Health & Safety Policy

RHL Australasia PTY (“The Company”) is committed to the protection of the health, safety and welfare of its employees whilst they are at work.  This protection also extends to invited visitors and contractors whilst on company premises. The Company recognises that effective management systems and procedures have an important role in the prevention of accidents/injuries and incidents of ill health.

The objectives of this policy are: -

  • The progressive elimination, reduction or control of health and safety risks based on their assessment following the identification of hazards.
  • Acceptance by all personnel of health and safety as a major responsibility.
  • The fulfilment of legal requirements and standards.

The Company will ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to:

  • Safeguard the health, safety and welfare of all employees
  • To protect non-employees, property and the environment from any hazard created by the Company’s operations.

To meet these responsibilities the Company will assess health & safety risk within its operations and develop, implement and monitor the effectiveness of suitable working standards to minimise such risk, as far as it is reasonably practicable.

All management and employees are required to be involved in achieving these objectives.

Management Responsibilities

Management is committed to and responsible for the achievement of the following objectives:

  • Accept ultimate responsibility for the health, safety and welfare standards within the Company. Standards prescribed by legislation will form the minimum basis for operating.
  • Provide and maintain safe plant & equipment.
  • Regularly reviewing and revise where necessary, the Company’s health & safety policy at regular intervals.
  • Providing adequate resources to ensure that standards are implemented effectively and that competent advice on health & safety matters is available to management.
  • Consult with employees on matters affecting their Health & Safety.
  • Prevent accidents and cases of work related ill health
  • To maintain safe and healthy working conditions.
  • Ensure that all employees are aware of the health & safety risks connected with their duties and have received adequate training to enable them to perform and agree standards or work procedures.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of standards and work procedures, and regularly reassess the health and safety risks.

Employee Responsibilities

All employees must accept responsibility to: -

  • Take reasonable care of their own and colleagues’ health & safety and that of other people who may be affected by their actions at work.
  • Co-operate fully with management in ensuring that all health and safety standards and working procedures adopted by the Company are adhered to.
  • Report immediately to management any working situation which they consider to be a danger to the health, safety or welfare of themselves or others

Fire & Fire Evacuation Procedure

Fire can lead to loss of life, injury, loss of jobs, buildings and equipment.

In the event of a fire on the premises, all employees must proceed as quickly as possible to fire assembly points. Employees should make themselves familiar with the procedure and from time to time will be involved in fire drills.  All employees have a responsibility to take all possible precautions to reduce the risk of fire.

Fire Evacuation Procedure

If you discover a fire:

  • Raise the alarm – Shout “Fire!” then operate the nearest break glass call point (if provided).

On hearing the alarm:

  • Begin evacuation to the pre-determined place of safety (Fire Assembly Point), closing doors behind you, but don’t delay
  • Leave by the nearest fire exit
  • Walk in an orderly fashion, do not run
  • Do not stop to collect belongings
  • Do not use lifts

Use an extinguisher only if and when:

  • The Alarm has been raised 
  • The Fire Emergency Procedure is under way
  • The fire is no bigger than the size of a waste bin
  • You are trained and confident in the use of extinguishers
  • It is safe to do so

Accidents

 

All accidents involving personal injury no matter how slight must be reported to a first aider for treatment and entered in the Accident Book, which is located in each branch office.

Under normal circumstance accidents must be reported immediately after they occur by entry into the accident book.  In some circumstances this may not be possible (e.g. if an accident occurs off site and the injured person is absent from work).  In such cases, the accident must be notified to the company within 48 hours so that the necessary entry can be made in the accident book and an investigation can commence.

Failure to comply with the above may result in disciplinary action unless there are genuine mitigating circumstances.

Hazard Reporting

Employees are encouraged to report any hazards that they identify to their line manager.

Personal Protective Clothing & Equipment

Where safety regulations require items of protective clothing or equipment to be worn or used, they will be provided and failure to conform to these regulations will result in disciplinary action and may lead to dismissal.

Manual Handling

Many injuries that occur at work are caused by failure to move or handle items safelyThe two worst things you can do when manual handling are twisting and stooping and the combined effect is more than cumulative. You can protect yourself and minimise the risks by following the following guidelines:

  • Assess how heavy or awkward the item is and if appropriate ask for help.
  • Plan how to hold the item and get a good grip (wear gloves if necessary).
  • Stand close to the item with your feet apart (one foot slightly further forward than the other) and spread your weight evenly, bend your knees and lift with your legs keeping your back in a natural line.
  • Lift smoothly and keep the load close to your body.  Avoid twisting your body.
  • When carrying an object keep your arms tucked in and make sure you can see where you are going.
  • If equipment is provided make sure you use it correctly.

Drugs and Alcohol

It is the responsibility of the Company to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable the health, safety and well being of all employees.  Employees who are under the influence of drugs and or alcohol whilst at work may adversely influence their own safety and that of their colleagues. (The Drugs and Alcohol Policy can be found in the appendix section).