Safety Statement

D M C Utility Services
4 St Mary’s Terrace , Rosslare Harbour, Co. Wexford.

Health & Safety Statement

Safety Statement

This statement sets out the health & safety policy of D M C Utility Services and the means through which that policy is to be implemented. Our objective is to provide a safe and healthy place of work for all the staff members and to meet all our duties and obligations to our clients.

It is D M C Utility Services intention to protect our employees ,subcontractors, and clients from ill health at place of work. The company will seek to ensure that all our tools and equipment does not constitute a risk to the health and safety to any one at the place of work and will consult with employees, subcontractors and clients to make improvements .

 

Our approach to Health & Safety as far as is reasonably practicable will be;

1. To provide a safe place of work

2. To continue to identify and control hazards.

3. To prevent as far as is reasonable possible, any improper conduct or behaviour
likely to put health, safety and welfare of employers subcontractors and clients
at risk.

4. To consult with our safety on our all our health and safety matters.

5. To provide protective clothing and equipment where necessary.

6. To provide a safe means of entering and leaving the work area.

7. To provide a safe system of work practices.

8. To provide appropriate information and training for employees on a continuous
basis.

9. To make health and safety a key issue.

 

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Employer responsibilities

The responsibility for the provision of a safe place of work rests with the Management of D M C Utility Services.

These responsibilities are

1. To maintain a safe and healthy work environment for employees, in addition to
conforming to all current statutory requirements.

2. To provide the appropriate type and level of training to enable employees to
perform their work safety and efficiently.

3. To make the appropriate equipment available to ensure health and safety.

4. To maintain a vigilant and a continuing interest in all health and safety matters
relevant to the company and employees.

 

Employee responsibilities

As a valued employee of D M C Utility Services you have a responsibility to yourself and fellow workers to carry out your work in a safe and considerate manner.

Employees must

1. Co-Operate with the company in maintaining a safe work place.

2. Report any potential hazards they , in the employeess opinion exist.

3. Be aware of the nearest emergency exists, and where fire fighting and first aid
equipment in stored.

4. Never interfere with or misuse anything provided by the company in the interest
of health and safety.

5. Read the company health and safety statement and obey all mandatory signs.

6. Not partake in any form of horseplay or prank likely to lead in injury to you or to
others

 

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Training

The company is committed to identifying the safety training needs on an on-going basis. Employees will be involved in the identification of hazards pertaining to their area. Employees will be trained to respond to such hazards in order to prevent accidents, injury to themselves, their colleagues and clients.

All employees will be trained in emergency procedures and where appropriate, employees will be trained in the use of special machinery and equipment. All employees will trained in the correct techniques involved in safe manual handling.

Training records will be maintained by the Company Director and will contain the following information.

. Date of instruction or exercise.

. Duration.

. Name of preconceiving instructions

. Nature and content of instruction.

Consultation

The company is committed to consulting with its employees regarding health, safety and the welfare in the office and in the identification of hazards and are trained in dealing with the hazards identified.

The safety statement will be in induction training and employees will be advised to deal with problems that arise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reporting of accidents

Employees are required to report all accidents and near misses, whether resulting in injury or not to management. Under the Health Safety and Welfare at work general application regulation 1993, employers must report certain occurrences to the Health and Safety Authority and ensure records are kept on site for a period of 10 years.

The following details are required

. Date Time and place of the incident.

. Name, Address, Occupation and age of the injured person.

. Circumstances, including cause and nature of the injury and the arrangements
made for its treatment.


All accidents will be investigated by a member of management and a written report prepared. Corrective will be taken.

 

 

Hazard Analysis

A hazard is anything at work that might cause harm e.g.

. Electricity

. Water

. Power Tools

. Hot Works

. Deep Excavation

. Confined Space

. Noise

. Moving Machinery

. Working at heights

. Slips Trips and Falls
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Bullying

D M C Utility Services in committed to ensuring that employees work in an environment free of harassment , including sexual and racial

Site management have a duty to ensure that this policy is adhered.

This policy is communicated to all employees through industry training.

D M C Utility Services will utilise the code of practice for employers and employees on the prevention and resolution of Bullying at work when dealing with any Bullying issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Smoking, alcohol and drugs

It is not permissible to attend work under the influence of intoxicating liqor or drugs. The smoking of tobacco products is prohibited in the offices and work areas of D M C Utility Services. Smoking can take place at least 5 meters away the from the office, 5 meters from the work area or at the clients discression.
This smoking policy foms part of the overall health and safety policy and any breach will be dealt with under the companys disciplinary procedure.

Visitors subcontractors and temporary employees are expected to abide by the terms of this policy .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Manual Handling

Manual handling is defined as the transporting of a load by one or more employees and includes lifting, putting down, pushing, carrying or moving a load which by reason of its characteristics or of unfavourable ergonomic conditions involves risks, particularly of back injury to employees

This is a priority issue because it is a major cause of accidents in the workplace . It is D M C Utility Services policy to minimise the need for manual handling of loads and so therefore should be avoided as far as is reasonably practicable.

Employees must check the weight of the load befour attempting to lift it and if the load isnto heavy get help.

When lifting follow the following basic principles.

. Relax the knees, lowering movements should start at the knees not at the head.

. Get close to the object to be lifted. Get a good balance by keeping the feet apart.
one foot will automatically be ahead of the other.

. When in position, bend the knees and lift with the strong muscles in the legs .

. Lift gradually, smoothly and without jerking, keeping the object close to the body
and the back straight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abrasive Wheels

All employees should be trained and be competent in the use of Abrasive Wheels.

Risks

. Injury from flying particles.

. Bursting of wheel or disk.

. Cuts.

. Electric shock.

. Hearing damage.

. Amputation due to entanglement.

. Fire and or explosion.

Before use checks should be made to plugs, cables etc, and where faults are found, these should be rectified before using equipment.

Operators will wear eye protection, face guard, ear protection, gloves when using abrasive wheels.

Operators must not wear loose clothing.

Built in safety devices must not be interfered with.

Abrasive wheels should be used and maintained in accordance with manufacturers specifications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fire procedures

In the event of a fire and providing there is no danger to the person concerned every effort should be made to extinguish or contain the fire until the arrival of the fire brigade. The magnitude of the out out break must dictate whether attacking the fire should take priority over reporting and evacuation.

All employees should should be familiar with the exit routes and should also know the location and type of fire extinguishers in the office.

While hot works is been carried out a fire watch man will be on standby in the event of a fire breaking out.

The fire watch man will keep watch over the hot works for one hour after the works is completed.

If you discover a fire you should

. Activate the fire alarm.

. If there is reasonable hope extinguishing the blaze, attack the fire immediately.

. Leave the building, work site, by the nearest fire exit and proceed to your
designated assembly points.

If you hear the alarm you should

. Switch off any equipment under your control and leave the building, work site by
the nearest exit.

. Do not stop to collect personal belongings.

. Once outside, do not enter the building, work site until you are told it is safe to do
so.

Management will on occasion perform fire drills to ensure that procedures are known and followed in the event of a fire.

 

 

 

 

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Working at Heights

Work at height is work in any place, including a place at about or below ground level. Where a person could be injured if they fell from that place. Access and egress to a place of work can also be work at height.

Examples of working at heights .

. Working on trestles.

. Working on a flat roof.

. Working on a ladder.

. Working at ground level adjacent to an excavation.

Risk

. Personal injury.

. Death.

Carry out risk assessment for work at heights activities and make sure that all work is planned, organised and carried out by a competent person.

Follow the general principles of prevention for managing risks from work at heights, take steps to avoid, prevent or reduce risks.

Choose the right work equipment ,such as (guard rails and working platforms ) before other measures which may only reduce the distance and consequences of a fall such as (nets, beenbags ) or may only provide fall arrest personal protection rquipment.

Requirements for employer

. All work at heights is properly planned and organised.

. A risk assessment is carried out for all work conducted at heights.

. Equipment used for work at heights is properly inspected and maintained
. People working at heights are competent.

Risk assessment should include a careful examination of what could be caused from working at heights with a view to take the effective steps to reduce the likelihood of this harm occurring.

 

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Exception where regulations do not apply

. Walking up and down a stairs.

. Working in an office on the upper floors of a temporary accommodation building.

. Work carried out by private individuals on their own homes where it is not for the
purpose of the business.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chains, Slings and Lifting tackle

Chains, Slings and Lifting Tackle are a very effective way of lifting and moving heavy loads as long as they are used in the right way

Failure to use Chains, Slings and Lifting Tackle in the right way could lead to accident or even death.

Risk

. Harm due to fall from heights.

. Harm due to struck by materials

. Eye injury.

. Back injury.

. Skin damage.

Only employees that are trained and have the competence to chain and sling materials for lifting are permitted to do so .

Use the right length, width, strength and protection of sling for the job.

Check the safe working load marked in the eye of the sling and colour code or certificate.

Check that the sling is in good condition .

Never stand or work under a load

If choking a load with slings, check that the load still hangs level when lifted.

Return the slings to the store after use.

Never use bolts to shorten a chain

 

 

 

 

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Slips, Trips and Falls

People may inherently consider Slips, Trips and Falls to be funny, so long as it is clear that no one is hurt. This inherent perception could be a serious issue in getting people to take Slips, Trips and Falls seriously. It my be necessary to remind people of the potential gravity of workplace Slips, Trips and Falls.

Causes of Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips may be more significant than Trips and Falls. While this may point towards prioritising Slip risks. It is very important to also deal with Trip risks, Fall risks Misstep and lost Footing or Balance as they also cause injuries.

Risk

. Manual Handling.

. Footpaths, Corridors and Halls.

. Floor Cleaning .

. Vehicles.

. Stairs and Steps.

. Wet Surfaces.

In relation to Stairs and Steps both ascending and descending can be hazardous. Descending a stairs may be more likely to cause accidents and these accidents may result in more serious injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Noise

Noise levels that reach 80dBA and over are deemed to be unsafe and the use of ear protection must be used.

Risk

. Hearing loss

When noise levels reach 85dBA and over the wearing of ear protection equipment is mandatory.

The setting up of exclusion zones will restrict access to the area. Appropriate warning signs will be posted.

Where possible tools, plant and machinery will be fitted with mufflers or silencers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Polyethylene pipe welding by means of Butt Fusion and Electro Fusion

Polyethylene pipe wilding must only be carried out by a confident person who has been trained and in certified to do so.

Risk

. Injury when sharpening, adjusting or replacing the trimmer blade.

. Injury from the cutting blades when manual handling.

. Risk of burn injury from the heater when ejected injury the join cycle.

. Possible risk of skin disorders due to prolonged contact with lubricants.

. Electrocution.

.Slips Trips and Falls.

Only use equipment that has been maintained and calibrated.

All personnel working on or near the work area must wear safety helmets, high visibility clothing and safety footwear.

Always inspected the welders 110v leads and plugs prior to use. Any defects must be reported to management.

All Butt Fusion joints must be made inside a tent and both ends of the pipe be caped to eliminate wind chill going down the pipe and cooling the heater and joint interface

Number / code all joints and bead using an indelible marker.

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Hazardous Substance

Cement, Acid ,Solvent Based Adhesives are deemed to be hazards substances and can cause injury or damage to your health if Inhaled, Ingested or through External Contact.

Risk

. Dermatitis.

. Respiratory Disorders.

. Cancer.

. Organ Damage.

. Poisoning.

All contractors should inform site management of any hazardous substance brought onto site

Where dust or fumes may be generated during any work activity, a risk assessment must be made and the right control measures put in place.

A method statement may be required for the use of hazardous substances on site after a consultation with a safety officer.

All employees must be made aware of the relevant MSDS (material safety data sheet) and control measures in connection with all hazards substances in use on site.

Avoid contact with skin and eyes.

All spillage to cleaned up immediately. Waste and used containers to be disposed of in accordance with Statutory Requirements.

Washing Facilities will be available to all personnel.

Proper PPE equipment will be supplied by the employer.

 

 

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Plant and Equipment

D M C Utility Services endeavours to ensure that all plant and equipment on site is in safe and good working.

On return of plant and equipment is checked and any defects are repaired.

All plant coming onto site must be accompanied by relevant certificates and checked before use and results logged in daily plant book .

Any plant with defects noted in yellow on the book must not be utilised until repaired.

GA2 Forms must be filled out on a weekly basis by plant operators and filed in relevant folder in the site office.

PAT testing is conducted on an annual basis.

All plant and equipment on site are maintained on a register.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Traffic Management Plans

D M C Utilities Services will ensure that all the public areas are free from obstruction at all times in accordance with chapter 8 of the Department of Transport.

Signs, cones, traffic management system, (stop and go) will be operated by competent employees who have cscs cards for Sign, Lighting and Guarding of Roads ( S L G)

Lighting will be installed to light up road works at night time.

Any excavations or trenches will be fenced of or covered to prevent an accident

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Confined Space

Confined space refers to any place, including any vessel, tank, container, pit, chamber, or any other similar space which, by virtue of its enclosed nature, creates conditions that give rise to a likelihood of an accident, harm or injury of such a nature as to require emergency action due to the presence or reasonable foreseeable presence of ,

. Flammable or explosive atmospheres.

. Harmful gas, fume or vapour

. Free flowing solid or an increasing level of liquid.

. Lack of oxygen

. Excess high temperature

Toxic Atmosphere,
A toxic atmosphere may cause various affects, including impairment of judgement, unconsciousness and death. A toxic atmosphere may occur due to the presence or ingress of hazardous substances. These substances may present in the confined spaces for various such as,

. Remaining from previous processing or storage.

. Arising from the disturbance of sludge and other deposits.

. The presence of fire

. Seepage from improperly isolated plant machinery.

. Dust from construction works.

Oxygen Deficiency,
Oxygen can be lacking in a confined space for the following reasons,

. Displacement of air by other gases

. Various biological processes or chemical reaction such as rotting of organic matter
rusting of metals, burning etc.

. Absorption of air into metals especially when damp.

 

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Excessive Heat,

The enclosed nature of a confined space can increase the risk of heat stroke or collapse from heat stress. If conditions are excessively hot. The risk may be exacerbated by the wearing of personal protective equipment or by lack of ventilation.

Flowing Liquid or Free Flowing Solids,

Liquid or solids can flow into the confined space causing drowning, suffocation, burns and other injuries. Solids in power form may also be disturbed in a confined space resulting in an asphyxiating atmosphere.

Flammable or Explosive Atmosphere

A flammable atmosphere presents a risk of fire or explosion. Such an atmosphere can arise from the presence in the confined space of flammable liquids or gases or of a suspension of combustible dust in air. If a flammable atmosphere inside a confined space ignites, an explosion may occur, resulting in the explosion of hot gases and the disintegration of the structure.

Legal requirements in regard to confined space entry

The safety health and welfare at work (confined space) regulations 2001 covers all work in relation to confined space.

Regulation 5 states that,

A person shall not carry out work in confined spaces if it is reasonably practical that it could be avoided. it the work has to be carried hazard identification and risk assessment must be carried out prior to the work commencing.

A person shall not enter a confined space unless there is a system of work in place that has been planned, organised, performed and maintained so as to render that work safe and without risk to health.

Anyone entering a confined space must be provided with appropriate information, training and instruction appropriate to the particular characteristics of the proposed work activities.

A person shall not enter a confined space unless there is a suitable emergency arrangements have been made which are appropriate to the confined space in question.

 

 

 

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Risk Assessment

When carrying a risk assessment the following questions should be asked.

What could be inside the space that would pose a risk?

. Contents?

. Oxygen Deficiency?

. Previous contents?

. Oxygen enrichment?

. Residues?

. Structure and layout ?

. Contamination?

What will be created due to the work being carried out in the space?

. Sources of ignition?

. Flammable substance?

What’s out side the space that might pose a risk during the work?

. Nearby work activates?

. Operation of plant and machinery ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The key elements to be considered when drawing up a safe system of work are,

. Competence, training, supervision and suitability.

. Permit to work procedure.

. Gas purging and ventilation .

. Dangerous residues.

. Testing and monitoring of the atmosphere.

. Mechanical, electrical and process isolation.

. Respiratory protective equipment.

. Safe use of work equipment.

. Communication.

. Access.

. Combustible materials.

 

A written permit is required for all works carried out in confined spaces

( Permit to work form )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First Aid

A list of names and contact number are on the second page of this statement

First Aid boxes are provided to ensure that first aid supplies are easily accessible when required in an emergency. First Aid boxes are located in the van and at the on site office. They are to be checked weekly and shortages replaced. Employees have an obligation to ensure that the First Aid Boxes are treated like any other safety equipment ad must not tamper with its contains .Free access to First Aid Boxes must be maintained at all times.

Painkillers cannot be provided in the First Aid Boxes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Accidents and near misses report form

Please state the time, date, place where the accident happened and a description of what happened or near miss accrued.

Date_______________________

Time______________________

Place of incident_______________________________________________________

Nature of the injury_____________________________________________________

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Name, Address and Number of person who performed first aid___________________

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Description of what happened____________________________________________

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Work being carried out at the time of the accident_____________________________

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If it was a near miss, what precautions did you take to prevent an accident from_____

happening in the future ? ________________________________________________

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Did you report the accident ?

Yes_______________

No_______________

If yes who did you report it to? Name Address and Phone Number

_____________________________________________________________________

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Any witness to the accident (Name Address and Phone Number)_________________

_____________________________________________________________________

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Signature ___________________________

Please sign and make a copy of this form . Hand one copy to management as soon as possible and keep one copy foy your own record
Emergency Telephone Numbers

Ambulance, Fire Brigade, Guards 999 / 112

E S B 1850 372999

Bord Gais 1850 205050

Local Doctor _____________

Local Hospital _____________

The Poison Information Center (Beaumont) 01 8092566

Clearly state your name , the services you require and where you are calling from. Where you require attendance and clear directions on how to get there . When amergence arrive on site, have some body at the entrance to direct them to the scene.

Ensure the access is clear.

Don’t Panic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assembly Point in Located at _____________________________________________

 

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First Aid Personel

 

Site Address__________________________________________________________

Name Contact Number_________________

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A bit About DMCUS.

Damien cullen rosslare plumbe wexfdord  plumbing heating  taps, bathrooms, immersions, heating, boilers.I am Damien a fully qualified and experienced pipe fitter who has the ability to communicate at all levels. Having worked on large construction projects, which involved handling large diameter pipes and heavy plant room equipment, it has helped me gain great knowledge of Health & Safety and the dangers that can happen. My work has always been completed in an organised efficient manner and with great attention to detail. I love a challenge and have good problem solving skills. I like working in a busy environment either as a team player or on my own.

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