Occupational Health & Safety Policy
CCEA is a unique educational body in the UK, bringing together the three areas of curriculum, examinations and assessment. Its role includes advising Government on the Northern Ireland curriculum; monitoring qualification and examination standards in Northern Ireland and awarding qualifications. CCEA operates from three sites: two within the Clarendon Dock complex in Belfast and one in the Greater Belfast area.
It is CCEA's objective to provide and maintain a safe and healthy working environment for its employees, the people it works with and for those who visit its premises in accordance with the Health & Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978, the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 and all other relevant associated legislation and other requirements to which CCEA subscribes.
CCEA will achieve this by:
- Actively identifying health and safety hazards and unsafe processes/systems of work with a view to eliminating, controlling or minimizing risks;
- Ensuring its continued commitment to the prevention of injury and ill health and the promotion of employee wellbeing through health and safety policy development, health at work initiatives, undertaking risk assessments and promoting health and safety awareness;
- Complying, as a minimum, with all applicable legislation and other requirements to which CCEA subscribes;
- Continually improving the occupational health and safety (OHS) management system and performance in line with the OHSAS 18001 standard and to ensure the suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of the management system;
- Ensuring that arrangements and resources exist to support the OHS Policy and management system;
- Re-appraising the OHS Policy, objectives, targets and performance at bi-annual Management Review Meetings ;
- Promoting and raising awareness of OHS issues with staff and contracted personnel, drawing attention to the consequences of non-compliance;
- Providing suitable and sufficient OHS information, instruction and training to enable employees to develop and improve their competencies within their working environment in order to carry out their work in a safe and efficient manner; and
- Encouraging stakeholders to comment on and identify areas for improvement regarding CCEA's OHS Policy and Management System.
Occupational health and safety is everyone's responsibility, and a prime responsibility of all levels of management. It is therefore expected that everyone will contribute towards achieving these policy objectives. At an operational level, the People Services and Equality Team and the Business Assurance Team (in conjunction with the Facilities Management Team) will ensure that CCEA operates an effective OHS Management System. CCEA's aim, and the aim of CCEA's Management Team, is to encourage initiative and adopt best practice in a culture where employees and managers are aware of their individual health and safety responsibilities and are actively engaged and committed to improving standards of OHS.
Interim Chief Executive
Date: 31 January 2013
This policy is communicated to staff through the CCEA Intranet site and through induction and cultural induction programmes. The policy is also communicated to stakeholders through the Internet site. CCEA staff working in the area of facilities management ensure the CCEA’s outsourced facilities management partner and any subsequent contractors employed are made aware of the requirements of its occupational health and safety policy.