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            Health & Safety

            Health and Safety Organisation

            The Quality and Safety Manager is independent of the Construction Department,
            and this is in order to remain as objective and impartial as possible. A Site Safety
            Committee is formed on every site, and it consists of the Project Engineer / Site
            Safety Officer (chairman of the Committee) and the Safety Representatives. 
            A brief description of the duties and responsibilities of each individual is given below.

            The Project Manager is responsible for the operation of the Company’s Safety Policy
            on his site. He monitors his site to ensure the implementation of safety instructions.
            When the Company is acting as Health and Safety Coordinator at the Construction
            Phase, the Project Manager is responsible for ensuring:

             ?  Co-operation between contractors.
             ?  The development of the Health and Safety Plan and
                 the provision of information and directions to contractors.             
             ?  The collection of information for inclusion in the Health
                 and Safety File.
             ?  The laying down of site rules.

            The Quality and Safety Manager is responsible for the implementation of the
            Company’s Safety Policy and for ensuring a system of management to effectively
            control and co-ordinate the activities of contractors. Amongst his basic duties are 
            to advise the Managing Director and the Construction Manager on the legal
            requirements and safety matters in general, to check that the company’s work is
            being carried out in accordance with the legal requirements and recommended
            methods, to keep all the relevant safety records and to inform and instruct the 
            Site Safety Officers as to their duties.

            The Project Engineer / Site Safety Officer is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day
            implementation of the Company’s Safety Policy and safe working practices, for co-
            ordinating the activities of contractors, for developing the Health and Safety plan
            and for providing relevant information to contractors. Amongst his basic duties are 
            to inspect the site and produce a written report highlighting hazards, providing advice
            and indicating other matters checked and discussed during the inspection of the site.
            Depending on the complexity of the site, the frequency of inspections can be
            anything between once a week to once a month. Other duties are to summon and
            chair the Safety Committee meetings, to prepare and distribute the agenda and to
            keep the minutes.

            Amongst the basic duties of the Safety Representatives are to attend the Safety
            Committee meetings, to accompany the Labour / Safety Inspector or the Project
            Engineer / Site Safety Officer during the site inspections, to inform the Project
            Engineer / Site Safety Officer of any safety problems arising, to inform their
            colleagues about health and safety matters and generally to represent the
            employees at the particular site on health and safety matters.

            Monitoring of the Health and Safety Policy:

            Health and Safety forms an integral part of the Company’s Quality Management
            System. Further to this, a Health and Safety Plan is prepared specifically for each
            project undertaken by the Company.

            The Project Manager, in liaison with the Quality and Safety Manager, arranges for
            audits to be undertaken on the implementation of the Project Quality Plan as well as
            the Health and Safety Plan. The Project Manager also arranges for additional audits
            to be undertaken on particular sections of the work as required. Corrective and
            preventive action is taken as and whenever necessary.

            GCC has the following documented procedures in order to ensure that the
            requirements of the Quality Management System (QMS) are being followed
            at all times:

            ? Internal Audits: The Company carries out Internal Audits once a year (or at
              other frequencies decided upon by the Quality and Safety Manager) in order
              to ensure that the QMS of the Company is properly implemented and that it
              is also effective and efficient. The Internal Audit effectively serves several
              purposes:

             ?  It checks to see whether the QMS is working properly, 
                and whether there are any defects in the QMS.
             ?  It looks for possible improvements.
             ?  It discovers potential dangers or problems.
             ?  It stops waste and loss.
             ?  It checks that previously identified problems have
                been corrected.

            ? Handling of Nonconformities: Any employee can identify and raise a
              Nonconformity at all stages of the Company’s cycle. All Nonconformities
              identified, are recorded and evaluated by the Departmental Manager,  
              in order to apply the necessary Corrective and/or Preventive Actions.

            ? Management Review Meeting: The Management Committee and the Quality
              and Safety Manager meet and review the QMS once a year. All decisions
              taken at this meeting are communicated to all people directly involved, in
              order to take all the necessary Corrective and/or Preventive Actions.

            ? Corrective and Preventive Actions: All Nonconformities identified are  
              rectified by Corrective and/or Preventive Actions. After the Corrective and/or
              Preventive Actions have been executed (within the specified completion due
              date), verification is carried out by the relevant Departmental Manager.

            Health and Safety enforcement on site:

            In summary, the arrangements for carrying out the Health and Safety Policy 
            of the Company are the following:

            ?  All the employees are informed of the policy.

            ?  All the identified hazards associated with activities carried out as part of  
               the normal work of the company are dealt with by following the standard 
               company procedures that incorporate the elements of health and safety. 
               The precautions and procedures necessary for dealing with special risks 
               relating to types of sites, building and processes of work activities are 
               identified and implemented accordingly. Planned control measures are 
               taken when dealing with substances hazardous to health.

            ?  Written safe systems and methods of work for all company activities, 
               including maintenance and cleaning machinery and plant, are displayed on 
               the Safety Notice Board or issued to the employees whenever necessary.

            ?  All the necessary personal protective equipment and clothing are provided by 
               the employer and employees refusing to use them are removed from the site.

            ?  Health and safety inspections are carried out at regular intervals. Reports 
               are sent to the Quality and Safety Manager who monitors the implementation 
               of the policy and whenever necessary writes an improvement programme 
               listing what has to be done, who shall do it and setting a date for completion. 

            ?  Accidents are reported to the Quality and Safety Manager who arranges for 
               an investigation involving visits to the scene of the accident, collection of
               evidence and taking statements. A report is written and an analysis is
               carried out by comparing to previous accident reports.

            ?  All employees, and especially the Safety Representatives, can inform the
               Project Engineer / Site Safety Officer of any health and safety matters 
               or problems arising on site, either verbally or in writing. The site Safety 
               Notice Board can also be used for the supply and exchange of information.

            ?  The following information is displayed on the Safety Notice Board of each site:

             ?  The Company’s Health and Safety Policy Statement
             ?  Employers Liability Insurance Certificate
             ?  Form for Notification of Project
             ?  Emergency Procedures
             ?  Emergency Telephone Numbers
             ?  Location of the first aid boxes and the names of the
                 First Aiders and/or the First Aid Appointed Persons
             ?  Site Safety Committee - List of Members and Minutes
                of Meeting
             ?  General Site Plan
             ?  The Company’s Site Safety Rules

                           

             

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