Health and Safety Policy


This health and Safety policy details the Cambrian plant and civil engineering (CPCE) declaration of intent in respect of health and safety management, it aims to assist all employees in meeting the minimum health and safety legal requirements.

CPCE as an employer will ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable the health and safety at work of all its employees. CPCE will also as far as is reasonably practicable ensure that persons not employed by the company are not exposed to any risks to their health and safety.

CPCE recognise that every employee while at work must take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and of other people who may be affected by their work activity.

This health and safety policy is based on legislative compliance where possible the company will aim to raise the standards within the company to exceed the industry standard.

The main responsibility for ensuring the health and safety of employees and for reducing the risk to others affected by work activities rests with CPCE as the employer, under the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

The general duties on employers under the HSW Act are expanded by a number of regulations that will be reviewed for compliance on a regular basis.

We will for all activities undertaken:

All contractors employed by the company will also be required to show the same level of commitment to the management of health and safety.

This policy consists of three parts

  1. The Health and Safety Policy Statement this is a declaration of intent signed by the Managing director, it sets outs the required standards of health, safety and welfare that are to be achieved across the company and the commitment the management has made in terms of accountability.

  2. The Organisational Responsibilities these are details of health and safety responsibilities across the company

  3. The Arrangements for Health and Safety this covers the systems the company has in place to assist everyone in meeting their obligations to health and safety management in the work place.

  1. Policy Statement

Cambrian Plant and Civil Engineering (CPCE) is committed to a policy of effectively managing all aspects of health, safety and welfare. This commitment extends to all parts of the company, workplaces, employees and all others affected by our operations.

CPCE recognises that achieving high standards of health and safety is an important part of the business performance. Whilst we will comply with all statutory provisions as a minimum we will take all reasonable practicable measures to ensure continual improvement in our company standards. We will do this by setting appropriate objectives and targets that will be reviewed continually

The Managing Director has overall responsibility for Health, Safety and Welfare. The MD will ensure that such resources, facilities, finances, information, instruction, training and supervision are provided as is necessary to minimise the risk of injury or ill health and to maintain a positive health & safety culture.

CPCE site management are responsible for the implementation of this policy and for ensuring the risks to the health and safety of all persons are assessed with safe systems of work implemented in line with the standards laid down. Health and Safety responsibilities have been defined for all personnel and are contained within the company organisation structure plan.

All employees and contractors will be expected to work with CPCE in the implementation of this policy and the supporting Health Safety and Environmental Systems. All will ensure that their own work, as far as is reasonably practicable, is carried out with the minimum risk to themselves or others. Consultation with all employees and contractors will be structured to ensure feedback is used to continually improve the safe systems of work implemented.

This Policy statement will be issued to all employees, displayed prominently at all workplaces and be available on request to any interested party. The organisation and arrangements for implementation of the policy will be available for reference by any employee as required.

The Health and Safety policy is continually being monitored it will be formally reviewed annually, though amendments may be implemented at other times as required by legislative changes or work practises.

On Behalf of Cambrian Plant Hire Ltd.

A Riseborough


2.0 Organisational Responsibilities

Health Safety & Welfare responsibilities for given positions within the company have been outlined in this document for each of the following roles, if the role does not exist at any given time then the company will reassign the responsibilities accordingly.

  1. Director

  2. Senior Manager

  3. Site Management

  4. Site Supervisors

  5. Site Support staff

  6. Operatives

  7. All personnel

2.1 Director

Definition: - any stake holder within the company

The director(s) have overall responsibility for ensuring the health and safety of all employees whilst at work and all other persons not in its employment who may be affected by the operations undertaken by CPCE.

To meet the requirements of the Health and Safety policy the directors will, where reasonably practicable:

  1. Provide the organisation, finances and resources necessary for the implementation of the Health and Safety Policy

  2. Appoint a director responsible for Health and Safety

  3. Monitor the company’s health and safety performance and respond accordingly

  4. Take reasonable steps to ensure the company complies with health and safety legislation

  5. Ensure that the health and Safety policy is reviewed and updated as required.

  6. Health and Safety training / competency levels are defined for all employee levels

  7. Communication of health and safety information is provided by an appropriate manner

  8. Take reasonable steps to ensure the company complies with health and safety legislation

  9. Ensure that staff at all levels receives the appropriate health and safety training.

  10. Review performance of the company with regards to Health and safety and respond accordingly

  11. Include Health and Safety in company meeting agenda’s

  12. Ensure that accident and incident investigations are completed and that any non-compliances reported on internal or external reports/audits are appropriately reported.

  13. Ensure all reportable accidents are reported to the relevant bodies including insurers solicitors and the HSE

  14. Ensure that enforcement notices are responded too.

  15. Ensure that a suitable Health and Safety forum is held at regular intervals.

2.2 Senior Manager

Definition:- Operations managers, construction managers, etc.

To meet the requirements of the Health and Safety policy the senior managers will, where reasonably practicable:

  1. Be aware of the company’s Health and Safety policy requirements as well as all other statuary requirements affecting the company’s operations

  2. Ensure there is adequate supervision in place to cover all work places and work operations, and to manage any health and safety incidents.

  3. Report quarterly and yearly on Health and Safety performance.

  4. Ensure that all staff receives a copy of the health and safety policy and are conversant with it.

  5. Monitor Performance of Health and Safety and take the appropriate action whenever the health and safety fails to meet the required standards

  6. Ensure that regular health and safety reviews take place at the workplace as appropriate.

  7. Ensure that site staff have adequate planning time, resource, information, skills and training to carry out the operations in accordance with CPCE health and safety standards.

  8. Act upon any problems or improvements reported with regards this policy

  9. Actively promote the company’s commitment to effective health and safety.

  10. Provide suitable health and safety information in the form of staff briefings, annual updates, workshops, presentations.

  11. Where working practises are observed that pose a significant risk to health and safety ensure that the operation is stopped immediately and provide support advise and assistance in identifying and implementing the necessary actions

  12. Assist site staff in review of contractor’s high risk method statements and risk assessments. And help site management to monitor implantation of the same.

  13. Ensure that all supervisors and management are aware of their health and safety responsibility’s

  14. Accompany all Health and Safety Executive Inspectors and Enforcing Officers on their visits to sites/workplace.

2.3 Site Management

Definition:- Site Manager, Site Agent, Works Manager

To meet the requirements of the Health and Safety policy the site manager will, where reasonably practicable:

  1. Report monthly on accident frequency rates

  2. Report Monthly on performance with regards to health and safety

  3. Ensure that all employees are aware of the Health and Safety policy have access to a copy for review

  4. Ensure that appropriate data is provided on accidents, incidents, dangerous occurrences and enforcement action to enable the senior management to formulate their required reports.

  5. Monitor the overall health and safety performance of all operations under their control and ensure that appropriate action is taken whenever standards fail to meet the company health and safety standards.

  6. Report through line management any improvements or problems with regards to this Policy

  7. Carry out a health and safety review at the workplace on a regular basis to ensure compliance with the policy.

  8. Ensure that induction instructions are relevant and are reviewed regularly for relevance to current operations and ensure that they are being effectively communicated.

  9. Ensure all new employees, contractor’s employees and visitors, including delivery drivers are instructed on the relevant sections of CPCE health and safety policy and any location specific requirements (this should be done via induction)

  10. Organise and plan workplaces so that work is carried out in accordance with CPCE health and safety policy with minimum risk to employees, other contractors and members of the public.

  11. Plan health and safety requirements into all operations in accordance with CPCE policy

  12. Ensure adequate welfare facilities are available for all.

  13. Ensure that adequate supplies of personal protective equipment are available and worn as appropriate

  14. Actively promote at all levels CPCE commitment to Health and Safety

  15. Ensure that all risk assessments including COSHH, noise, etc. Are effectively monitored reviewed and communicated at the workplace.

  16. Identify the requirements for method statements, and ensure that they are produced and reviewed on time. Ensure that Method statements are followed and controlled as appropriate.

2.4 Site Supervisors

Definition:- assistant site mangers, gangers, foreman, team leaders, engineering staff

To meet the requirements of the Health and Safety policy the site supervisors will, where reasonably practicable:

  1. Be aware of the company’s health and safety policy requirements and any other statutory requirements affecting CPCE operations and seek further advice if necessary.

  2. Ensure that persons under their control are fully briefed and work in a safe manner

  3. Assist the managers in achieving CPCE health and safety standards by reporting unsafe operations and conditions

  4. Take an active part in any site health and safety meetings attended

  5. Ensure that all information provided in Safe Systems of Work (permits etc) is clear and concise, monitor that the operation is being carried out as per instruction

  6. In conjunction with site management ensure that all new employees, contractors and visitors have a specific induction which includes instruction on CPCE health and safety policy and any project specific requirements

  7. Ensure that an adequate supply of personal protective equipment is kept on site and implement disciplinary procedures against any employee who abuses or does not make full use of this equipment when required.

  8. Ensure that all affected persons are briefed on the contents of any risk assessment and method statement produced and monitor operatives for compliance

  9. In conjunction with site management plan health and safety into work activities

  10. Discuss health and safety matters with all supervisors including contractors on a regular basis and record as necessary.

  11. Carry out inspections of the work place as prescribed in the management systems

  12. Actively promote at all levels CPCE commitment to effective health and safety

  13. Ensure all permits to work are issued and all operatives involved understand them

  14. Actively encourage employees to report health and safety problems

2.5 Site Support Staff

Definition:- Advisors, estimators, surveyors, buyers etc.

To meet the requirements of the Health and Safety policy the site support staff will, where reasonably practicable:

  1. Ensure all personnel under their control work in a safe manner

  2. Assist the work place management in achieving CPCE health and safety standards at any site by reporting unsafe operations and conditions

  3. Suggest ways of improving overall health and safety performance.

  4. Ensure the provision of support services does not knowingly compromise the workplace health and safety.

  5. Abide by any health and safety rules and instructions given at location-specific Induction

  6. Wear mandatory personal protective equipment and any site specific personal protective equipment, as appropriate, when visiting any site.

2.6 Operative

Definition:- Labourer, ground worker, machine operative, tradesman or any other non managerial supervisory role.

To meet the requirements of the Health and Safety policy all operatives should, where reasonably practicable:

  1. Make themselves familiar with the groups health and safety policy and adhere to all the site rules, notices and procedures made known to them.

  2. Actively participate in the management of health and safety by reporting all incidents, accidents and near misses.

  3. Where appropriate, participate in safety committees or other formal consultation procedures.

  4. Follow the safe methods and systems established for the site which may be set out in method statements, risk assessments, site rules, or otherwise.

  5. Refrain from working if they think either their own health and safety or that of others will be compromised by the environment or the work to be undertaken, and inform their immediate line manager of their concerns.

2.7 All Personnel

Definition:- Any employee regardless of employment status.

In meeting the Cambrian Plant Civil Engineering Policy all personnel have a duty and obligation to take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and of others persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions. CPCE expects a reasonable and responsible attitude from all personnel towards meeting their health and safety obligations at work.

All persons should, where reasonably practicable:

  1. Be conversant with the relevant requirements identified in the CPCE health and safety policy.

  2. Abide by any site specific rules or instructions given at site inductions.

  3. Follow instructions set down in all briefings including RAMS and all work permits.

  4. Set a personal example by wearing the appropriate protective clothing PPE at all times when on site.

  5. Work in a safe manner at all times, take appropriate action where unsafe acts are observed and report any unsafe acts to the relevant manager.

  6. Assist the company in achieving the required CPCE health and safety standards. Individuals who do not comply with this will be subject to disciplinary action.

  7. Use and maintain the correct tools and equipment, report any defects to the appropriate person.

  8. Refrain from working if they think either their own health and safety or that of others will be compromised by the environment or the work to be undertaken.

  9. Inform their immediate manager of any concerns they have in regards to health and safety.

  10. Refusal or failure to comply with this Health and Safety Policy will be considered a disciplinary offence.

  11. Be aware that it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly misuse or interfere with anything the company uses or provides to comply with health and safety legislation.

3.0 Health and Safety Arrangements

3.1 Document Issue and Control

This document shall be reviewed and revised as necessary, at intervals not exceeding one year.

A copy of this health and safety policy document will be made available to all employees and any interested parties.

3.2 Application

The health and safety policy has been produced for all activities undertaken Cambrian Plant Civil Engineering. This includes construction sites, premises and office workplaces.

The company will implement as a minimum the standards set out in the health and safety policy. CPCE management will ensure that this policy is used as a basis of all health and safety management.

3.3 Planning

Planning is an essential factor in meeting the Health and Safety Policy in order to identify the measures required to achieve effective risk management across the company.

3.3.1 Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Risk Control.

At all workplaces CPCE management will identify potential hazards and assess risks in accordance with legislation and record findings. Subsequent control measures for the management of the risk will reflect the principle of risk elimination where reasonably practicable, followed by risk reduction, with use of personal protective equipment as a last resort.

Site management and supervisors will use the management systems provided to ensure a safe place of work and that safe systems are provided as far as reasonably practicable.

CPCE aim to provide a safe place and safe systems of work through:

3.3.2 Legal and other Requirements

The company will maintain a process for identifying and assessing the legal and other requirements applicable to it. This information will be kept up to date and communicated to its employees and any other parties.

3.3.3 Objectives

CPCE will identify specific objectives that are relevant to the business as an ongoing process. These objectives will be documented and measured against to give a benchmark growth for the company with regards to health and safety.

3.4 Implementation and Operation

3.4.1 Training, Awareness and competence

CPCE aim to provide all staff with the required training and awareness according to their position, the work they are to undertake, and their health and safety responsibilities. Personnel with key safety roles and the appropriate competency levels shall be formally appointed at the workplace

Health and safety training requirements will be identified for each function across the company and training provided as necessary. The Company will maintain a training matrix to ensure that all personnel have acquired and maintain the knowledge and competency required.

3.4.2 Consultation and Communication

Means of communications shall be planned into all works at all work places, this is used to encourage participation in good health and safety practise.

3.4.3 Operational Control

CPCE will maintain standards for activities associated with known risks to ensure, as far is reasonably practicable, that minimum legal requirements are met effective control and counter measures are applied, and risk control continually improved.

Standards and best practise guidance will be issued as required and will be subject to regular review as to their suitability and effectiveness. They will be amended as appropriate.

3.4.4 Emergency Preparedness

Emergency plans will be prepared and tested as necessary alongside the required response plans.

These will be communicated to the employees at the specific site induction and health and safety briefings.

3.4.5 Discipline

Since Health and Safety is taken very seriously the company will take appropriate action against any person whose behaviour falls below that expected by the company in terms of health and safety.

3.5 Performance Measurement and Monitoring

3.5.1 Monitoring of Safety Performance

CPCE will identify and monitor health and safety performance across all operations to ensure that as far is reasonably practicable, risk controls are implemented and health and safety policy requirements and objectives are met. CPCE will also ensure that lessons are learnt from Management system failures.

CPCE will ensure that there is sufficient approved supervision to adequately monitor health and safety performance, including the performance of sub contractors. The company will maintain records to document performance.

3.5.2 Accident/Incident Reporting and investigation

The company has issued roles and responsibilities in order to ensure that accidents and incidents are reported, investigated and reviewed as appropriate.

All injury accidents no matter how trivial are reported and recorded, all are subject to the appropriate investigation. The company has issued standards to ensure that the correct interested parties, internal and external are notified of accidents and the subsequent investigations, as appropriate and governed by legislation and policy.

We will investigate each accident to establish the facts of the event, identification of root cause and corrective action to prevent recurrence where possible.

3.5.3 Audit

CPCE will conduct audits of the health and safety management systems on a periodic basis to ensure conformity against the planned health and safety arrangements. The results of audits will be forwarded to management for review and action as appropriate.

3.5.4 Management Review

Management will review the overall performance of the health and safety management systems on a regular basis. Records of these reviews will be recorded and distributed as required. These records will include the details and implementation plan of any corrective actions.