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contractor safety charter
What does the Contractor Safety Charter mean to Coates Hire?Our duty under Work Health and Safety legislation and Road Transport legislation requires that appropriate systems are in place to manage risks associated with Contractors, particularly in the transport of heavy plant and equipment. We believe that the best outcomes are achieved through a partnership where each party accepts and shares the following responsibilities.
Coates Hire MissionTo be recognised by our customers, peers and ourselves as the leader in the markets we serve and to operate injury and incident free.
At Coates Hire, we are committed to achieving the best outcomes for the safety, health and welfare of our employees, customers, contractors, visitors and the wider community. We strive to operate injury and incident free.
Leigh Ainsworth, CEO Coates Hire
Effective management of safety and health is essential to mutual success of both our Contractors and Coates Hire. The Coates Hire Contractor Safety Charter has been developed to enhance the safety and health expectations for our Contractors. We will support our business partners and Contractors in meeting our safety and health standards.
This Safety Charter outlines the behaviours we expect from our Contractors and the behaviours our Contractors can expect from Coates Hire. This entails working together as partners in applying the standards in the best interests of our employees, customers, Contractors, visitors and the wider community.
By acknowledging this Charter, our Contractors commit their support to the following:
To believe that nothing is more important than the safety, health and well-being of employees, contractors, visitors and the surrounding community;
To integrate safety and health into business strategies, processes and performance measures, and to recognise that good safety and health performance is good for business
To provide an atmosphere that facilitates engagement and collaboration in developing, promoting and improving safety
To effectively manage safety and health risks by eliminating, minimising or controlling risks
To provide the leadership and capacity for safety management
To extend safety and health efforts beyond the workplace, recognising and supporting related initiatives within the home and community and
To share information and best practices, with the goal of continuously improving safety and health strategies, and performance.
Please communicate these expectations with your employees so they understand how this Charter impacts them, their job and the way your organisation represents Coates Hire in their day to day operations. Coates Hire wants everyone to know it is essential they work injury and incident free wherever they work with Coates Hire.
contractor safety charter1. We recognise and accept our obligations to maintain and promote safe systems of work and safe transport operations.
2. We undertake to comply with all WHS, environment and road transport laws applicable to our operations. All contract workers and drivers will be trained and verified as competent operators and understand the following issues:
Being fit for duty alert, healthy and prepared for the driving task
Observing speed limits & seat belt laws
Observing fatigue regulations
Not being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Not tailgating other vehicles
Apply reliable and effective load restraint practices
Being considerate of other road users
Not using noisy engine brakes at inappropriate times and places
Travelling in left lanes unless overtaking
Obeying all other laws
3. We will not knowingly make or meet any demand or requirement that would cause us to breach road transport laws applying to our operations.
4. We will actively support the development of appropriate industry codes of conduct, Charters of practice and safety guidelines for the purpose of promoting compliance with road transport and OHS laws.
5. We will also ensure that we have in place suitable and adequate processes, programs, policies and training so that we comply with all relevant laws.
6. We recognise and accept that our obligations include:
Queuing and scheduling requirements to reduce the risk of driver fatigue and speeding.
Loading and unloading facilities to reduce safety risks.
Ensuring we use safe and fit for purpose vehicles that are appropriately designed, equipped and maintained
A commitment to driver health and safety
7. We will actively support this Charter for the purpose of promoting compliance with laws and promoting safe behaviour, within the workplace and on the road.
8. We recognise and accept that the safety of our employees and the public are key elements for meeting our obligations under this Charter.
9. We undertake to consult with our employees and customers to meet our obligations under chain of responsibility, applicable road law and WHS legislation to provide and maintain transport operations that are safe for all involved.
How will we achieve this partnership?Coates Hire has a set of minimum safety standards across all divisions of Coates Hire and associated entities with which Coates Hires Contractors are expected to comply. Divisions may have additional expectations and requirements, over and above, that address specific operational risks.
Issue Minimum Safety Standard
Safe Systems of Work Competent only licensed, trained, qualified and authorised personnel to conduct work.
Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) tasks must have a suitable SWMS that are readily available on site. In some cases Coates Hire will specify how equipment is to be operated or loaded. Work must be conducted in compliance with the SWMS requirements.
Incidents and Injuries incidents and injuries sustained must be reported to the site manager and to your Coates Hire Contract Manager. Incidents must be investigated and findings reported to Coates Hire, where required.
Safe and Healthy People Safety and Health Requirements do not override or interfere with safety and health provisions and caution others not to override or interfere with safety devices or practices.
Substance Abuse no person may work if under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This includes prescription medication that may compromise safety.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) PPE requirements applicable to a given task must be adhered to.
Fatigue Management manage the risks associated with fatigue in the workplace. Identify factors that contribute to fatigue and discuss with your personnel, make changes as required (including sleep patterns, workload, roster and lifestyle factors), and seek professional help if necessary.
Authorised Use only licensed, trained, qualified and authorised personnel to use plant and equipment.
Safe Plant and Equipment Safe Plant and Equipment plant and equipment must be fit for purpose and comply with applicable Standards and Legislative requirements.
Test/Tag portable power tools must be tested and tagged.
The following obligations exist in the application of our Minimum Standards: When implementing and maintaining the Minimum Standards, consult applicable legal and other requirements (including
legislation, Codes of Practice, Standards and Guidelines, and other Coates Hire advice etc).
Prior to the application of the Minimum Standards, a documented risk assessment should be undertaken in relation to risks associated with your activities.
There must be appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision provided when implementing the Minimum Standards.
The Minimum Standards do not replace any obligation to comply with legal and other requirements, including other Coates Hire requirements.
The Minimum Safety Standards have been developed around those activities that have historically contributed to incidents and injuries at Coates Hire.
The following table outlines the responses that will apply for non-conformance. These are applicable to both the Head Contractor and/or the individual worker.
Non-Conformance Response Level
The issuing of a Warning Notice for a violation to individual(s) and/or the contracting company(s).
Warnings are verbal or written notices placing an individual(s) and/ or the contracting company(s) on notice for a violation. Two warnings given in a three month period may result in the automatic escalation of consequences to a suspension or breach.
Suspended from attending a nominated Coates Hire workplace(s) for a defined period of time.
Suspension is the temporary measure of not allowing an individual(s) and/or contracting company(s) the right to conduct work for Coates Hire or the non-issuing of future jobs to an individual(s) and/or contracting company(s) for a defined period of time.
Excluded from attending a nominated Coates Hire workplace(s) indefinitely.
Exclusion is the permanent measure of not allowing an individual(s) and/or contracting company(s) the right to conduct work at a Coates Hire workplace(s) or the non-issuing of future jobs to an individual and/or contracting company(s) for the life of the contract.
Contract termination with the possibility of future restrictions on tendering work for Coates Hire.
FeedbackIf you have any suggestions to improve this Charter, or how safety can be improved please contact your Coates Hire Contract Manager. We all have the responsibility to comply w