Health & Safety
Gordon Audio Visual is committed to providing safe working environments for our employees and working to a standard of safety that does not adversely affect our customers or members of the general public. In addition to our Health and Safety policy we also adhere to an Environmental Policy and a Business Ethics policy. Together these policies dictate how we approach and carry out our work.
To promote this ethos, in 2005 we decided to employ a person whose sole mandate was to oversee our health and safety procedures and environmental impact, and to assist the management team in driving forward a culture that puts safety at the heart of our approach.
Our Health & Safety Officer is Bob Blatchley, joined us from Mars Confectionery, where he worked for 27 years. During his time at Mars he was involved in ensuring people working on their main Slough site adhered to health and safety and environmental policies. During this time Bob developed a deep understanding in this field, both theoretical and practical. In order to ensure we achieve our policies purpose we have introduced working practices and documentation to help us monitor progress.
Every employee is inducted on joining our company, these inductions include:
- An introduction to Health and Safety
- Risk Assessment
- Working at Height
- Environmental impact
In addition to these base requirements we also ensure employees are trained in specific areas dictated by their individual working requirements, this includes PASMA, Mobile Platforms and technical courses (light rigging, stage erection) etc.
For each job we approach we have a set procedure to ensure H&S issues are highlighted and controlled prior to commencement.
For small installs the technician will perform a risk assessment of the task, this includes the completion of a set risk assessment form he is obliged to complete prior to starting.
For the larger jobs, requiring set installation or other complex work, a much more involved procedure is followed:
- Our Project Manager will visit site to discuss the customer's requirements and discuss Health and Safety aspects of the job with the customer and venue. This will include any special requirements specific to the customer/site.
- He will then complete a full risk assessment and produce a written confirmation of his findings.
- Once the risk assessment has been completed a method statement will be produced. This will detail how we will carry out the install addressing any issues the risk assessment highlighted. This will be discussed with the venue in order to liaise with other contractors or workers (catering teams etc) who may be on site during installation, the event itself, or the de-rig.
- If necessary the Project Manager will issue Permit to Work documents. These PTW's are issued when there are specific risks identified that require special control. When they are in place no-one can become involved with the job without contacting the manager and signing onto the job. They will be briefed on the risks and informed of their responsibilities. When a PTW is in force anyone on site not involved and signed on to the job will be excluded from the work area.
- At the commencement of each work period our Project Manager will gather the workforce to discuss any issues.
- The Project Manager will continually monitor the site to ensure safety is not being compromised and place further safety procedures in place if a further risk is identified.
Environmentally we are always trying to reduce our carbon footprint. We used new energy efficient lighting and guidelines on the refurbishment of our Head Office in 2007. We have to deal with a large amount of packaging material delivered with our new equipment and use our local waste site to ensure minimum impact when dealing with our waste ensuring that everything possible is recycled. Our COSHH usage is very small, we do not use meaningful quantities of any hazardous chemical other than spray label remover as a cleaning product. We are constantly striving to bring this level to zero as environmentally better alternatives become available.
A Word from Bob Blatchley
"Having joined the company to oversee H&S/Environmental issues I have found the management to be totally committed to both. Together with the managers and workforce we have completely updated our procedures and continue to keep them under review. The overriding philosophy is not only to ensure that we have good safety systems in place, but that those systems are integrated into the operational running of the business and that safe practices are seen as the only acceptable way to work."
"Being able to concentrate specifically on these areas has enabled me to identify our requirements and put in place procedures to address them. I feel health and safety is not a test but something everyone should be familiar and actively involved with, as with environmental issues. With this in mind I have developed packages that I present to the workforce and discuss with them. Through constant discussion I am able to assess their understanding in these areas and tailor requirements to the individual. I have found this promotes a willingness to discuss issues. Through these discussions we have achieved our purpose and have a workforce who are very confident in these areas, and constantly question their own understanding. We are proud of our achievements in H&S, and benefit from the continual involvement of everyone we employ in ensuring we carry out our activities in a safe yet practical manner."