Health and Safety
The health and safety of our employees in the work environment are of utmost importance.
Regular employee awareness training takes place throughout the organisation, ensuring vigilance at all times.
Relevant staff - such as drivers and warehouse/workshop personnel - are carefully monitored, and relevant equipment is renewed at regular, required intervals.
This statement is regularly reviewed by Jonathan Sparks, who will take advice from suitably qualified persons and from those whom this policy may affect. If necessary, a revised version of the policy will be issued to reflect the latest developments, and this will be communicated appropriately and effectively.
We recognise that organisations of all kinds are, increasingly, determined to achieve and demonstrate sound environmental performance by controlling the impact on the environment by their activities, products and services. This is in the context of growing environmental awareness, increasingly stringent legislation and other factors promoting environmental protection and best practice.
We are concerned about the environment and recognise that good environmental management must be an integral and fundamental part of our corporate business strategy.
This statement covers the Company’s trading address at Wells Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9AG and any other place or premises where we carry out our business. It covers all buildings, goods and services used and provided by the Company and everyone working for us. It concerns the immediate impacts of our activities and policies.
The policy excludes the indirect impacts of our goods and services that we cannot control or influence. It also excludes the impact of our suppliers’ that we are unable to influence.
In the course of our operations, and within resource constraints, we will improve our environmental performance by:-
- Conserving energy, water, wood, paper and other resources, particularly those which are scarce or non-renewable, while still providing a safe and comfortable working environment
- Reducing waste through re-use and recycling – in particular, we shall make sure that we recycle as much solid waste and packaging as well as the steel and aluminium building components in regular use by us through a specialist recycling company.
- By using refurbishment and recycled products and material where such alternative are economical and suitable, and
- Ensuring that any products used or derived from wildlife, such as timber and plants, are from sustainable sources and comply with European Union and international trade rules such as CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).
- Monitoring relevant discharges and emissions to air, land and water to ascertain what action is necessary to reduce pollution or the risk of pollution, and
- Phasing out, where practical, ozone-depleting substances and minimising the release of greenhouse gases, volatile organic compounds, vehicle emissions and other substances damaging to health and the environment. We at SPARKS TRANSPORT take our environmental responsibilities very seriously, and as a transport company, we are very conscious that by far the greatest impact on the environment comes from our vehicles. To this end, we have decided to run an updated fleet of Vehicles with a minimum EURO Emission of “3”. By 2009 the majority of trucks will be EURO 4 and 5.
- Aiming to meet, and in some cases exceeding, all relevant, current and foreseen statutory regulations (including Environmental Information Regulations), codes of practice and other requirements that we adopt
- Specifying that contractors comply with the same when working on our premises.
- Development and maintain emergency procedures for effectively dealing with significant hazards where they exist and limiting the risk to health and the environment.
- Management Communication
- Communicating openly with staff and others, educating, training and motivating our colleagues, and other relevant persons and organisations to encourage them to support our environments objectives, and
- Responding appropriately to reasonable external requests for environmental information.
- Management Purchasing - Whether any goods or services are environmentally preferable will be an essential factor when any purchasing decision is made
- Management - Environment
- Demonstrating that, where relevant, environmental issues are considered when making decisions, planning and development policy, programmes and projects.
- Monitoring progress against the environmental aim and other indicators.
We shall set annual environment improvement objectives and targets which are regularly monitored and reviewed.