HomeHealth, Safety Executive [HSE]

Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Policy

Health & Safety

Volls recognizes that successful Quality, Health and Safety, Environment management is fundamental to its business and is committed to the continual improvement of procedure, work instructions and working practices to ensure meeting and exceeding customer, legal, other requirements, and compliance obligations.

  • Provide a healthy and safe working conditions for the prevention of work-related injury and ill health for all our employees, workers, contractors and vendors and to prevent pollution and minimize environment impact from organization’s activities.
  • Provide adequate and appropriate controls for health, safety and environment risks arising from our activities.
  • Eliminate hazards and reduce occupational ill health and injury
  • Consultation and participation of workers in effective implementation of QHSE management system.
  • Continual improvement of HSE Management system.
  • Enhancing customer satisfaction every time

This policy is reviewed on an annual basis to ensure its continuing suitability and adequacy.

Policy

The purpose of the Personal Protective Equipment Policies is to protect the employees of VOLLS from exposure to work place hazards and the risk of injury through the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).  PPE is not a substitute for more effective control methods and its use will be considered only when other means of protection against hazards are not adequate or feasible.  It will be used in conjunction with other controls unless no other means of hazard control exist.

Personal protective equipment will be provided, used, and maintained when it has been determined that its use is required to ensure the safety and health of our employees and that such use will lessen the likelihood of occupational injury and/or illness.

This section addresses general PPE requirements, including eye and face, head, foot and leg, hand and arm, body (torso) protection, and protection from drowning.  Separate programs exist for respiratory protection and hearing protection as the need for participation in these programs is established through industrial hygiene monitoring.

Personal Protective Equipment Policies includes:

  • Responsibilities of supervisors and employees
  • Hazard assessment and PPE selection
  • Employee training
  • Cleaning and Maintenance of PPE
Responsibilities

HSE Manager is responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of  our policies.  This involves

  1. Conducting workplace hazard assessments to determine the presence of hazards which necessitate the use of PPE.
  2. Selecting and purchasing PPE.
  3. Reviewing, updating, and conducting PPE hazard assessments whenever
  • a job changes
  • new equipment is used
  • there has been an accident
  • a supervisor or employee requests it
  • or at least every year
  1. Maintaining records on hazard assessments.
  2. Maintaining records on PPE assignments and training.
  3. Providing training, guidance, and assistance to supervisors and employees on the proper use, care, and cleaning of approved PPE.
  4. Periodically re-evaluating the suitability of previously selected PPE.
  5. Reviewing, updating, and evaluating the overall effectiveness of PPE use, training, and policies.
Supervision

Supervisors have the primary responsibility for implementing and enforcing PPE use and policies in their work area.  This involves

  1. Providing appropriate PPE and making it available to employees.
  2. Ensuring that employees are trained on the proper use, care, and cleaning of PPE.
  3. Ensuring that PPE training certification and evaluation forms are signed and given.
  4. Ensuring that employees properly use and maintain their PPE, and follow VOLLS PPE policies and rules.
  5. Notifying our management and the Safety Person when new hazards are introduced or when processes are added or changed.
  6. Ensuring that defective or damaged PPE is immediately disposed of and replaced.
Employees

The PPE user is responsible for following the requirements of the PPE policies.  This involves

  • Properly wearing PPE as required.
  • Attending required training sessions.
  • Properly caring for, cleaning, maintaining, and inspecting PPE as required.
  • Following VOLLS PPE policies and rules.
  • Informing the supervisor of the need to repair or replace PPE.
Procedures

Hazard Assessment for PPE

HSE Manager in conjunction with Supervisors, will conduct a walk-through survey of each work area to identify sources of work hazards.  Each survey will be documented using the Hazard Assessment Certification Form, which identifies the work area surveyed, the person conducting the survey, findings of potential hazards, and date of the survey.

HSE Manager will conduct, review, and update the hazard assessment for PPE whenever

  • a job changes
  • new equipment or process is installed
  • there has been an accident
  • whenever a supervisor or employee requests it
  • or at least every year

Any new PPE requirements that are developed will be added into VOLLS’s written accident prevention program.

  1. Selection of PPE

Once the hazards of a workplace have been identified, VOLLS HSE Manager  will determine if the hazards can first be eliminated or reduced by methods other than PPE, i.e., methods that do not rely on employee behavior, such as engineering controls (refer to Appendix B – Controlling Hazards).

If such methods are not adequate or feasible, then VOLLS HSE Manager  will determine the suitability of the PPE presently available; and as necessary, will select new or additional equipment which ensures a level of protection greater than the minimum required to protect our employees from the hazards (refer to Appendix C – Selection of PPE).  Care will be taken to recognize the possibility of multiple and simultaneous exposure to a variety of hazards.  Adequate protection against the highest level of each of the hazards will be recommended for purchase.

All personal protective clothing and equipment will be of safe design and construction for the work to be performed and will be maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition.  Only those items of protective clothing and equipment that meet CE and EN standards will be procured or accepted for use.  Newly purchased PPE must conform to the updated ANSI standards which have been incorporated into the PPE regulations, as follows:

  • Eye and Face Protection EN 166
  • Head Protection EN 397
  • Foot Protection EN 345
  • Hand Protection (There are no EN standards for gloves, however, selection must be based on the performance characteristics of the glove in relation to the tasks to be performed.)

Affected employees whose jobs require the use of PPE will be informed of the PPE selection and will be provided PPE by VOLLS at no charge.  Careful consideration will be given to the comfort and proper fit of PPE in order to ensure that the right size is selected and that it will be used.

Training

Any worker required to wear PPE will receive training in the proper use and care of PPE before being allowed to perform work requiring the use of PPE.  Periodic retraining will be offered to PPE users as needed.  The training will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following subjects:

  • When PPE is necessary to be worn
  • What PPE is necessary
  • How to properly don, doff, adjust, and wear PPE
  • The limitations of the PPE
  • The proper care, maintenance, useful life, and disposal of the PPE

After the training, the employees will demonstrate that they understand how to use PPE properly, or they will be retrained.

Training of each employee will be documented using the Personal Protective Equipment Training Documentation Form and kept on file.  The document certifies that the employee has received and understood the required training on the specific PPE he/she will be using.

Retraining

The need for retraining will be indicated when

  • an employee’s work habits or knowledge indicates a lack of the necessary understanding, motivation, and skills required to use the PPE (i.e., uses PPE improperly)
  • new equipment is installed
  • changes in the work place make previous training out-of-date
  • changes in the types of PPE to be used make previous training out-of-date
Safety Disciplinary Policy

We believes that a safety and health Accident Prevention Program is unenforceable without some type of disciplinary policy.  Our company believes that in order to maintain a safe and healthful workplace, the employees must be cognizant and aware of all company, State, and Federal safety and health regulations as they apply to the specific job duties required.

The following disciplinary policy is in effect and will be applied to all safety and health violations.

  • A first time violation will be discussed orally between company supervision and the employee.  This will be done as soon as possible.
  • A second time offense will be followed up in written form and a copy of this written documentation will be entered into the employee’s personnel folder.
  • A third time violation will result in time off or possible termination, depending on the seriousness of the violation