Health & Safety Statement
Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park 2012

Safety Statement:

This statement sets out the Health & Safety Policy of Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park, 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 staff members and meet all our duties and obligations to our clients.

It is our intention to protect our employees from accident or ill health at work. The company will seek to ensure that all our equipment, systems & work practices do not constitute a risk to the Health & Safety of our employees and we will consult with employees on risk improvements.

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

To Provide a Safe Place of Work
To continue to identify and control hazards.
To act reasonably quickly on any identified hazards.
To prevent as far as is reasonably possible, any improper conduct or behaviour by any member of staff, management, clients, or visitors likely to put the Safety, Health & Welfare of employees at risk.
To consult with staff on all Health & Safety matters.
To provide protective clothing and equipment where necessary.
To provide a safe means of entering and leaving the building.
To provide a safe system of work practices.
To provide appropriate information and training to staff members on a continuous basis.
To make Health & Safety a everyday work practice.
To continually develop and improve our Health & Safety procedures.

The Employers Responsibility:

The responsibility for the provision of a safe place of work rests with the management of Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park.

Specifically these responsibilities are:

To maintain a safe and healthy work environment for employees, & conform with all current statutory requirements.
To provide the appropriate type and level of training to enable employees perform their work safely and efficiently.
To make available to every employee appropriate equipment to ensure Health & Safety
To maintain a vigilant and continuing interest in all Health & Safety matters relevant to both the company and staff.

Employee Responsibilities:

As a valued employee of Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park you have a responsibility to yourself and your fellow workers to carry out your work in a safe and considerate manner.

Employees Must:

Co-Operate with the company in maintaining a safe work place.
Report any potential hazards to management and not work in any hazardous conditions should they; in the employee’s opinion exist.
Be aware of the nearest emergency exists and fire fighting / first aid equipment.
Never interfere with or misuse anything provided by the company in the interests of Health & Safety.
Read the company Health & Safety statement and obey all mandatory signs.
Not partake in any form of horseplay or prank likely to lead to injury to you or others.

Smoking/Alcohol and Drugs:

It is not permissible to attend work under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.

The smoking of tobacco products is prohibited on or near the premises of Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park. Smoking can take place outside the company building at least 30 metres distance away from door entrances and windows. This smoking policy forms part of the overall Health & Safety Policy and any breach will be dealt with under the Company’s disciplinary procedure.

Visitors, contractors and temporary members of staff are expected to abide by the terms of this policy.

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 Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park’s 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 before attempting to lift it and if the load is too heavy get help. When lifting, follow the following basic principles.

1. Relax the knees. Lowering movements should start at the knees not the head.
2. 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.
3. When in position, bend the knees and lift with the strong muscles in the legs.
4. Lift gradually, smoothly and without jerking, keeping the object close to the body and the back straight.

Training:

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

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

Consultation:

The company is committed to consulting with its staff members regarding safety, health and welfare in the office. Employees will be involved in the identification of and elimination of hazards and will be trained in dealing with the hazards identified.

The safety statement will be included in Induction Training and staff will be advised on how to deal with any problems that arise.

Reporting of Accidents:

Employees are required to report all accidents and near misses, whether resulting in injury or not, to management.

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 treatment arrangements
.

All accidents will be investigated by a member of management and a written report prepared. Corrective action will be taken where necessary to avoid a reoccurrence.
Accidents involving persons who are not members of staff but are visiting or working on the premises must also be reported.

Fire Procedures:

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

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

If you discover a fire you should:

Activate the fire alarm.
If there is a reasonable hope of extinguishing the blaze, attack the fire immediately.
Do not under any circumstances, expose yourself to danger.
Leave the building by the nearest fire exit and proceed to your designated assembly point.

If you hear the alarm you should:

Calmly and without fuss, collect any customers, shoppers and children [in poolroom] and follow the procedures done in our fire safety drills. Leave the building by the nearest fire exit.
Do not stop to collect personal belongings.
Once outside, do not enter the building until you are told it is safe to do so.
Management has and will on occasion perform fire drills to ensure that procedures are known and followed in the event of a real fire.

Hazard Analysis:

A hazard is anything at work that might cause harm e.g. electricity, hot surfaces, lifting heavy loads, slippery floors, and work practices etc. Staff must be aware of the potential hazards and risks involved and report specific hazards to management.

A hazard analysis will be carried out once a year by management. Particular attention will be paid to areas of high risk i.e. floors, entrance & exits, chemical hazards, food hygiene, waste handling and manual handling.

The company will remove hazards by engineering means where necessary.

First Aid:

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 each room. They are to be checked weekly and shortages replaced. Employees have an obligation to ensure that First Aid Boxes, like any safety equipment, are not tampered with. Free access to First Aid Boxes must be maintained at all times. Painkillers cannot be provided in the First Aid Boxes.

This Health & Safety Statement is subject to and may be amended from time to time as required by specific changes in the Health & Safety at Work Act 2005.

Morriscastle Strand Holiday Park
Morriscastle Strand Ltd
Kilmuckridge
Gorey
Co Wexford