YBS Insulation Policy Statements

Here at YBS Insulation, we are dedicated to operating a safe working environment where our employees can work as a team to achieve our collective objectives.

These objectives include manufacturing high quality products right here in the UK, with sustainability and the impact we have on the environment.

HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY STATEMENT

The directors within the business will adopt the principles that the safety, health and welfare conditions affecting every employee (and that of suppliers, contractor’s and employees) are the fundamental responsibilities of the various parts of the business.

The business will operate to the spirit and letter of all relevant health and safety legislation and other requirements applicable, e.g., codes of practice, health and safety controls and procedures.

Directing Managers will ensure their management teams always strive towards the objectives identified at the annual Directors Board meeting and will encourage employees to be pro-active and involved in health and safety issues.

The business has a commitment to fulfil all its legal requirements, commit to the elimination of hazards, the reduction of occupational health and safety risks and to consult with workers ensuring worker participation.

The business will demonstrate to outside bodies and interested parties, both internal and external, that through professional management, supervision, training and instruction, health and safety issues are regarded with the same importance as production, profitability, and customer service.

The significant hazard identification registers will form the basis of a review process linked to the business health and safety management procedures as described in the business health and safety policy manual.

Whilst the major accountability for health and safety is that of the directors, all employees (including suppliers, contractors, and self-employed personnel) have specific roles and responsibilities, both legal and contractual. These are detailed in the health and safety manuals and communicated through safety briefings and training.

The business will provide ongoing development of managers to enable them through practical health and safety management training to ensure they employ modern safety principles together with leading employees toward working to best industrial standards.

The business will provide the necessary authority and resources for relevant managers and supervisors to enable them to organise, plan, operate and maintain high standards of health and safety control in their own areas of operation.

The business will ensure that relevant managers develop an ongoing improvement of employee safety awareness and create a positive culture on these issues within the businesses.

A commitment to continual improvement, the safety and health of its employees is taken by the Directors of the business and will be measured and monitored in the annual and quarterly reviews and through standard key performance indicators.

QUALITY POLICY STATEMENT

Commitment to Quality

Yorkshire Building Services (Whitwell) Limited – YBS is wholly committed to our quality policy which is in place to ensure our services always meet the requirements of our customers. YBS’ goal is to be the best insulations manufacturer in this sector. To achieve this goal the Directors are committed to implementing, maintaining and continually assessing all operational systems and processes.

Approach to Quality

YBS firmly believes in the concept of customer and supplier working together in pursuing this policy and in continually striving for improvements in service quality.

YBS aim to continually improve the Quality Policy based on these fundamental principles:

  1. Ensuring that we fully identify and conform to the requirements of the customers in-line with our product specifications.
  2. Gathering information about the latest technologies and being innovative in providing our products & service.
  3. Compliance of contractual and statutory requirements.
  4. Looking at our service provision processes, identifying the potential for errors and taking the necessary actions to eliminate them.
  5. Everyone at YBS understanding how to do their job, what their responsibilities are and ensuring they are doing it right first time.
  6. Continual training of our personnel.

Within the policy we are committed to operating our Company under the disciplines and controls of a Quality Management System planned and developed jointly with our other management functions.

To ensure that the policy is successfully implemented, staff are responsible for identifying customer requirements and conforming to the correct specifications outlined by the technical department and that the correct procedures are followed to meet these requirements.

Objectives needed to ensure that the requirements of this policy are met and that continual improvements are maintained in line with the expectations of the policy, these will be set, determined and monitored at the Directors Board meeting review.

Communication

The Quality Policy principles and objectives are issued as part of the new starter pack induction and is always communicated and available to all staff. Training is an integral part of the strategy to achieve the objectives. The policy will also be available to customers and suppliers on request.

Responsibilities

These are outlined in the Quality Policy but in summary are as follows:

  • Responsibility for delivering a quality service rests with everyone at YBS.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY STATEMENT

The directors within the business will adopt the principles that the environmental conditions affecting the environment (and that of suppliers, contractor’s and employees) are the fundamental responsibilities of the various parts of the business.

Above all the business is committed to minimising the environmental effects by employing the highest standards and enhancing environmental performance by controlling the aspects and impacts of the business along with the measuring the carbon footprint of the business and life cycle of its products.

The business will operate to the spirit and letter of all environmental legislation and other requirements applicable, e.g. codes of practice, environmental controls and procedures.

Directing Managers will ensure their management teams always strive towards the objectives identified at the annual Directors Board meeting and will encourage employees to be pro-active and involved environmental issues.

The business has a commitment to fulfil all its legal requirements, commit to the elimination of environmental hazards, the reduction of environmental risks and to consult with workers ensuring worker participation.

The business is committed to protecting the environment, preventing pollution, and continually improving our environmental performance by reducing our carbon footprint, ensuring zero waste is sent to landfill and maximising recycling across all of our sites.

The business will demonstrate to outside bodies and interested parties, both internal and external, that through professional management, supervision, training and instruction, environmental issues are regarded with the same importance as production, profitability and customer service.

Whilst the major accountability for environmental management is that of the directors, all employees (including suppliers, contractors and self-employed personnel) have specific roles and responsibilities, both legal and contractual. These are detailed in the environmental manuals and communicated through environmental briefings and training.

The business will provide ongoing development of managers to enable them through practical environmental management training to ensure they employ modern environmental principles together with leading employees toward working to best industrial standards.

The business will provide the necessary authority and resources for relevant managers and supervisors to enable them to organise, plan, operate and maintain high standards of environmental control in their own areas of operation.

The business will ensure that relevant managers develop an ongoing improvement of employee environmental awareness and create a positive culture on these issues within the businesses.

A commitment to continual improvement and the protection of the environment is taken by the Directors of the business and will be measured and monitored in the annual and quarterly reviews and through standard key performance indicators.

ETHICAL TRADING POLICY STATEMENT

Introduction

Yorkshire Building Services (Whitwell) Limited are committed to the policy of ethical trading by identifying and promoting good practice in the implementation of codes of labour practice. As a Company we promote the observance of internationally recognised labour standards, in particular fundamental human rights throughout global supply chains. The Company by committing to this policy wants to ensure that the working conditions of employees in companies that supply goods to consumers in the United Kingdom meet or exceed international standards. As a Company we abide by the standards that are contained in the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code. We aim to help to make substantial improvements to the lives of poor working people around the world.

The company Ethical Trading policy covers the following provisions and is expanded below:

  • Employment is freely chosen
  • Freedom of association and the right to representation is respected
  • Working conditions are safe and hygienic
  • Child labour shall not be used
  • Living wages are paid
  • Working hours are not excessive
  • No discrimination is practiced
  • Regular employment is provided
  • No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

The provision of this code constitutes minimum and not maximum standards; therefore, this code is not used to prevent this company from exceeding these standards. Where possible standards will be improved upon. This Company complies with national and other applicable law and where the provisions of law and this base code address the same subject, this company will apply that provision which affords the greater protection.

Employment is freely chosen

  • There is no forced, bonded, or involuntary prison labour
  • Employees are not required to lodge “deposits” or their identity papers with the company and are free to leave the Company after reasonable notice.

Freedom of association and the right to representation are respected

  • All employees have the right to freedom of speech providing dignity and respect to others is always shown. There should be no breach of legislation relating to sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or age.
  • Employees’ representatives are not discriminated against and have access to carry out their representative functions in the workplace.
  • Employees have a forum for consultation within the business with elected representatives.

Working conditions are safe and hygienic

  • A safe and hygienic working environment is provided. The Company has taken into consideration the prevailing knowledge of the food industry and its specific hazards. Adequate steps have been taken to prevent accidents and injury to health which may arise out of, be associated with, or occur during work, by minimising, so far as is reasonably practicable, the causes of hazards inherent in our working environment.
  • Employees receive regular and recorded health and safety training, and this training is repeated for new or reassigned employees as part of their induction.
  • Access to clean toilet facilities, water and where appropriate sanitary facilities for food storage is provided.
  • The responsibility for health and safety has been assigned to the Managing Director and the Senior management team.

Child labour shall not be used

  • There is no recruitment of child labour.
  • The Company only recruits’ employees who are 16 years of age or over. Employment of 16- and 17-year-olds will be subject to adherence to the Working time Directive and the additional duties imposed by Health and Safety legislation.
  • Children and young persons under 18 shall not be employed at night or in hazardous conditions.
  • These policies and procedures conform to the provisions of the relevant International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) standards.

Living wages are paid

  • Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet and, in most cases, exceed the national minimum wage.
  • All employees shall be provided with written and understandable information about their employment conditions in respect to wages before they enter employment and about the particulars of their wages for the pay period concerned each time that they are paid.
  • Employees will be advised and agree to any deductions made from wages.

Working hours are not excessive

  • Working hours comply with the Working Time Regulations.
  • Employees shall not on a regular basis be required to work an average of 48 hours per week (over 17 weeks) and shall be provided with at least one day off for every 7-day period on average. Overtime shall always be compensated at the appropriate rate.
  • Any employee who wishes to may voluntarily sign an opt out agreement of the Working Time Regulations 1998.

No discrimination is practised

There is no discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training, promotion, termination, or retirement based on race, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, union membership or political affiliation.

Regular employment is provided

  • All employees shall be provided with details of their standard hours of work in their statement of terms and conditions of employment.
  • Because of the nature of our industry, hours can be variable. However, employees shall be given reasonable notice of any change in hours.

No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed

Physical abuse or discipline, the threat of physical abuse, sexual or other harassment and verbal abuse or other forms of intimidation is prohibited.

Involvement with suppliers

The Company will, wherever possible, ensure that our suppliers adopt the standards that are contained in the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code. We will commit to help our suppliers draw up such documents making sure that they too are committed to the policy of ethical trading by identifying and promoting good practice in the implementation of codes of labour practice.

Daniel McKane
Managing Director
Yorkshire Building Services (Whitwell) Limited
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