BRIMONT’s Safety Policy was developed based on the best international practices in order to keep the workplace free from accidents and injuries.
Strict compliance with the Safety Policy and all the articles that form part of it is mandatory for all BRIMONT employees.
The responsibility and authorization in the execution are assigned to the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Area.
It is BRIMONT’s policy that safety and accident prevention is the primary concern of all employees. This includes the safety and well-being of all employees, subcontractors and Customers as well as the prevention of misuse, inefficiency in operation and damage to property and/or equipment.
This Safety Policy applies to all BRIMONT employees, regardless of their hierarchical position within the company.
The rules described here apply to all subcontracted companies and to any individual who is on the sites of our projects.
Full compliance is expected from all.
BRIMONT’s Safety policy is based on six fundamental pillars that aim to ensure the maximum commitment of all:
- Company Management’s commitment to safety;
- Weekly meetings at the locations of operations;
- Adjusted and efficient training for each function and category of employees;
- Periodic information on the risk analysis for each employee;
- Presentation of audio/visual risk information by the Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Area.
- Awards and other incentives for good performance indices
All areas are periodically evaluated, at least once a month, by the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Area and, if any, recommendations will be made to the Company’s CEO.
The Safety Policy will be carried out in accordance with the guidelines established and published in this and related procedures. Specific instructions and assistance will be provided by Human Resources and the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Area upon request, or identification by them.
Each supervisor will be responsible for complying with all requirements of the Safety Policy by developing and maintaining an effective accident prevention effort within their area of responsibility.
Each supervisor must also ensure that all accidents are thoroughly investigated and reported to Human Resources and the Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Area on the same day as the occurrence.
All employees are responsible for completing an “Occurrence Notification Form” immediately after an occurrence, even when no medical intervention is required (notice should be given as close as possible to the time of occurrence, at the latest, on the same day) Employees must immediately report the occurrence to their supervisor. A casual mention of the injury will not suffice. Employees must inform their supervisor:
- How the injury occurred;
- At what stage did it occur;
- Who was concentrating on the spot at the time;
- When and where it took place;
- Other pertinent information that will assist in the investigation of the incident.
Failure to notify an incident within the specified time frame is a violation of the Safety Policy and may result in immediate termination in accordance with Company policy.
7.1. IN CASE OF SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH
After transporting the injured person to the hospital or other health facility, the supervisor must notify the head office, the Human Resources department and the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Area as soon as possible. Witness statements must be recorded and signed and must include the time and date of registration. Photographs of the area where the incident took place and any other relevant items must be collected and handed over. Human Resources and the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Area will help with the investigation. The completed accident report form will be sent to Company management.
7.2. IN CASE OF INSPECTION
The supervisor must notify Human Resources of the inspection intention by Customers and/or suppliers or other official entities. It is the responsibility of all employees to make the inspectors’ visit to the workplace as pleasant as possible.
8. BASIC SAFETY RULES
- Acceptance and compliance with applicable laws and Company safety rules and regulations is a condition of employability.
- All occurrences, regardless of severity, must be reported immediately to your supervisor. An employee who fails to complete and submit the “Occurrence Notification Form” will be notified with a safety breach notice and may be subject to immediate termination in accordance with company policy. In the event of personal injury and/or property damage, all persons involved in any way will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol test.
- Safety helmets will be worn at all times by all staff at project sites where their use is mandatory. The helmet’s orientation will be with the “brim” oriented towards the employee’s eyes, without his/her field of vision being impaired, or another position recommended by the equipment manufacturer. Alterations or modifications to the hat or its lining are prohibited. Crane operators, when in an enclosed cab, have the option of not wearing a helmet.
- Safety glasses will be worn with the minimum necessary eye protection at all times. Additional eye and face protection such as face shields and goggles are required for operations such as milling, drilling, using compressed air equipment or handling chemicals, acids and caustics.
- Fall protection requirements:
- Whenever there is a risk of falling more than two (2) meters, used full harnesses;
- b. Fall protection bars must be erected in areas where it is necessary to operate and where there is no permanent protection. Horizontal lifelines must be steel rope a minimum of 5 cm in diameter. Vertical lifelines must be 2 centimeter lifeline or equivalent and must be used in conjunction with an approved rope grab;
- c. Staff lifting structures should have additional harness and lifeline protection.
- Employees using ropes to access their work area or positioning on a wall or column must use an additional safety rope for fall protection; and. Elevators must be used correctly. The Harness must be put on and the rope attached to it as soon as the employee enters an articulated arm lift. Employees are not required to wear harnesses on scissor lifts.
- Clothing must provide adequate protection for the body. Long-sleeved clothing will be worn at all times. The use of shorts will not be allowed. All employees, except welders, must present clothing (aka “diaper”) inside their pants. Welders are not allowed to wear polyester or nylon clothing. Sturdy work boots with stiff, non-slip soles are required. No other types of footwear are allowed unless certified and approved by the Company’s management.
- All employees are required to attend safety meetings as stipulated in order to comply with the Security Standards.
- Firearms, alcoholic beverages or drugs are strictly prohibited. illegally on company property or company vehicles at any time, with the strict exception of security companies. When drugs are prescribed by a physician, Human Resources must be informed. The use or possession of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages in the workplace on dismissal.
- Cleaning must be an integral part of every job. All Employees, regardless of their hierarchical position, are responsible for keeping their work areas clean and free from hazards. Cleaning is required when a job is completed at the end of the day.
- Burning and cutting equipment must be selected daily before use. Lightning arresters must be installed on regulators in flammable gas cylinders. All gas must be turned off and hoses disconnected from bottles and collectors at the end of the working day. Caps should be replaced on vials when authorized. When distant gauges are designated and as replacement storage lids and storage gases less than separate work zones and/or gases, with a side-by-side shelf of storage tanks and/or fossa and an available fire extinguisher.
- Drinking water containers should only be used for drinking water and ice. Exchanging or placing items like in water coolers will result in immediate termination. Only used disposable cups will be.
- All tools (Company or Personnel) must be in good working order. Deductive tools will not be used or allowed.
- All extension cords, drop cords and power tools must be selected, properly grounded with Ground Fault Interrupters (GFIs) and coded by a designated competent person each month.
- Equipment that does not meet requirements must be properly labeled and removed from service until complete repairs are completed.
- Any type of recreational activities (unauthorized) will not be tolerated in the workplace. Running in the workplace is allowed only in an emergency.
- Glass containers or bottles of any kind are not permitted on Company workplaces or vehicles.
- Workplace speed limit is 20 km/h. Standing on trucks is not allowed. Employees must be seated inside the truck when the vehicle is in motion. Traveling as a passenger on the equipment is prohibited unless the equipment has the ability to transport personnel safely.
- Adequate precautions must be taken to protect personnel and equipment from hot work, such as welding or burning. Fire extinguishing equipment should not be more than 1.5 meters away from all hot work. Fire extinguishers must be returned to Human Resources for immediate refilling. The use of welding curtains is required in high traffic areas.
- All scaffolding and work platforms must be constructed and maintained in according to the manufacturer’s specifications. All stairs must be in a safe condition with no broken rungs or split side rails. Damaged ladders must be removed from service. Ladders must be fixed at the top and bottom and extend one (1) meter beyond the work surface. Metal ladders in close proximity to electrical work are prohibited. A ladder should only be used when fully opened with keys locked.
- The connections on the air hoses must be blocked to prevent accidental uncoupling.
- Compressed air must not be used to clean hands, face or clothing.
- All unsafe and accident conditions must be immediately reported to Human Resources so that preventive/corrective measures can be taken.
- All floor openings or excavations must be barricaded on all sides to ensure that employees are aware of the hazards. Floor holes must be covered, with the covers fixed and clearly marked.
- Warning signs, barricades and labels will be used to the greatest extent possible and must be obeyed.
- Scaffolding tag system
- Green tags must be placed on 100 percent complete scaffolding with all components in place before use.
- b. Yellow marks indicate incomplete scaffolding. If any component is missing, it should have a yellow label.
- c. Red marks indicate scaffolding that is in the process of being erected or dismantled. These scaffolds must not be used at any time.
- Scaffold tags should be placed prominently on the scaffolding for all employees to see.
- All safety standards will be followed for work processes that require respiratory protection.
- All safety regulations will be followed during loading/unloading/handling.
- All safety regulations relating to confined space entry will be followed.
- All safety regulations regarding equipment locking/labeling will be followed.
- All safety standards will be followed for work processes that require fall protection.
- All Safety Standards for spillage and/or contamination will be followed according to the safety procedures proposed by the manufacturer and/or technical department.
9. EXECUTION OF THE SAFETY POLICY
Safety Breach Notices will be issued to any employee, subcontractor, or anyone in the workplace who violates Human Resources security rules or regulations.
- Any breach of safety rules may result in immediate suspension or termination.
- Any employee who receives three (3) general violations in writing within a six (6) month period will be terminated immediately. .
- Issuing a safety breach notice for failure to use fall protection or failure to report an accident at work (at the time of injury) may result in immediate termination in accordance with company policy.
It is understood that Human Resources are not restricted to the above rules and regulations. Additional rules and regulations, as determined by the engagement, will be issued and posted as needed.