Safety Management System

At MP Construction Limited our current health and safety management system is based on HSG 65. However, in January 2010 we decided to adopt the OHSAS 18001 model and as of 2012 have received CHAS Accreditation. We will continue to use HSG 65 as we gradually integrate our new systems and procedures.

We use the HSG 65 model as we believe that the same sorts of event that cause injuries and illness can also lead to property damage and interrupt production. Therefore we aim to control all accidental loss by Identifying hazards and assessing risks, deciding what precautions are needed, putting them in place and checking they are used, they protect people, improve quality, and safeguards plant and production.

The MP Construction and Safety Policy

Our health and safety policy influences all of our activities, including the selection of people, equipment and materials, the way work is undertaken and how we provide our services. A written statement of our policy and the organisation and arrangements for implementing and monitoring it ensures that hazards have been identified and risks assessed, eliminated or controlled.

Organisation of our Employees

To make sure our health and safety policy is effective, we get our employees involved in health and safety matters and ensure that they are committed. This is achieved by ensuring:

  • Competence by recruitment, training and advisory support
  • Control by allocating responsibilities, securing commitment, instruction and supervision
  • Co-operation by between individuals and groups
  • Communication which can be spoken, written and visible

We ensure Competence by:

  • Assessing the skills needed to carry out all tasks safely
  • Provide the means to ensure that all employees, including our managers, supervisors and temporary employees, are adequately instructed and trained
  • Ensuring that people doing especially dangerous work have the necessary training, experience and other qualities to carry out the work safely
  • Commission external health and safety consultants for access to sound advice and help
  • Undertake restructuring or re-organisation to ensure the competence of those taking on new health and safety responsibilities

We ensure Control by:

    • Leading by example – directors and management demonstrate our commitment by following site rules and ensuring that the safety above production message is relayed and understood. They also provide clear direction to ensure everyone knows that health and safety is important
    • Identify people responsible for particular health and safety jobs especially where special expertise is called for, e.g. undertaking risk assessments, operating MEWPS, etc.
    • We ensure that managers, supervisors and team leaders understand their responsibilities and have the time and resources to carry them out. This commences with induction into the company where our beliefs and values are explained along with individual roles and responsibilities. This is re-iterated during committee meetings, management review meetings and board meetings
    • We also ensure everyone knows what they must do and how they will be held accountable. Each individual with health and safety responsibilities is issued with a form of appointment detailing their specific responsibilities. This is signed off by both the individual and the site manager at the commencement of each project

 

Co-operation is achieved by:

      • Ensuring that management chair our health and safety committee meetings. This enables us to consult our staff and their representatives
      • We involve our employees in planning and reviewing performance, writing procedures and solving problems
      • Co-ordinate and co-operate with our clients and contractors who we employ or who may be directly employed by the client

Communication is seen as a very important component of successful health and safety management. Therefore we:

      • Provide information about hazards, risks and preventive measures to employees and contractors working on our projects
      • Regularly discuss health and safety issues and listen to the views of our employees, contractors, clients, our health and safety manager and external health and safety consultants
      • We encourage our directors and managers to be ‘visible’ in leading by example

Planning and Setting Standards

Planning is the key to ensuring that our health and safety efforts really work. The way in which we plan for health and safety involves setting objectives, identifying hazards, assessing risks, implementing standards of performance and developing a positive health and safety culture. Our plans are written and provide for:

      • Identifying hazards and assessing risks, and deciding how they can be eliminated or controlled
      • Complying with all health and safety legislation that apply to our undertakings
      • The agreement of health and safety targets with managers, supervisors and employees
      • A purchasing and supply policy which takes health and safety into account
      • The design of tasks, processes, equipment, products / services and safe systems of work
      • Procedures to deal with serious and imminent danger
      • Co-operation with clients, enforcing authorities’ contractors, neighbours and the general public
      • The setting of standards against which performance can be measured

To achieve our objectives we adopt the SMARTER approach. That is to say:

SSpecificand also significant and stretching (although not over stretching)
MMeasurablebut also meaningful, motivational and manageable
AAchievablethis should also be agreed, actionable and aligned to our company systems and values
RRealisticadequately resourced, relevant and rewarding
TTime boundand trackable
EEvaluatedand also ethical, enjoyable and engaging
RRe-evaluatedthe re-evaluation should be searching and be recorded

Measurement of Performance

The measurement of our health and safety performance is undertaken to ascertain whether or not we have been successful in achieving our targets. To do this we need to know:

      • Where we are
      • Where we want to be
      • What is the difference and why

Active monitoring involves regular inspections, reviews audits, etc. (before things go wrong) to ensure that our standards are being implemented and management controls are working. Reactive monitoring involves accident and incident investigation (after things go wrong) where we learn from our mistakes, whether they have resulted in injuries and illness, property damage or near misses.

Audit and Review

Monitoring provides the information to let us review our activities and decide how to improve performance. Audits, by our own staff or third party consultants, complement monitoring activities by looking to see if our policy, organisation and systems are actually achieving our desired results. They tell us about the reliability and effectiveness of our systems. We can learn from our experiences.

Combine the results from measuring performance with information from audits to improve our approach to health and safety management. Review the effectiveness of our health and safety policy, paying particular attention to:

      • The degree of compliance with health and safety performance standards (including legislation)
      • Areas where standards are absent or inadequate
      • Achievement of stated objectives within given timescales
      • Injury, illness and incident data analyses of immediate and underlying causes, trends and common features

The OHSAS 18001 Model

The reason for gaining OHSAS 18001 accreditation is that we at MP Construction wish to:

    • Establish a health and safety management system to eliminate or minimise risk to employees and other interested parties who may be exposed to health and safety risks associated with our activities
    • Implement, maintain and continually improve our health and safety management system
    • Assure ourselves of its conformance with our stated health and safety policy
    • Demonstrate such conformance to others
    • Seek certification / registration of our health and safety management system by an UKAS accredited external organisation
    • Make a self-determination and declaration of conformance with this health and safety management system specification