Our Policies

W M Walsh Health & Safety Policies

Occupational Health and Safety Policy
Environmental Policy
Quality Policy
Alcohol and Drugs Policy

Occupational Health and Safety Policy

The Organisation is totally committed to the Health and Safety of its employees, visitors, subcontractors and others affected, and this goal is consistently achieved at all levels through the operation of its OHSMS which satisfies all the requirements of OHSAS 18001. No element of the system shall be altered without the consent of the Health and Safety Manager.

An OHSAS manual has been implemented and is maintained, and objectives have been set to manage and continuously improve OHS effectiveness. This information is held by the individuals concerned and their managers, and is available to any employee, the public and/or interested parties on request. Overall objectives include reduction of accidents and incidents, increased employee awareness, the implementation of best practices where appropriate and the prevention of potential accidents through the introduction of risk reporting.

The Organisation recognises that health and safety is an integral part of the business and that achieving the highest degree of OHS performance through continual improvement, with compliance to legal requirements (and any other requirements to which the Organisation subscribes) as the minimum requisite, encourages and maintains good cooperation and communication between all levels of employees, and leads to continual cost-effective improvements in business performance.

Ultimate responsibility for health and safety within the Organisation is that of the Managing Director, but OHS is a prime responsibility of all management from the most senior executive to first-line supervisory level. It is also the responsibility of everyone in the Organisation and the development, awareness, training and involvement of all people in health and safety matters.

All employees are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of themselves, visitors and the people they work with. Any neglect of health and safety requirements shall be treated with the utmost seriousness and can lead to disciplinary measures. It is the responsibility of the Organisation to provide adequate and appropriate resources to implement this policy. The Health and Safety Manager shall support, advise and review matters concerning this policy as necessary. The Organisation is also actively involved with the company's Employees Health and Safety Charter.

This policy has been communicated to all employees and affected persons and is available to interested parties on request. The policy is reviewed at the annual management review to confirm that it is relevant and appropriate to the Organisation and its activities. Should matters of health and safety come to light which may be of interest (particularly matters considered to be beneficial) to other sites in the Organisation, it is the duty of the Managing Director or QHSE Management to make those matters known through the appropriate channels.

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Environmental Policy

The Organisation is totally committed to the care of the environment and this goal is constantly achieved at all levels through the operation of its environmental management system, which is appropriate to the nature, scale and environmental impacts of its activities, its products and services.

An environmental management system manual has been implemented and is maintained, reflecting the aims of senior management and demonstrating a commitment to continual improvement and prevention of pollution.

Procedures have been put in place that provide the framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets, based on a systematic process of evaluation to include severity in both normal and abnormal/emergency conditions.

The Organisation recognises the importance of environmental protection and is committed to operating the business responsibly and in compliance with all environmental regulations, legislation and approved codes of practice. It is the Organisation's objective to operate with, and to maintain, good relations with all regulatory bodies.

"In all of our activities, we will continuously work towards reducing our impact on the environment"

It is the Organisation's declared policy to carry out all environmentally desirable requirements and to continually improve environmental performance, through the implementation of the following:

  • Assess and regularly re-assess the environmental effects of the Organisation’s activities.
  • Training of employees in environmental issues.
  • Minimise the production of waste.
  • Minimise material wastage.
  • Minimise energy wastage.
  • Promote the use of recyclable and renewable materials.
  • Reduce and/or limit the production of pollutants to water, land and air.
  • Control noise emissions from operations.
  • Minimise to an absolute minimum the risk to the general public and employees from operations and activities undertaken by the Organisation.

"This we will achieve by raising employee awareness and incorporating environmental issues into the day-to-day running of our business"

This policy is reviewed and updated as necessary, is communicated to all employees and is available to the public and any interested parties on request.

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Quality Policy

The Organisation is committed to this quality policy and is dedicated to provide products/services free of encumbrances, within specified times and agreed financial parameters.

The management undertakes to:

  1. Develop and improve the Quality Management System.
  2. Continually improve the effectiveness of the Quality Management System.
  3. Ensure that customer needs and expectations are determined and fulfilled with the aim of achieving customer satisfaction.
  4. Communicate throughout the Organisation the importance of meeting customer needs and legal requirements.
  5. Establish the Quality Policy, its objectives and commitment.
  6. Conduct Management Reviews of the effectiveness of the implementation of the Quality Management System.
  7. Ensure the availability of resources.
  8. Ensure all English and EEC legislation and regulations are compliant and complies with all legislation specifically related to its business activities.
  9. This Quality/Environmental Policy is regularly reviewed in order to ensure its continuing suitability.

OUR COMMITMENT

Customers: To make the satisfaction of customers' needs the primary goal by working with them to identify and satisfy their requirements, now and in the future.

Staff: To develop a working environment which recognises and rewards their contribution to the Organisation and encourages their personal involvement and development.

Business: To ensure profitable growth of the Organisation's business which provides an acceptable return on investments by delivering value for money products and/or services to its customers.

Leadership: To adopt a consistently open, participative leadership style to harness the skills and enthusiasm of the workforce.

Training: To provide training opportunities and resources to support the achievement of the Organisation's objectives and for development of individuals.

Teamwork: It is management's responsibility to lead quality programmes and for involvement of all the Organisation through effective teamworking.

Responsibility: It is the responsibility of all Organisation personnel to abide by the Organisation's policies and systems at all times and for drawing any concerns to the attention of relevant management as and when they may occur.

Planning: Continuous quality improvements will be handled through a planned and structured programme throughout all facets of the Organisation's business.

Competition: To aim to provide superior products, delivery and service than its competitors in the markets in which it chooses to compete.

Suppliers: To maintain beneficial relationships with preferred suppliers and thus develop with them closer and stronger ties.

Community: To recognise responsibilities to the communities and environments in which the Organisation serves.

This policy is reviewed and updated as necessary, is communicated to all employees and is available to the public and any interested parties on request.

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Alcohol and Drugs Policy

  1. Anyone found under the influence of or in possession of alcohol, illegal drugs or non prescription drugs must be removed from Organisation premises and/or areas under the Organisation’s control and would be subjected to disciplinary measures. Anyone found smoking in a designated ‘No Smoking’ area must be instructed to extinguish the cigarette immediately in a safe manner and be subjected to disciplinary measures (see Appendix). Special consideration must be given to Client conditions and requirements regarding this subject when working on their premises/Contracts.
  2. Random drug screening may be carried out on employees engaged on safety critical work. If tests prove positive for alcohol, drugs or non prescription drugs this would be classified as a breach of the Organisation Health and Safety Policy and would therefore result in disciplinary procedures which could include dismissal. The standards for a positive test shown below for Drugs and Alcohol will be used by the Organisation as the standard generally. Organisation Management should check the standards of positive tests with all the Organisation’s Clients and if there are standards for positive tests lower than the figures below, then those lower standards will be adopted by the Organisation for that particular Client.
  3. Employees should note that it may take more than 24 hours for alcohol in blood to disperse. Employees should carefully consider this aspect, particularly those who are engaged on safety critical work, or those employees engaged on Contracts where the Organisation’s Clients specify very low acceptable alcohol levels.
  4. Any Organisation employee found under the influence, or in possession of illegal drugs or non prescription whilst at work, will be removed from site immediately and the matter reported to the Police. This type of offence will be classified as a major breach of the Organisation Health and Safety Policy which would result in the employee being dismissed.
  5. All employees required to work on the Organisation’s premises/Contract are required to be formally briefed on the Drugs and Alcohol Policy. Each employee receiving the standard Organisation’s pack of documentation, which is inclusive of the Drugs and Alcohol Policy, are to receive a briefing covering this subject as a part of their Induction for the Contract works prior to starting work.

Records required to be kept on Alcohol and Drugs Policy briefing, i.e., a Register.

Positive screening results
For the purpose of the standards, means that screening for drugs:
The presence of drugs, other than medication which does not affect the work performance.
For the purpose of the standard, means that screening for alcohol showing:
More than 29 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, or
More than 13 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, or
More than 39 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine.

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