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Report on Cheapo Oils' Health and Safety Issues.

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Report on Cheapo Oils' Health and Safety Issues By Anthea Carlisle The following report is based on a company called Cheapo Oil and the main safety issues faced by the company. Cheapo Oil is an oil Supplier for domestic users. They store approximately 200,000 litres of oil, have 8 delivery tankers and 7 full-time and two part-time drivers. There are 3 administration personnel and one receptionist. There are also two managers, one of which is responsible for Health and Safety. The director of the company is also the owner. The premises consist of a large yard with the oil tanks bunded at the bottom. The gantry (where the oil delivery vehicles fuel from) is a few feet to the right of the tanks. There is an area where the oil delivery vehicles can be parked at night. The office is at the opposite end of the yard to the storage tanks, beside the main gates. This is so that the office workers can easily get to the assembly point in case of fire. There are many issues that face an oil distributor but only the major issues will be dealt with in this report. They are required to comply with the Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations, in the delivery of the oil, but again that area will not be covered in this report. The main safety issues concerning the yard are: * Falls from height (either from the gantry or the top of the vehicle) ...read more.

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Good performance standards link responsibilities to specific outputs. These should specify: 1. Who is Responsible - gives the name or position of employee. They should meet suitable competence criteria and be held accountable. 2. What are they responsible for - explain what is to be done and how. 3. When should the work be done - set a time frame. 4. What is the expected result - legal requirements or specified procedure. To motivate employee we will reward group rather than individual effort and will support a collaborative approach to H&S management. Co-operation Participation by employees supports risk control by encouraging their 'ownership' of health and safety policies3. The operators who have 'hands on' experience of the business can pool their knowledge and experience. It is a legal requirement for all employees in Great Britain to be consulted, not just informed, about those H&S issues in the workplace that affect them. Employees at all levels should be involved in setting performance standards, procedures for risk control, and monitoring and auditing. Communication Communication can always be improved. As a company we need to monitor: * Legal developments to ensure we comply with the law * Technical developments relevant to risk control * Developments in H&S management practice In our H&S policy it is understood that the following information needs to be communicated to our employees: The meaning and purpose of the policy The commitment of management to its implementation Plans, standards, procedures relating to measurement of performance Lessons learned from accidents and incidents. ...read more.

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We must ensure that any recommendations are given priorities and turned into objectives for our people to implement. This forms the basis for a review process. To set our priorities we need to apply a simplified process for prioritising, i.e. risk assessments3. Auditing Auditing enables management to ensure that their policy is being carried out and that it is having the desired effect. Auditing complements the monitoring programme. The audit can assess our organisations ability to meet its own standards on a wide front, rather than providing a 'snap-shot' of a particular site or premises. The two main objectives of an audit are: * To ensure that standards achieved conform as closely as possible to the objectives set out in the organisation's safety policy. * To provide information to justify continuation of the same strategy, or a change of course The best health and safety audit systems are capable of identifying deviations from agreed standards, analysing events leading to these deviations and highlighting good practice. Cheapo Oil will endeavour to audit our H&S Management System as and when required using external consultants. Without active support, any attempt at organised accident prevention will be useless, since there may be an illusion that H&S matters are under control, resulting in complacency. Avoidance of accidents requires sustained, integrated effort from the managers, and workers in our organisation. Only management can provide the authority to ensure this activity is co-ordinated, directed and funded. Its influence will be seen in the policy made, the amounts of scrutiny given to it, and the ways in which violations are handled2. ...read more.

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