McBerns Policies

McBerns is continuing to set high standards in all aspects of our operation. Listed below are our Operational Policies which we are committed to perform to the best of our abilities. All staff have signed off on these policies and are expected to carry out their duties in the safest and appropriate manner at all times.
Workplace Health, Safety and Environment Policy

POLICY STATEMENT

As part of our commitment to achieving the principles of health, safety and environmental sustainability, we recognise our moral and legal responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment for workers, contractors, customers and visitors, and to ensuring that our operations or activities do not place the local community or environment at risk of injury, illness, harm or damage.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

We will adopt procedures to –

  • provide and maintain healthy and safe workplaces, safe plant and systems of work;
  •  provide written procedures and instructions to ensure safe work practices;
  • ensure compliance with legislative duties and current industry standards;
  •  provide such information, instruction, training and supervision to workers, contractors and customers as is necessary to ensure their continued health and safety
  • provide support and assistance to workers and involve them in consultation on health, safety and environmental issues, and
  •  minimise environmental impacts through waste reduction, recycling and reduction of pollutants.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • We recognise that the overall responsibility to provide a safe and environmentally sustainable workplace rests with
    management, who will be accountable for the implementation of this policy. These responsibilities include –
  •  ensuring that all WHS and environmental policies and procedures are implemented;
  •  establishing measurable objectives and targets to ensure continued improvement aimed at the elimination of
    work-related injuries and illnesses; and
  • providing adequate resources to meet these WHSE commitments, including training and education;
  • consulting with employees and other parties to improve decision-making on WHSE matters; and
  • ensure that effective injury management and rehabilitation is provided for all injured employees.

Workers also have responsibilities, which include –

  • following all WHSE policies and procedures; and
  •  recognising hazards which may affect the health and safety of themselves, others, or the environment.

We are committed to encouraging consultation and co-operation between management and workers, and will formally involve workers and elected health and safety representatives in any workplace change or any matters that may affect the health and safety of workers.

Employer’s Name: McBERNS PTY LTD Policy Update : 01/02/2020

Quality Policy

POLICY STATEMENT

McBerns is engaged in the business of design, fabrication, distribution and installation of products for the water/wastewater industry and this policy applies to all of our divisions throughout the organisation.
It is the policy of this company to operate our business in a manner that consistently meets or exceeds the quality standards set by our stakeholders. To achieve this, we are committed to continuous improvement of our operations and the products and services provided by our company.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

To achieve this goal, we recognise that the quality of our products and services are determined by our customer’s needs and expectations. Our objectives are to:

  • identify the changing needs and expectations of our customers
  • develop and maintain processes and procedures that ensure that these changes are accommodated
  • achieve efficiency in our operations, attention to detail, and responsiveness to customer priorities
  • provide quality products and services on time, and at the lowest cost, and
  • provide an employment environment where continuous improvement is encouraged.
  • Use the Quality Management System as a tool in achieving best practice outcomes across the organisation.

RESPONSIBILITIES

We, as a company will:

  • train all workers and contractors to identify areas where improvement can be achieved
  • remove wasted and non-value added steps and time in our processes where feasible
  • strive to ensure that customer and stakeholder satisfaction is achieved at all times, and in all things, and
  • support the adoption of appropriate quality systems and management principles in order that all stakeholdersbenefit from this commitment to quality.

Workers are expected to:

  • assist and cooperate in ensuring that this policy is followed, and
  • actively participate in the adherence of this company to the achievement of the goals and objectives of this policy.

Policy Update: 01/02/2020

Drug and Alcohol Policy

POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of this company to ensure that we fulfil our obligations as an employer under health and safety legislation by ensuring that workers do not place their own health and safety or the health and safety of others at risk. To achieve this, we are committed to providing and maintaining a working environment in which workers are not exposed to hazards arising from the use or abuse of drugs or alcohol either in the workplace or in other circumstances which may adversely affect the health and safety of themselves or others at work.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

We will strive to ensure that all workers engaged by this company (either as employees or contractors) are in a fit condition to safely carry out their work, and that workers are not impaired in any way by the effects of drugs or alcohol use or abuse. To achieve this, no person will be allowed to enter a workplace or carry out work while suspected of being
under the influence of or suffering from adverse effects of alcohol or drugs.
Instances of wilful abuse of substances, whether legal or illegal, or trafficking of substances that are illegal and/or detrimental to the safe conduct of work are prohibited, and are cause for immediate termination of employment and removal from the workplace of the person or persons involved.

RESPONSIBILITIES

All workers must comply with this drugs and alcohol policy when in a workplace covered by this policy. Workers must not exceed the blood alcohol content (BAC) limits set by the company when on or in company workplaces. Random alcohol screening may be carried out to enforce this policy, as will testing of any person reasonably suspected to be affected in any way by alcohol use, and offenders subject to immediate appropriate disciplinary action. Workers must
advise their supervisor if they are using any medication, and whether taking (or failing to take) the medication is likely to affect their safety of the safety of others at the workplace.

The consumption of alcohol while at work is not permitted, except for authorised work functions when consumption of alcohol is sanctioned by senior management of the company, who will ensure that adequate supples of low alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages (including water) are available. All persons attending such functions are expected to consume any alcohol in a responsible and socially-acceptable manner.

Any use of illicit drugs or misuse of legal drugs will be considered as rendering a person unfit for work. Random drugs screening and/or testing may be carried out of any person reasonably suspected to be adversely affected in any way by drug use to enforce this policy, and offenders subject to immediate appropriate disciplinary action. Possession or trafficking of illicit drugs will result in immediate dismissal and removal from company workplaces.

Policy Update: 01/02/2020

Workplace Bullying and Harassment

POLICY STATEMENT

As part of our commitment to achieving the principles of health and safety in our workplace, we recognise our moral and legal responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment for workers, contractors, customers and visitors. This commitment also extends to ensuring that no person is placed at risk to their health and safety from bullying or harassment in the workplace.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

We will ensure the provision of a safe and healthy work environment that is without risks to the well-being of workers by controlling workplace bullying and occupational violence, and ensure that workers are not subjected to harassment in any way while at their place of work.

RESPONSIBILITIES

We will develop and implement a workplace culture where bullying and violence is not tolerated, and that counselling and disciplinary procedures are in place to deal with instances of bullying and occupational violence that may occur. We will also ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that no person within the workplace causes any harassment to another person, and that no harassment of any person occurs in a company workplace.

Line management and supervisors will identify and take appropriate action in any cases of bullying and occupational violence that may occur in areas under their control, and ensure that all parties involved receive appropriate counselling.

We adopt a policy of zero tolerance of all forms of bullying and harassment. This policy will be clearly communicated to all workers, customers and clients, and be supported by regular training and information sessions in workplaces where bullying and occupational violence exists (or has the potential to exist). A range of administrative elements to assist in controlling the risks (including vulnerability audits, reporting systems, and appropriate interventions accompanied by formal evaluation procedures) will be adopted.

A single incident of harassing type behaviour is not considered to be workplace bullying, however, single incidents should not be ignored or allowed. Well-managed intervention in response to single incidents will assist in preventing a potential situation from escalating.

All incidents are to be reported and recorded, and investigative procedures implemented. Any reported cases of harassment must be taken seriously, and immediate action taken to investigate and deal with the issue. Both sides of the case must be listened to, and if verified, acted on to prevent the harassment. Workplaces where a history of violence exists will be monitored to assess the effectiveness of strategies adopted, or whether a need for further intervention exists.

Policy Update: 01/02/2020

Equal Opportunity Policy

POLICY  STATEMENT

It is the intention of this company to provide a workplace that is fair and equitable for all workers, and where all individuals and groups will be treated with respect and equality. We recognise that any distinction, exclusion or preference which has the effect of nullifying or impairing equality of opportunity or treatment in employment or occupation constitutes an offence under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

We will strive to ensure that no person is discriminated against on any of the grounds listed in this policy in regards to equality of opportunity in employment within the company, and that this policy will also extend to persons providing or wishing to provide goods or services to the company.

RESPONSIBILITIES

We, as a company, will adopt procedures to ensure that equality of opportunity is extended to all persons regardless of the following grounds:

  • Age
  • Disability (including intellectual, physical or psychiatric) whether actual or perceived, and either present or past
  • Marital status
  • Race, colour, nationality or ethnicity
  • Sex, sexuality, sexual preference or pregnancy.

Workers are expected to:

  • Assist and cooperate in ensuring that this policy is followed, and
  • Actively participate in the adherence of this company to the achievement of the aims and objectives of this policy.​

Policy Update: 01/02/2020

Anti-Discrimination Policy

POLICY  STATEMENT

It is the intention of this company to provide a workplace that is fair and equitable for all employees, and where all individuals and groups will be treated with respect and dignity. We recognise that any distinction, exclusion or preference which has the effect of nullifying or impairing equality of opportunity or treatment in employment or occupation constitutes an offence under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act and, in certain circumstances, the Work Health and Safety Act.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

We will strive to ensure that no person is discriminated against on any of the grounds listed in this policy in regards to employment within the company, and ensure that this policy will also extend to persons providing or wishing to provide goods or services to the company.

RESPONSIBILITIES

We will adopt procedures to ensure that no person in discriminated against (either directly or indirectly) on the following grounds under the Australian Human Rights Commission Act:

  •  Age
  • Disability (including intellectual, physical or psychiatric) whether actual or perceived, and either present or past
  •  Marital status
  • Race, colour, nationality or ethnicity
  • Sex, sexuality, sexual preference or pregnancy.

We will ensure that no person is subjected to discriminatory, coercive or misleading conduct in relation to any rights, duties or powers under the Work Health and Safety Act.

All workers are required to:

  • Assist and cooperate in ensuring that all provisions of this policy is followed, and
    Actively participate in the adherence of this company to the achievement of the aims and objectives of this policy.

Policy Update: 01/02/2020