Occupational Health and Safety Policy
Sysco is committed to implementing the highest standards of health and safety throughout our activities in order to provide and maintain a safe environment for our employees, visitors, customers, contractors and members of the public. Our key objective is to prevent injury and ill-health while preserving and promoting existing safety, health and wellbeing. We will achieve this by conducting our business within our key values; integrity, teamwork, excellence, inclusiveness and responsibility.
As transport and storage are major aspects of our business, it is a particular priority for us to prevent incidents linked to both manual handing activities and vehicle / mobile equipment movements. We will implement necessary controls and plan activities to manage all machinery and vehicle movements on site, ensuring the safety of pedestrians always. As we are also conducting our business during a global pandemic, another key objective is to help prevent the spread of the COVID19 virus. We will operate within the parameters of latest Government advice and continue to review our COVID19 response plan in line with this information.
We will manage health and safety hazards and risks in compliance with all legislative requirements, codes of practice and industry technical advances. We will implement necessary control measures to identified risks, giving priority to the general principles of prevention and hierarchy of controls. We will strive for continuous improvements within our health and safety performance. We will aim to achieve this, so far as is reasonably practicable by:
- Consulting staff on health and safety matters that affect them, including risk identification, control selection, training and emergency plan preparations. Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility.
- Providing necessary feedback mechanisms from employees to management through safety representation, safety committee meetings, safety tours and inspections.
- Conducting risk assessments to identify all hazards. Control measures will be appropriate for the hazard identified and will be communicated to relevant employees through safe systems of work.
- Where risks cannot be controlled, they will be reduced to the as low as reasonably possible and continually reviewed. As a last resort, personal protective equipment of the highest standard will be made available at no cost to employees to complete duties safely.
- Providing appropriate training, information, instruction and supervision necessary to complete all necessary tasks safely and allowing adequate funding and time resources to ensure said training is proportionate to the risk involved.
- Appropriate vehicles and equipment will be provided, serviced and maintained for work activities. These will also be inspected at required intervals in line with legislation.
- Assessing the competence of any contractor utilised by the company and where necessary specialist knowledge will be sought to ensure full competence in all health and safety matters.
- Encouraging and promote a positive safety culture within our organisation.
- Preparing emergency plans and communicating these to all staff, contractors and visitors.
This Policy will be communicated to employees and contractors on site induction and will be displayed in prominent locations throughout our premises including at reception for visitors and on our company website for customers and members of the public.