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  • Health & safety

    It’s our policy to comply with the terms of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent legislation, and to provide and maintain a healthy and safe working environment.

Health and safety objectives have been set to minimise the number of instances of occupational accidents and illnesses, while monitoring performance, providing training, raising employee awareness and ultimately achieving an accident-free workplace.

We recognise and accept our duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of all visitors to our premises, including contractors and temporary workers, as well as any members of the public who might be affected by our operations.

While the management of the Group will do all within its power to ensure the health and safety of our employees, it is recognised by all employees that health and safety at work is the responsibility of each and every individual associated with the Group. It is the duty of each employee to take reasonable care of their own and other people’s welfare and to report any situation which may pose a threat to the well-being of any other person.

Health and safety policies and procedures are managed by the Group Services Division which liaises with senior management and Human Resources as necessary. A health and safety co-ordinator is employed within Group Services to manage all health and safety matters, including policies, procedures, risk assessments and training records. Following the acquisition of PBAF, a programme is currently under way to ensure that all applicable policies and procedures are implemented to maintain statutory compliance and instil consistency and best practice across the expanded group.

All employees, regardless of any residual risk, are provided with such equipment, information, training and supervision as is necessary to implement the policy in order to achieve the above stated objectives. We make available such finances and resources deemed reasonable to mitigate any risks identified.

All injuries, however small, sustained by a person at work are reported internally with the appropriate level of investigation assigned, based on the incident. Accident records are crucial to the effective monitoring and revision of the policy and must therefore be accurate and comprehensive. Trend analysis is undertaken where appropriate to determine if there are any gaps in the occupational health and safety management system that require closing.

We recognise the need to ensure that all employees adhere to this health and safety policy and are prepared to invoke the disciplinary process in case of any deliberate disregard for health and safety policies and procedures.

Our health and safety policy is continually monitored and updated, particularly when changes in the scale or nature of our operations occur. The policy is reviewed every two years, with interim amendments being made when required by changes in legislation or industry standards. Live issues and risks are recorded and monthly management information is issued to the ORCC and the Occupational Health and Safety Working Group.

BS18001:2007 (The British Standard for Occupational Health and Safety) was obtained during 2013 and the Group is now acknowledged by our third party auditor to have a mature management system. This was reemphasised during our recertification audit in June 2016 where the auditor evidenced ongoing process improvements and documentation reviews relating to our day-to-day management of risk.

During the year ended 30 September 2016 there were no prosecutions or any enforcement action from visits by the authorities for non-compliance in respect of health and safety matters. This is in keeping with Paragon’s record throughout our 30-year history. A notification for a single minor incident under the Reporting of Incidents, Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 was made in March 2016. This was the first notification since October 2014.

For further information, view our latest Report and Accounts.