Health & Safety

Stiles and Hooker has a comprehensive Health and Safety policy that covers all aspects of our operations. This includes in-house safety inductions and on-going safety training. All staff visiting sites have a current Site Safe Consultant Passport and undergo site specific inductions.

Statement of Intent

Stiles and Hooker’s Health and Safety Policy documents our approach to health and safety in all our work practices.

Stiles and Hooker’s Health and Safety Policy has been prepared to demonstrate commitment to manage and control the safety of its employees at all times whilst undertaking their duties both in the office and out as consulting engineers.

Stiles and Hooker are committed to doing all that is reasonably practicable to reduce workplace accidents and ill health.

Stiles and Hooker recognises the duties placed upon it by the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to provide places of work and working procedures which are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without taking risks to the health and safety of its staff, clients, colleagues and the public.

The practice also recognises that it has duties towards the general public and others including visitors and contractors.

In planning and executing all its professional services, the above duties will be given full consideration by the Practice.

Stiles and Hooker are fully committed in their resolve and wish to record here unequivocally, that safety must have the highest priority. Stiles and Hooker is responsible for ensuring that the Health and Safety Policy is implemented and kept under review by consultation with employees, clients, contractors and any other person affected.

Procedures and activities written into the quality system shall give due consideration to Health and Safety matters in every instance. This includes specific policies on harassment and equal opportunities.

Employees are requested to co-operate and be pro-active in the improvement of all health and safety matters. All suggestions by employees of methods of improving theirs and others health and safety will be acted upon following full consultation without any compromise.

The practice has an excellent safety record and it is our desire through effective management to maintain this in the immediate and long term future.

The practice has targeted several areas to ensure we maintain our high standards of Health and Safety performance including sickness absence and Health and Safety training and an awareness of reporting near miss incidents.

What is safe design?

Safe design means the integration of control measures early in the design process to eliminate or, if this is not reasonable practicable, minimise risks to health and safety throughout the life of the structure being designed.

Safety in Design

Within the construction industry there has been an increasing awareness of the role of design in construction safety.

Stiles and Hooker considers a life cycle approach to occupational health and safety in building and construction projects.
Consideration is given to workers in the construction phase, and others who could be affected by this work; workers who service, clean, repair and otherwise maintain the building or structure after it has been constructed and end users – those who use and occupy completed buildings and structures as workplaces.

Safety in design therefore begins in the conceptual and planning phases of a project with an emphasis on making choices about the design, methods of construction and materials used which enhance the safety of the structure.

Eliminating hazards at the design or planning stage is often easier and cheaper to achieve than making changes later when the hazards become real risks in the workplace.

Safe design can result in many benefits, including:
  • More effective prevention of injury and illness.
  • Improved usability of structures.
  • Improved productivity and reduced costs.
  • Better prediction and management of production and operational costs over the life cycle of a structure.
  • Innovation, in that safe design can demand new thinking to resolve hazards that occur in the construction phase and in end use.

Design, in relation to a structure, includes the design of all or part of the structure and the redesign or modification of a design. Design output includes any hard copy or electronic drawing, design detail, design instruction, scope of works document or specification relating to the structure.

Consider the life cycle

In the same way that designers consider the future impact of a building on environmental sustainability, designers should consider how their design will affect the health and safety of those who will interact with the structure throughout its life.

The Act requires the designer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that a structure is designed to be without risks to the health and safety of persons.

What is ‘reasonably practicable’ in relation to the designer’s duty?

The duty of a person conducting a business or undertaking to ensure health and safety is qualified by what is reasonably practicable. Deciding what is ‘reasonably practicable’ requires taking into account and weighing up all relevant matters.

Integrating design and risk management

A systems approach that integrates the risk management process in the design phases and encourages collaboration between a client, designer and constructor is recommended.

Design for safe construction

Control measures for risks relating to the construction of a structure.

Design to facilitate safe use

Consider the intended function of the structure, including the likely use, and the type of machinery and equipment that may be used. Consider whether the structure may be exposed to specific hazards, such as manual tasks in health facilities, occupational violence in banks or dangerous goods storage in warehouses.

Design for safe maintenance

Risks relating to cleaning, servicing and maintaining a structure.

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