Policies & Standards
Health & Safety Policy
All Steels Trading Ltd (AST) is committed to pursuing excellence in everything it does and this includes the management of health & safety.
It is the policy of AST to always place the achievement of high standards of health and safety before commercial gain. In respect of its activities AST will:
- Promote high standards of health and safety throughout the organisation.
- Strive for continuous improvement in health and safety.
- Expect staff, customers, visitors and contractors to share this commitment by complying with our policies and, where appropriate, our procedures and to understand that they too have legal and moral obligations to themselves and to one another.
- Work together with staff and their representatives to improve health and safety, including consultation on health and safety matters with appropriate representatives.
We are dedicated to ensuring health and safety of all persons who may be affected by our activities and will:
Provide, manage and maintain a working environment, which is, so far as reasonably practicable, safe and in which risks to health are controlled.
Provide adequate and appropriate facilities and arrangements for welfare at work.
Provide, manage and maintain our workplace, grounds and properties so that they are so far as reasonably practicable, safe and that risks to health are controlled.
Provide, manage and maintain equipment so that they are so far as reasonably practicable, safe and that risks to health are controlled.
Ensure that the use, handling, storage and transport of items are carried out safely and that risks to health are controlled.
Implement systems of work that are safe and where risks to health are controlled.
Provide the necessary organisation, expertise and resource, including communication and consultation, planning, monitoring, inspection and auditing procedures to ensure that there is effective management of health and safety throughout AST.
Ensure that our staff and any contractors we employ are competent and carry out risk assessment for all the work that they control.
Provide the information, instruction, training and supervision at all levels necessary to ensure that our staff are aware of the hazards at their workplace, together with appropriate measures to be taken to protect against these hazards.
Give adequate information on relevant hazards to any persons whose health and safety may be affected by them.
Monitor the safety performances of contractors who work for us.
Keep up to date with best practice in relation to health and safety and comply with relevant legislation and authoritative guidance.
Consult with and involving our staff in matters relating to their own health and safety.
Promote a culture of co-operation and open communication, in which every opportunity is taken to learn from actual and potential failures of the health and safety arrangements and no unfair blame is placed on individuals.
Where there is no existing policy or guidance, we expect our staff and contractors to meet the highest relevant standards and to comply with relevant legislation. Where no standards exist, we will work with our staff to develop systems, which comply with best practice and eliminate or minimise the risks so far as reasonably practicable.
Provide effective training and development, to support staff in meeting legal requirements, recognising that individuals have responsibilities for ensuring the safety of themselves and others. This contributes to the delivery of high standards and continuous improvement in health and safety.
Ensure that the chain of responsibility for health and safety is both clear and unambiguous, and that in addition to this chain, there is a mentor whose role is to provide independent assurance on health and safety and who has direct access to the Directors.
Maintain a clearly documented health and safety management system to deliver the Company Policy and carry out regular reviews (at least once a year) to test the system’s effectiveness, legal compliance and promote continuous improvement.
Maintain control of contractors’ work by appropriate specification, supervision and monitoring.
Regularly review, develop and, where necessary, revise this Policy and the resultant arrangements.
Ensure that AST health and safety policy is implemented through documented systems and procedures.
Ensure that subcontractors, agents and their hauliers are fully conversant with this policy but also appreciably committed to their own internal health and safety policy arrangements.
It is a general principle within AST that, except where otherwise dictated by legislation, safety responsibilities are vested in individuals rather than committees or other bodies. In implementing this policy AST will comply with all relevant national health and safety legislation including the requirement to reduce the risks resulting from the conduct of its business to staff, visitors, contractors and the general public to a level that is as low as is reasonably practicable.
The Management Team is committed to this policy and to the implementation and maintenance of the highest standards of health, safety and welfare in AST. We expect every member of AST to share this commitment and to work together to achieve it.
All Steels Trading Ltd operates as a general steel trading business with the added service of offering a large range of dockside stocks for sale and delivery within 48 hours from the time of order receipt.
As we are not directly involved in the manufacture of the steel, the environmental impact of our activity is minimal. However, we are acutely aware of the processes involved in steel making and therefore have a strong policy to mitigate any supply chain environmental impact.
It is the Company’s policy to supply and deliver its products in a manner that minimises the impact on the environment where practicable.
The Company considers that matters regarding the environment are an objective to be shared by all employees, suppliers and customers of the Company and it regards environmental issues as being of equal value to Quality, Health and Safety, or any other business objective.
It is the Company’s policy to implement systems for continuous improvement in all fields of operation and these will be integrated into all management functions.
Our aims include to:
Establish procedures to assess, monitor and examine the impact of all current or new activities and processes on the environment.
- Establish monitoring procedures and, where measurement and testing is deemed necessary, ensure that data records and results are regularly kept, maintained and updated.
- Eliminate or reduce pollutant materials, to help conserve valuable resources.
- Reduce and re-cycle waste materials, where possible, to help conserve valuable resources.
- Encourage and empower staff through education and leadership to apply standards both in the work place and at home, which are commensurate with the Company’s own standards.
- Endeavour to purchase environmentally preferable goods and services where possible. To use, where applicable, suppliers or supply chains that have proven good environmental track records.
- Be totally committed to pollution prevention and strive to comply with all applicable environmental legislation.