12 GOLDEN SAFETY RULES FOR A BET TER & SAF ER FUT URE!
” is our priority and begins with team work! ”
Message from CEO
t Voltalia we believe that all incidents
That is why Voltalia has developed the Golden
are preventable. It is responsibility of
everyone to work in a safe manner
basic rules set out in this booklet provide
and ensure that we all go home safe everyday.
basic guidance and are based on best practices
Golden Safety Rules will help in KEEPING US
and lessons learned. By understanding the
SAFE all the time!
hazards that you face and following the rules you can keep the workplace safe and prevent any
Our organization is diverse with many H&S risks which need to be managed. The safety of everyone requires commitment, leadership, and the willingness to intervene when you see someone working unsafely or when a situation deteriorates. A key requirement of
injury to yourself or others. Voltalia’s Golden Safety Rules will make a tangible contribution to strengthening our SAFETY CULTURE. Sébastien Clerc (CEO )
our Corporate H&S strategies and principles is to reinforce and promote individual employee ‘self-responsibility’ for health and safety and to ‘Watch Out’ for each other. 5
M Y N A M E I S VO LT Y, V O LTA L I Aâ€™S S A F E T Y M A S C OT. I am responsible for promoting a positive, healthier and safer culture!
T H E F U N DA M E N TA L S No work shall be undertaken without implementing these fundamental requirements which underpin the Golden Safety Rules
Work shall not be commenced without conducting a pre-job risk assessment and a safety discussion. Personnel shall be trained, competent and fit (unaffected by drugs and alcohol) to conduct work activities.
Equipment shall be fit for purpose and shall be maintained. Personal Protection Equipment appropriate for the task shall be worn and maintained in good condition. Personnel shall be concerned about safety, be aware of their surroundings and report about any unsafe conditions observed. Personnel shall know what to do in an emergency situation and will ensure that appropriate response equipment is in place before any activity begins. 7
FITNESS FOR WORK
01 TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING
One of our primary considerations is to promote good health in the workplace. Our aim is to ensure that all employees are in good condition (physical and mental).
Ensure adequate rest is achieved before commencing work, especially during shift works (and more important during the night shifts). Not be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Manage fatigue issues (e.g. heat stress, dehydration, physical exertion, etc.) when working. Inform your supervisor of any issues (e.g. medications, stress, mental and physical health, etc.) that may affect your work performance. 9
GENERAL DRIVING Ensure the vehicle is regularly inspected and maintained by a competent person.
02 DO NOT EXCEED THE SPEED LIMIT AND DO NOT USE MOBILE PHONE WHILE DRIVING!
Ensure the vehicle is suitable for the task and the local driving conditions. Be aware of and adhere to local road rules, site traffic rules and speed limits. Ensure the number of passengers does not exceed the design specifications of the vehicle and 3 point seat belts are fitted and are worn by all occupants. www.voltalia.com
Do not use mobile phones while driving and do not be under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Drivers must be appropriately licensed and trained to operate the class of vehicle being used for the local driving conditions.
T R AV E L S EC U R I T Y
03 MAKE SURE YOU ARE PROPERLY INFORMED (RISKS, HAZARDS AND CULTURAL BEHAVIORS) ABOUT YOUR FINAL DESTINATION
The risks and hazards of travel generally depend on your destination, how informed and prepared you are before departure.
Ensure the options to avoid the need to travel have been evaluated. Make sure your documents are valid and their inoculations are updated. Ensure that you learn and check for updated information available regarding safety and security issues at the destination.
A risk assessment must be undertaken to assess potential medical and security risks. www.voltalia.com
C O O R D I N AT I O N A C T I V I T I E S AT W O R K
04 DO NOT PERFORM ANY SIMULTANEOUS OPERATIONS OR COACTIVITIES WITHOUT A PRIOR INSPECTION AND/ OR COORDINATION 14
Ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, cooperating and coordinating activities with Employees, Clients, Contractors and any others who are involved in the same work at same time in the workplace are established.
Share information needed for health and safety purposes (e.g. hazards and risks associated with their activity). Do not obstruct communication and respond to reasonable requests from other duty holders to assist them in meeting their duty. Confirm there are no conflicting activities and identify whether the activities of others may introduce or increase hazards or risks and if it is the case, put in place the necessary controls. Ensure everybody involved in the activity and those who may be affected by the activity knows and understands how, when, where activities are carried out, what substances may be used and the controls put in place.
M A N UA L H A N D L I N G
05 HANDLE THE LOADS WITH THE BODY IN A STRAIGHT AND STABLE POSITION
Think through and plan ahead for the lifting and moving process. Use lifting equipment or devices to move objects.But, if you must manually handle, proceed only if:
Options to eliminate the need to manual handling have been evaluated. Personnel are trained and aware of manual handling and lifting techniques. Personal Protective Equipment, if necessary, is available, adequate for the task and is used. The area is clear around the object to give yourself plenty of room to maneuver and be sure your moving path is clear. 17
M EC H A N I C A L H A N D L I N G
06 MAKE SURE THE LIFTING DEVICE IS CAPABLE OF LIFTING THE LOAD AND NEVER ALLOW ANYONE TO BE IN THE DROP ZONE OF THE LOAD
Lifting operations using cranes, hoists or other mechanical devices can only be performed if:Â
A risk assessment and a lifting plan have been prepared for the operation. The weight of the load is known and falls within the safe working load for the equipment to be used. The operators are fully trained and qualified. The cranes and other lifting equipment must be operated by certified workers. The lifting equipmentâ€™s safety devices are in good working order.
Do not walk or stand under a load while lifting is taking place.
The lifting devices and accessories such as slings and shackles have been visually inspected before use. The lifting area has been marked out to prohibit access.
I S O L AT I O N O F P L A N T & EQ U I P M E N T
Always follow your siteâ€™s isolation procedure. Work where isolation of plant or equipment is identified as a requirement shall only proceed if:
MAKE SURE ALL ENERGY SOURCES HAVE BEEN SAFELY ISOLATED AND ENERGY RELEASED BEFORE WORKING ON THE EQUIPMENT
All energy sources including electrical, mechanical, potential (e.g. gravity, kinetic, etc.) have been identified. Isolation and de-isolation steps have been planned and the method of removal/ restoration of stored energy and/or hazardous materials is risk assessed, and authorized by a competent person. All isolation points have been clearly identified, proven, tagged and/or locked out and controlled to prevent inadvertent movement or activation and the work area has been signalized and delimited. The isolation has been tested prior to commencement of work and found to be effective. Ensure that any unexpected change of circumstances or conditions, the full isolation/de-isolation is revalidated.
Do not perform work without checking that the power and product supply has been rendered inoperative. 21
H A Z A R D O U S S U B S TA N C E S
08 MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW TO HANDLE, STORE AND DISPOSE OF ANY CHEMICALS OR HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES YOU ARE WORKING WITH
Eliminate the use of a harmful substance or use a safer alternative, if possible. Always obtain, read, understand and follow the instructions on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for the hazardous substance that you will be handling. A risk assessment has been conducted and effective controls put in place. Personal Protective Equipment is adequate for the task, in good condition and used as required. An Emergency response (spill recovery) plan is in place and appropriate equipment and first aid facilities are available at the location. Arrangements for the correct disposal of waste products are in place. 23
C O N F I N E D S PA C E S
09 DO NOT ENTER IN A CONFINED SPACE UNTIL THE ATMOSPHERE AND SAFETY CONDITIONS HAS BEEN CHECKED
Options to eliminate the need for confined space entry have been evaluated. Entry into a confined space shall only proceed if:
There is an Emergency Response Plan, risk assessment and valid permit for entry in place. The people involved are trained and competent to do the work associated with the confined space. All sources of energy and fluids affecting the confined space are isolated and locked out.
A standby person is in place at all times to raise the alarm. This person should not enter the confined space.
Equipment has been approved for use in confined spaces. Testing of atmospheres is conducted, verified and repeated as often as defined by the permit. Unauthorized entry is prevented.
W O R K I N G AT H E I G H T S
10 ALWAYS USE FALL PROTECTION SAFETY EQUIPMENT WHEN WORKING AT HEIGHTS
Ladders may only be used as a means of access under exceptional circumstances and a work platform for low-risk and shortduration tasks. Do not work at height without a safety harness when there is no collective protective equipment.
Options to eliminate the need for working at heights have been evaluated. Working at heights (above two meters) shall only proceed if:
Personnel are trained and competent to perform the activity including the use of fall prevention and fall arrest equipment. Platforms, scaffolds and other temporary structures are only constructed and verified by competent and authorized persons. Elevated Work Platforms (scissor lifts, boom lifts, etc.) have been inspected prior to use and are operated by approved/ licensed and competent personnel. Where there is a risk of falling from one level to another, fall prevention/arrest or other protection measures shall be in place in accordance with the findings of a risk assessment. 27
LO N E W O R K I N G Everyone must:
11 ALWAYS ENSURE THAT SOMEONE IN THE COMPANY KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE, YOUR TRAVEL PLAN AND WHEN TO INITIATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE 28
Assess potential hazards and associated risk when entering remote areas or when working alone. Not conduct any work alone or in a remote area without authorization. Establish a daily communication plan with your supervisor or alternate before conducting work remotely or alone.
Is strictly forbidden to work alone in confined spaces or in the proximity of exposed live conductors.
Ensure and establish external communications when entering a remote area or working alone. Ensure sufficient planning is completed to ensure all minimum equipment for remote or alone work is available. 29
12 MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY AND DO NOT TAKE RISKS. YOUR SAFETY FIRST.
Know what to do in case of an Emergency, and for that, everyone must:
Have appropriate and adequate emergency communication. Tell someone where they are going and what they are doing. Know the Emergency Response for the site and have access to Emergency Contacts. Ensure adequate first response resources are at hand before commencing work.
A ST ID
Know where emergency meeting points and emergency access routes are. Follow the direction of their supervisor. Report all unsafe situations and incidents.
PLEASE BE AWA R E
A P P R O P R I AT E S T E P S W I L L B E TA K E N I N R E S P O N S E TO A N Y BREACH OF THE RULES ANYONE Flagrantly violating a safety rule, and/or Working or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and/or Smoking outside designated areas, and/or Refusing to obey an order in the event of imminent danger
Will immediately be removed from the work in progress and be subject to disciplinary action.
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