAL employees, in line with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992, and other relevant legislation.

In order to implement this policy, GAL will establish in detail a policy, procedures and organisational structure. As part of such procedures, hazards will be identified and monitored and the risks arising from such hazards will be regularly assessed to enable suitable control measures to be introduced and maintained. Training needs will be assessed for both management and other employees, and appropriate training will be planned, delivered and evaluated. All employees will be kept fully provided with information on health and safety matters affecting them.

It shall be the responsibility of the Chief Operations Officer of GAL or, in his absence, the Finance Director:

  • to ensure as part of his responsibility that the manager of individual departments in the company carry out this policy.
  • to nominate the Quality Manager to monitor and to report to him on the effectiveness of individual policies and procedures within the companies and to report on any major accident or safety related incident.
  • to establish and maintain an “Organisation” and “Arrangements” for ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees and other persons who may be affected by the activities of the companies. Hereinafter, any reference to health and safety includes welfare.
  • to monitor the extent to which the implementation of this Policy is successful in reducing risk

It is considered by GAL that safety is a fundamental responsibility ranking equally with other commercial functions, for the Managers operating throughout the company.

Managers will be required to make effective arrangements for identifying and controlling risk arising from their department, and in doing so will pay particular attention to the provision and maintenance of the following:

  • Plant, equipment and systems of work that are safe.
  • Safety arrangements for the use, handling, storage and transportation of articles and substances and products.
  • Sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to assist all employees to avoid hazards and contribute positively to their own safety and health at work.
  • A safe place of work, access to that place of work and egress from it.
  • A controlled healthy working environment bearing in mind the responsibilities under the COSHH Regulations.
  • Adequate welfare facilities.

Without detracting from the primary responsibility of Managers to ensure safe and healthy working conditions, the companies will provide competent technical and legal advice as required by Regulation 6 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 and any subsequent amendments.

Where appropriate, GAL will co-operate in the establishment of Safety Committees.

GAL remind all their employees of their duties under Section 7 and 8 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and expects them to take care of themselves and other persons whilst at work.