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Health and Safety & Environmental Protection

It is the Company’s Policy to continuously promote a Safe & Pollution free operating environment via operating a Quality & Security Management System (QSMS).

In order to effectively implement its Health, Safety & Environment Protection Policy the Company:

  • Ensures a safe and healthy working environment by taking the appropriate precautionary measures:
      1. appropriate protective equipment (helmets, gloves, bullet proof jackets, special glasses, lifejackets).
      2. appropriate firearms.
      3. medical support.
      4. excluding personnel with medical, psychological problems, misconduct, alcohol or drug addicted or other improper behavior, which also derives from master’s report or team leader’s report.
  • Avoids incidents that could cause injury, loss of life or damage to the environment and assets.
  • Assesses all identified risks to its employees and the environment and establish appropriate safeguards.
  • Protects the environment by implementing safe and pollution free operations.
  • Ensures compliance with all National, International and Flag Administration Legislation.
  • Consider all related guidelines, standards, codes and publications as applicable.
  • Implements a Quality & Security Management System that provides responsibilities and instructions.
  • Prepares and trains shore-based employees for handling emergency situations.
  • Practices at all times procedures for reporting and following up non-conformities and accidents.
  • Monitors all safety and operational aspects.
  • Improves safety management skills of employees ashore.
  • Provides adequate resources for the effective implementation of the QSMS.
  • Improves the QSMS by taking necessary actions for identified problems through Internal Auditing.

All Company employees are responsible for implementing the company’s Health, Safety and Environment Protection Policy.

The Compliance manager is responsible to monitor and review the Safety & Environment Protection Policy on a regular basis in order to ensure that it remains relevant and effective.

As evidence of Management’s commitment to the implementation of the above the policy is to be posted at prominent positions at Company’s premises.

Driving Policy

It is UMS’s policy to manage the driving risk in the company by taking a risk reduction approach using the following hierarchy:

  1. Avoidance – avoiding travel or identifying safe alternative transport options
  2. Mitigation – safety through design
  3. Management – planning and training
  4. Recovery – emergency response action plans

This approach requires compliance with all regulatory requirements, both national and European that are applicable to drivers, passengers and vehicles.

The driver shall:

  1. have valid driving licenses for the country and type of vehicle to be driven;
  2. be experienced in driving the designated vehicle and driving in the expected conditions;
  3. have completed the mandatory driver training – defensive driving, and if required, off-road driving training and that this training is up-to-date;
  4. be familiar with procedures for notifying relevant authorities, insurance company, etc. in case of an accident; and

Prior to and during the journey the driver shall:

  1. carry out a routine visual check of the vehicle every day prior to the start of the journey;
  2. drive at a safe speed for the road conditions – this may be lower than the legal limit;
  3. not use hand-held or hands-free cell/ wireless phones or operate GPS equipment whilst driving the vehicle; and
  4. Initiate calls; adjust navigation devices or other actions that could distract the driver’s attention, shall be done whilst the vehicle is stationary in a safe place.

 

Expatriate Drivers

The driving culture differs in each country where UMS operates therefore there are additional requirements for UMS expatriate drivers.

UMS expatriate drivers shall:

  1. comply with country’s regulations and laws and
  2. only commence driving after a one month ‘in country’ orientation period.

 

All categories of vehicle (inclusive of plant) must not be operated or driven unless:

  1. Safety features are fitted and operational
  2. The vehicle is properly maintained
  3. The number of passengers does not exceed the manufacturer’s maximum limit
  4. Loads are secure
  5. All occupants must wear seatbelts
  6. Drivers are appropriately trained and licensed
  7. Drivers are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  8. The journey has been risk assessed, a journey management plan is in place and driver fatigue is considered

 

Zero tolerance guideline

  1. Driving over the legal speed limits
  2. Not wearing a seatbelt whilst your vehicle is in motion
  3. Driving for more than 2 hrs 15 minutes (135 minutes) without a rest break of a minimum of 15 continuous mins
  4. Using your phone (including hands free) while your vehicle is in motion
  5. Driving under the influence of prohibited/illegal drugs or alcohol (BAC 0.00)

 

Make Safe

After any incident / breakdown of the vehicle the driver / passengers shall make the situation safe but without putting themselves or others at risk.

Where there is a breakdown of the vehicle the driver shall:

  1. move the vehicle off the road if possible/ where it does not create a hazard to other road users;
  2. use hazard warning lights / side lights to warn other traffic;
  3. passenger(s) shall leave the vehicle and move to a safe location do not stand (or let anybody else stand) between the vehicle and oncoming traffic;
  4. be visible to other drivers – wear high visibility / reflective clothing;
  5. if safe to do so, use a warning triangle – 45 metres behind broken-down vehicle on the same side of the road, but not on dual carriageways; and
  6. if possible, keep sidelights on if it is dark or visibility is poor.
  7. After an accident the driver (and passengers) shall:
  8. move the vehicle off the road if possible/ where it does not create a hazard to other road users;
  9. use hazard warning lights to warn other traffic;
  10. passenger(s) shall leave the vehicle and move to a safe location do not stand (or let anybody else stand) between the vehicle and oncoming traffic;
  11. ask other drivers to switch off their engines and stop smoking;
  12. move uninjured people away from the vehicle(s) to safety away from traffic;
  13. not move injured people from their vehicles unless they are in immediate danger from fire or explosion;
  14. not remove a motorcyclist’s helmet unless it is essential to do so; and
  15. be prepared to give first aid.
  16. Once the situation is safe, the driver / passenger(s) shall call the emergency services and provide the details of the incident location and any casualties.
  17. If the incident involved other vehicles, UMS personnel shall identify anyone who may have witnessed the event, the other drivers involved and take names and contact details and exchange insurance details as required.
  18. The driver / passenger(s) shall remain at the scene until emergency services arrive.