Health & Safety
Upright Access is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all employees, visitors, contractors and others in the places of work we control.
Our focus is on sustainable, continuous improvement in health & safety performance through leadership and behavioural change.
Management has the ultimate responsibility for health & safety standards, however employees also have a responsibility to ensure their own safety, and the safety of others in the workplace.
We will systematically identify all hazards in our workplace by completing a Job Safety Analysis for the jobs we undertake. We will use Employee knowledge and experience, along with other available information from SARNZ, Site Safe, ACC and other sources to ensure our Job Safety Analysis has identified all relevant significant hazards and controls required to achieve our goal of minimising injuries, incidents and accidents.
We will maintain a list of our chemical hazards and will obtain Material Safety Data Sheets for them. All Employees will have immediate access to MSDS when working with these chemicals.
Our completed Job Safety Analysis will be used for new Employee Inductions, Employee Training, Toolbox Safety Meetings and Workplace Inspections.
We will provide reasonable opportunities for our Employees to participate effectively in ongoing processes for improvement in health and safety. This includes involving them in Hazard Reporting, the Job Safety Analysis process, a Training Needs Assessment, Safety Meetings and Accident Investigations.
Hazards reported by Employees and ways of controlling them will be entered into the Hazard Register. Job Safety Analyses will be updated regularly to reflect all newly reported hazards and work tasks.
Employee Induction and Training
We will induct all new Employees to the significant hazards they will likely encounter working on our sites.
All Employees will undertake Site Safe Passport induction training every two years so that they receive an ongoing common and basic understanding of construction safety and so that they are prepared to actively participate in our own safety activities.
All Employees will be trained to safely carry out their work. We will identify the specific types of training each Employee requires based on his or her responsibilities, we will arrange training to ensure they are able to act safely carrying out these responsibilities. We will use Job Safety Analysis to ensure we cover the relevant hazards and controls for each Employee. We will maintain a record of all training activities for each Employee.
We will hold regular monthly Safety Meetings. These meetings will be used to discuss hazards and controls that will be encountered while working on-site. We will involve our Employees in these meetings asking for their input about the hazards and controls needed to do their jobs safely. We will also develop and discuss Job Safety Analysis during our Safety Meetings. We will record our Safety Meetings and display them on our Safety Notice Board.
Monitoring and Supervision
We will monitor our workplace to ensure that our planned controls are implemented and are effective in eliminating, isolating or minimising hazards. We will supervise Employees to ensure they understand our required controls and the consequences of not implementing them.
We will recognise and encourage safe Employee actions and we will coach and train Employees who we observe acting unsafely.
When new hazards are identified or where their planned controls do not effectively eliminate, isolate or minimise hazards, they will be entered onto the Hazard Register. New and effective ways of dealing with these hazards will be developed.
Incident Reporting and Investigating
We will encourage our Employees to report all incidents and accidents. We will not blame Employees for reporting or having incidents, but will look at our Company’s own policies and procedures that may have lead to them. We will investigate all reported incidents and accidents to determine the contributing and root causes and we will take immediate corrective action to eliminate those causes.
In the event of a serious harm incident we will take all necessary steps to prevent further injury and we will secure the site to ensure it is not disturbed. We will immediately notify MoBIE by ringing the number posted on the Emergency Plan.
Any MoBIE Notices placed on work activities on any site under our control will be complied with.
For each of our sites we will develop relevant emergency information.
We will train our Employees working on each site in their responsibilities under the Emergency Plan.
Our Employees will have access to a mobile phone, stocked first aid kit and a fire extinguisher at all times they are working on-site.
All Visitors to sites under our control will be supervised at all times. Visitors will be inducted to the site specific hazards, site rules, Emergency Plan and they will be required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). We will maintain an Induction/Visitor Register.
Plant and Equipment
We will provide our Employees with plant and equipment that is safe for its intended use and that is maintained in safe condition. We will provide personal protective clothing and equipment required to minimise hazards to our Employees. We will ensure the use of this equipment by our Employees.
- Comply with the Health & Safety in Employment Act, and associated regulations, codes of practice, guidelines and standards.
- Accurately report, record, and investigate all injuries or near miss incidents.
- Take all practicable steps to eliminate, isolate or minimise harm from hazards.
- Provide employees with health and safety training, education and supervision.
- Put in place procedures for dealing with emergencies that may arise.
- Support the safe and early return to work of injured employees.
- Consult with staff and their representatives on all health and safety matters.
- Maintain an understanding of health and safety management relative to their positions.
- Actively contribute to hazard identification and management.
- Report work related injuries and incidents promptly and accurately.
- Adopt safe work practices.
- Encourage others to do the same.
- Participate in safe and early return to work programmes.
- The Director is the senior manager designated to ensure there is appropriate support and resourcing for health & safety management and initiatives in the workplace.