OUR HSE PRINCIPLES

  • The Handyman Crew with 20 years in home improvement experience has a responsability to themselves and others to act and work safely.
  • Carefully planned work will prevent unsafe situations.
  • Learning from our experience will omprive our HSE performance.
  • Support of our principles by suppliers and subcontractors will assist us in improving our standars.
  • Empowering all the handyman team and clients to stop unsafe acts will reduce incidents and personal injury.

Driving

Speed kills – when on the road drive with care and be considerate to others.

ALWAYS

  • Ensure that the vehicle is in safe working order.
  • Check the wear and pressure of your types regulary, not forgetting the spare.
  • Secure loads before driving/moving the vehicle.
  • Wheter you are a driver or passenger, always wear your seatbelt.
  • Obey highway rules, traffic and warning signs.
  • Take local conditions into caonsideration when driving.

NEVER

  • Drive a vehicle unless you are authorised and you hold a valid license.
  • Use your mobile/cell phone to make or receive a call, send or read a text message or e-mail when driving.
  • Transport passengers and goods in the same compartment.
  • Drive above the indicated speed limit.
  • Exceed the manufacturer’s specification for the number of passengers and weight of the load to be carried.
  • Drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Drive if you feel tired.

EQUIPMENT/SYSTEM ISOLATION

The starting point for correct isolation is to identify clearly the equipment or system to be worked on, and wich therefore needs to be made safe.

ALWAYS

  • Notify all affected personnel that the particular equipment/system will be shut down and isolated.
  • identify and isolate the equipment/system from all energy sources.
  • Ensure that any stored or hidden energy is safety released or secured before you start work on it.
  • Install lock-out or tag-out devices on all energy sources.
  • Make sure that the isolation is effective before starting work and is periodically checked.

NEVER

  • Overlock an energy source when isolation procedures are carried out.
  • Remove a tag or lock unless you are the one who placed it.
  • Start work without authorisation.

WORKING AT HEIGHT

There is no safe height to fall from – avoid the need to work at height unless absolutely necessary.

ALWAYS

  • Use an existing safe place of work to access work at height such as, permanent stair and guard-railed platform.
  • Use equipment to prevent falls, for example, scaffolding, mobile access towers or mobile elevating work platforms wich have guardrails around the working platform rather than fall protection equipment e.g. restraint/arrest lanyard and harness.
  • Visually inspect fall restraint/arrest equipment for defects before use such as, harness and lanyard.
  • Place portable ladders and step ladders facing the direction of the task.
  • Secure tools, equipment and materials to prevent them from falling.
  • Develop a rescue plan appropiate to the location, environment and task being undertaken.
  • Consider the prevailing weather conditions when planning the task.

NEVER

  • Work next to an unprotected edge or open access hatch.
  • Use portable ladders for anything else other than access and light work for short durations.
  • Over-stretch or over-reach, reposition if necessary.
  • Work in severe weather conditions e.g. high winds.
  • Work at heigh without fall restraint/arrest equipment (harness and lanyard) when there is no fall prevention in place.
  • Work alone.

WORKING WITH EQUIPMENT

Many accidents happen because people have not chosen the right equipment for the work to be done. Controlling the risk often means planning ahead and ensuring that suitable equipment is available.

ALWAYS

  • Use the correct equipment or tool for the risk.
  • Operate equipment following manufacturer’s instructions, operating manuals, and local instructions.
  • Visually inspect the equipment before use for obvious defects.
  • Position mobile plant such as drilling/cable percussion rigs on a firm level surface.
  • Ensure that access to rotating shafts and drives is prevented.
  • Use fixed or interlocking guards.
  • Immobilise the machine before undertaking any maintenance work, repair or blockage removal.
  • Stand clear of danger zones e.g. hot surfaces, exhaust, pressure relief valves, moving parts (shearing, trapping, crushing or cutting), hydraulic rams or failling objects.
  • Use the correct type of PPE needed to use certain machines safety e.g. angle grinders.
  • Avoid wearing jewellery and loose clothing.

NEVER

  • Operate tools or equipments or use hand held tools unless you are competent.
  • Bypass or try and defeat guards or safety interlocks.
  • Use an open bladed knife unless absolutely necessary.
  • Improvise by using non-standard or makeshift equipment.