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Safety & Health

 Principles

  • Amley Computer & Electrical Services aims to create and maintain an environment within which employees may execute their activities in a healthy and safe environment. Furthermore the company is also committed to minimizing all risks pertaining to personal injury, diseases, company property and equipment.
  • Actively participate in safety loss control programs and ensure the involvement of all stakeholders.
  • Apply all reasonably practicable measures to prevent injuries, fire, explosions and conditions that may jeopardize the health of employees, negatively affect the environment or damage equipment.
  • Committed to compliance with applicable statutory requirements or in their absence.
  • Appropriate legislation on industrial best practice.
  • Communicate health and safety rules and procedures to all affected and interested parties .

 

Safety & Health

The names of the Amley Computer & Electrical Services SHEQ appointees and your local representatives can be obtained at all Amley Computer & Electrical Services offices.

 

  • Participate in the promotion of safety and health by example
  • Maintain and review the safety and health performance of our operations and activities to the OHSAS 18001 occupational, health & safety requirements
  • The health and safety of all personnel is vitally important to management. To avoid accidents throughout the Company, a Health and Safety program will operate and the following will apply:
  • A Health and Safety Committee has been formed in certain areas to concentrate the combined efforts of all to reduce work accidents.
  • The Health and Safety Officer will coordinate all safety activities.
  • Health and Safety Rules will be formulated to cover all work procedures.
  • Health and Safety Work Procedures will form part of the training of employees.
  • First Aid Facilities have been adequately provided and first aid training arranged.
  • Health and Safety Equipment is provided for hazardous work. It must be used wherever and whenever needed.
  • Interest in Health and Safety among all staff will be stimulated through daily contact, use of posters, publications, etc.
  • The Health and Safety Movement throughout the Company will be afforded every assistance and will have the active support of the National Occupational Safety Association, Department of Labor and other outside organizations.

Health and Safety Representatives

Workplaces having twenty or more staff will have at least one health and safety representative for each fifty persons. Where two or more health and safety representatives have been appointed, health and safety committee meetings will be conducted as often as is necessary but at least once every three months, under the general supervision of the Health and Safety Advisor and legally appointed Designated Person.

Workmen’s Compensation

An Employers Report of Accident Form must be completed immediately in the case of any person suffering a work injury, which is serious enough to require medical treatment, other than first aid. The Safety Department must be informed either by telephone or fax as soon as possible of all such accidents. Any incidents which affect any person’s health or which caused an injury are to be reported before the end of the shift in which it occurred.

General duties of employees

Every employee will carry out any lawful order given to him. He/she shall obey the health and safety rules and procedures laid down by his employer, or anyone authorized by his employer to do so. Every employee must report any unsafe situation which comes to his/her attention to a Health and Safety Representative or his Employer as soon as possible.

Reporting damages

All staff members are required to report any damage to equipment, workplaces, (damaged steps, railings, barricades, floors, etc.) to their superior or the person in charge immediately.

Use of machinery and other tools

Every staff member using machines or tools or operating machines must ensure that they are familiar with their operation procedures. Accidents resulting from mal-operations and misuse are common and often serious.

Manual lifting of loads

Any instruction given for the manual lifting of loads, or any attempt made to lift a load manually, must not endanger the health or safety of employees.

Lifting of loads with mechanical aids

No one who has not been instructed and who is not competent to do so may operate a crane or other mechanical lifting aid. A person operating a crane must ensure that nobody stands under the load or rides on the load. Nobody should use the crane to lift personnel, unless it is specifically designed for that purpose.

Protective equipment

Hard Hats

Hard hats must be worn on every construction site and at all times, unless the legally appointed Designated Person has ordered otherwise.

Safety Shoes

Where safety shoes have been issued they must be worn at all times and where ever there is a sign requiring their use.

Eye Protection

During any operation which could cause injury to eyes (e.g. grinding, drilling, chipping, welding, brazing, working with acids, etc.) suitable eye protection must be worn as well as where called for by a sign in an area.

Clothing

Personnel are required to wear clothing, preferably overalls, which covers their entire body if the work they are engaged in could lead to injuries to unprotected body parts. Torn or loose clothing, which could be caught in revolving machinery or give rise to other accidents, is not permitted to be worn under any circumstances. The company will provide special protective clothing (for e.g. welding, work with batteries and acid).

Safety Belts

Whenever any work has to be carried out at dangerous heights, suitable safety belts must be worn; alternatively, the workplace must be secured in such a way that the person is protected against accidental falls. Safety belts are to be inspected on a weekly basis by a competent person. Details of such inspections must be entered in a register designed for that purpose.

Gloves

In any operation, such as handling metal, unpacking crates, pulling cables, etc., to which the hands are subjected to danger, gloves suitable to the operation will be worn.

Electro-Sensitive Devices

Any person involved in the installation, modification or repair of any electro-sensitive device will wear suitable clothing, such as conductive footwear, ankle straps, cotton overalls and conductive wrist straps.

Ear Protection

Whenever the ambient noise level on a machine or in the work environment exceeds 85db (A), ear protection must be worn. Any work environment that is noisy to a degree of unpleasantness must be investigated and the noise level measured.

Work in elevated positions

No person is to work in an elevated position unless such work can be per formed safely from a ladder or a scaffold or from a position, which is as safe as a scaffold.

Ladders

Construction of Ladders:

All ladders used must be of sound construction and safe. No ladders may be joined to each other - unless they are designed for this purpose. No ladder may be placed on a scaffold or in any other raised position unless so secured such that it is as safe as if it were standing on the ground. Defects on ladders must be reported and defective ladders taken out of use immediately.

Work from ladders:

Only ladders that are of sufficient height to reach the job must be used. Work

from the top step is not permitted.

Scaffolds

  1. Every scaffold platform, which is constructed of timber, must consist of a minimum of three boards at least 228 mm wide by 38 mm thick.
  2. Every board of a scaffold must be securely fastened so as to prevent displacement.
  3. Every platform must have toe boards attached in such a manner those materials or tools cannot fall through or be kicked off.
  4. All scaffolds must have guardrails at least 900 mm high and not more than 1100 mm high if more than two meters above the ground.
  5. Under no circumstances whatsoever are mobile scaffolds to be moved when persons are still on the platform.
  6. Brakes must be applied to prevent accidental movement prior to using.  
  7. Scaffolds must be inspected by a competent person whenever erected, moved or after bad weather.

Electrical work

As a rule no work is to be carried out on live equipment. Exceptions to this rule are only acceptable if it has been ensured that no accidental contact with live components can be made.  Prior to any work on electrical equipment, the following rules apply:

Rule 1 Switch Off

Rule 2 prevent anybody from switching on by locking the switch in the off position.

Rule 3 test the equipment to ensure that it is electrically dead.

Rule 4 earth the equipment visibly to ensure that if switched on accidentally, you

            are protected.

Rule 5 place a clear sign on the switch referring to work being conducted on their

          circuit.

Rule 6 Cover up live adjoining equipment so that no unauthorized person can come

          in contact with live equipment.

Rule 7 Only persons qualified to work on electrical equipment are allowed to do so

         without supervision. Other persons must be under the personal supervision 

         of a qualified person at all times.

Work in Substations

Any work carried out in a substation MUST be under the supervision of a qualified person. This person must not leave any unqualified person without direct VISUAL supervision. No unaccompanied person may enter a substation or any other place where there is a danger of accidentally touching live electrical equipment. There must be at least two persons present when work is carried out in such a place. No unauthorized person is to be permitted to enter substations. All electrical work on equipment, under the responsibility of the client (e.g. substations), may only be carried out after a written work permit has been obtained from the client. This, however, does not relieve our staff of the duty to correctly check the Safety rules.

Alcohol and/or drugs

No person is allowed to consume intoxicating or hallucinogenic substance on any construction site or plant. Staff members reporting for work in a state of intoxication or suffering from drug abuse, are NOT permitted to work or enter the workplace or drive or be in charge of any motor vehicle or machinery.

First aid

Every workplace, however small, is equipped with a First Aid Box. Every injury must be treated and reported to the person in charge. For injuries that require medical treatment, an appropriate accident report form has to be made out immediately by the person in charge. First Aid Boxes must be kept properly stocked. Details of all accidents are to be investigated, recorded and kept at the workplace.

Fire prevention

All flammable materials and rubbish are to be kept clear of hazardous work areas such as welding, grinding, etc. All hazards such as nails protruding from planks are to be cleared from the work area and stored in such a place that accidents from such hazards cannot take place.

Smoking and open flames are not permitted in any storeroom or area, which contains flammable liquids, or any no smoking area, indicated by a no smoking sign. Misuse of fire extinguishers can result in severe disciplinary action being taken. Electric heaters are not to be left switched on over night, at weekends or when the room in which they are situated is unoccupied.

Disposal of debris

Under no circumstances is any rubbish or other material to be disposed of from any elevated position other than by hoist or chute unless adequate safety precautions have been taken.

Disposal of material

No material or any other article is to be placed on loading platforms, scaffolds or anywhere else, in such a manner that it may fall or roll over the edges or otherwise be knocked down or blown off or accidentally dropped. All surplus material and rubbish are to be cleared from the worksite daily.

Explosive powered tools

Tools, which require explosive cartridges (Hilti-guns, etc.) are to be used only by properly, qualified personnel. Standard personal protective equipment must be worn, namely:

Hard Hat

Face Shield

Ear Protection.

Warning signs must be displayed.

Work inside or on a vessel

No work may be carried out inside or on a vessel, i.e. a container with only one

opening,unless the following is strictly adhered to:

  • No smoking and no open flames are to be allowed in or near a vessel.
  • The workman is attached to a “Life Line”, i.e. a rope tied around his chest.
  • He is in visual contact with at least one person outside to which the lifeline is attached.
  • If there is any danger whatsoever of fire or explosion due to fumes, work may only be carried out if the Responsible Person has ensured that all tools and equipment used are suitable, and no danger to workmen exists.
  • Any solvent or cleaning material used must be “Safe” and of approved standards (SABS, DIN, etc.).
  • Respirators must be used if the air inside the vessel is unsuitable.
  • Oxygen from welding equipment must not be used to supply air into any vessel.
  • A safe work permit MUST be obtained from a competent person and/or the customer.

Manholes

Work in manholes is generally governed by rules for a vessel as above. Prior to any flame being used the Designated Person must ensure that no dangerous fumes are present. If in doubt, the nearest Fire Station must be consulted and a clearance obtained. Under no circumstances are gas cylinders to be allowed into manholes either during use or for storage purposes.

Horseplay

Practical jokes and horseplay lead to serious accidents. Any employee found to endanger the health and safety of other employees may have disciplinary, as well as legal action taken against them.

Responsibility for others

Every staff member, entitled to give instructions to another member of staff, is responsible for the safe execution of an order given. In case of an accident, the person having issued the order can be held personally responsible and legal action can be taken against him/her.

Removal of safety appliances

No person shall willfully interfere with or misuse any means, appliances or other equipment/machinery (including barricades, coverings of openings in floors, etc) provided for securing the health, safety or welfare of employees. Where anything for securing the health, safety or welfare of employees is provided for the use of an employee in any process, that employee shall use such equipment whilst engaged. No person shall willfully and without reasonable cause do anything likely to endanger the health, safety or welfare of themselves or others.

Use of Solvents

Smoking

Under no circumstance is smoking to be permitted in the area where solvents are being used or stored.

Use

Only sufficient solvent for one day’s work is to be issued at any one time.

Storage

Solvents are to be stored in appropriate containers and not in mineral or other

similar bottles.

Protective Equipment

As far as possible, solvents must be used in well-ventilated areas. When this is

not practicable, respirators must be provided and worn.

Forklifts Driving

  • No unauthorized person may drive a forklift truck.
  • Under no circumstances may any person, apart from the driver, ride upon a forklift truck.
  • No person may be lifted whilst standing on the forks.

           Motor vehicles

  • Driving
    • No person may drive a Amley Computer & Electrical Services motor vehicle or a vehicle hired by the Company unless he/she is licensed and has permission to do so.
    • In the case of vehicles allocated to staff, immediate members of that person’s family are not permitted to drive the vehicle.
    • Vehicles are to be in a roadworthy condition before being driven.
    • It is the driver ’s responsibility to ensure that his/her vehicle is safe to drive.
    • Before reversing, ensure that it is safe to do so.
    • Make use of possible assistance in guiding your vehicle.
    • All persons in the vehicle to which these have been fitted will wear seat belts.

Failure to do so may jeopardize any insurance claim resulting from accidental injury. In the event of an accident or damage to a Company vehicle, in which the driver is at fault, the driver of the vehicle may be required to contribute towards the cost of repairs to the vehicle. All accidents involving motor vehicles are to be reported within 24 hours.

 

             Transport of Personnel on non-personnel vehicles.

    • No person is allowed to be transported on the loading platform of a motor vehicle unless the following conditions are met:
    • The passenger compartment is fully occupied.
    • The person transported can sit on the platform and the sides have a height of at least 457mm.
    • If the passengers are transported in a standing position the sides must be raised to at least 900 mm.
    • If passengers and loads are transported simultaneously, the load must be secured in such a manner that no danger to the passengers exists by shifting loads.
    • No person is permitted to travel on the loading platform of a goods vehicle for the sole purpose of stabilizing a load, which could otherwise not be fastened.

              Grinding

(Refer to protective equipment)

  • Angle Grinders

The use of grinding discs for cutting and cutting discs for grinding is strictly forbidden. The correct disc to be used must be compatible to the rating of the machine.

  • Metal and stone

The correct cutting disc must always be fitted according to the work to be done. Discs for cutting masonry or metal are provided for this purpose.

  • Machine Guard

No angle grinder is to be used without the guard correctly fitted.

  • Bench Grinder

Tool rests must be positioned no more than 3mm from the stones grinding. Only materials for which the stones are intended must be ground, i.e. wood and soft metals must not be ground on any grinder unless the stone is provided for such material. Grinding must not be done on the side of stones but only on the face.

Area Specific Rules

 

Work on Railway lines

Under no circumstances is any person to work between or near railway lines when no flagmen are on duty.

Climbing gantries

No person shall climb any gantry without WRITTEN authority from Spoornet (or other Railway authority) official or the client.

The names of the Amley Computer & Electrical Services SHEQ appointees and your local representatives can be obtained at all Amley Computer & Electrical Services offices.

 
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