The impact of hazardous substances on health is extremely damaging and because of this each and every year, thousands of employees are made ill. Atkins Gregory understands that as an employer within the cleaning industry, we are responsible for protecting the health of our operatives on a daily basis, and we pride ourselves on our rigorous adherence to all aspects of health and safety legislation and best practice. Suitable and sufficient risk assessments, COSHH assessments and method statements are produced for each site we work on.
Ensuring that we take sensible steps to prevent poor health is important to Atkins Gregory. Each and every job that we operate is fully risk assessed by our team to discover potential risks, and adequately control them if needed. In some cases, it can be quite straightforward to determine the exposure of substances that could have a danger to an operative’s wellbeing, and other times it can require a detailed plan of action if an incident were to arise. Under COSHH we are required to undertake an assessment of all hazardous substances handled, used or stored as a result of our work activities. We are also required to conduct COSHH assessments of all new substances prior to their purchase and use.
All employees are briefed on their health and safety responsibilities upon their induction, which are contained within our Health and Safety Handbook. A copy of this is kept in each site folder – on every site. It contains our Health and Safety Statement and advises them of their duties to ensure their personal safety, client staff safety and the safety of any members of the public that may be affected by our work activities. Ongoing training in relation to health and safety is provided to our staff in various ways, including flyers, newsletters, toolbox talks, group training sessions and external training courses – among others.