Health & Safety
The Group recognises the importance of providing a healthy and safe environment for all staff, visitors and any persons who may be affected by its undertakings ensuring that it meets all statutory requirements and, where appropriate, strives to establish health and safety practices that exceed these requirements across all of its operations.
The Group works to HSG65, which is a best practice model for managing Health and Safety at work. It provides a strategic framework for how the Group organises, plans, implements, monitors, audits and reviews its health and safety measures and procedures.
All employees receive general health and safety awareness training, DSE assessments as required and where applicable, job specific training. Each location has trained fire-wardens, first-aiders and health and safety coordinators who liaise locally with management and staff. All work for the statutory maintenance and inspection of mechanical, electrical and safety equipment is carried out by fully accredited specialist contractors or staff members who have been specifically trained for the job.
The Group has a well-established health and safety committee which meets on a monthly basis and has Group-wide representation. All accidents, incidents, near misses and other related topics are reported enabling performance to be monitored and responsive action taken if needed.
The Group continues to strengthen and formalise the governance structure for the coordinated management of health and safety with standardised documentation and reporting procedures in place, providing documentary evidence to support an annual assurance assessment report. This report seeks to provide assurance to UTV Media plc’s Board that all areas of Health and Safety (H&S) are being actively managed across the Group and that robust processes and safe working systems are in place to comply with our corporate and legal responsibilities. UTV Media plc is supported by a specialist health and safety consultancy who undertake Fire Risk Assessments, Health and Safety Audits and provide on-going expertise and guidance on Health and Safety legislation, policies and best practice in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
Health and Safety Governance Structure
The Health and Safety Committee is made up of representatives from across the Group and the Group Human Resources Director chairs a monthly teleconference meeting with health and safety specialists in attendance. There are a number of standing agenda items which are designed to ensure that actions identified have been implemented and reviewed as appropriate and reported accidents are analysed.
The health and safety incidents for 2014 are summarised in the following table:
|Total Number of Accidents Reported||2014||2013|
|Impact of Accident|
|Number of Fatalities||0||0|
|Number of Serious Incidents||2||0|
|Number of Minor Incidents||11||19|
|Those Involved in the Accident|
|Accidents to Staff||11||19|
|Accidents to Public||2||0|
|Accidents to Contractors / other 3rd parties||0||0|
|Causes of Accidents|
|Slips, Trips & Falls||8||8|
|Lifting & Carrying||0||0|
|Hit By Objects||3||4|
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