Health and Safety
Health and Safety Commitment
Medicare Network’s aim is to achieve standards of health and safety in the workplace that exceed legal requirements and approved Codes of Practice.
The company is committed to high levels of risk management and accident prevention, as is illustrated by its safety record and our workplaces which take health and safety aspects into consideration.
Compliance with the principles set out in the company’s Health and Safety policy enables Medicare Network personnel to operate safely and with regard to the health and safety of themselves and others. To meet the specific requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and other legislation and statutory instruments, systems and procedures have been established and are implemented locally by each location.
Medicare Network’s policy consists of a signed declaration on behalf of the company and a series of policy objectives and details of the responsibilities of partners and employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The Medicare Network Health and Safety Policy is available to all Medicare Network personnel through our internal SharePoint site. It provides general guidance on a wide range of health and safety arrangements which apply to the company’s business activities. We update the policy and supporting practices as our business opportunities change.
Medicare Network recognises its health and safety duties and so far as is reasonably practicable, will:
provide at all times a safe and healthy working environment and welfare facilities,
actively promote employees’ compliance by the allocation of resources to provide information, consultation, instruction, training and supervision,
carry out periodic risk assessments of the workplace, including risk identification, rectification and control,
ensure that accidents are investigated as appropriate, documented and reported in accordance with statutory obligations and best management practice, and remedial action taken to prevent recurrence
The company is responsible for the health and safety of those employed by the company and those affected by its business.
Specialist safety needs arising are referred to external experts as necessary.
Health and safety roles are assigned locally to communicate values and best practice standards across all locations. The local responsibilities for health and safety arrangements are displayed in each office to inform our personnel and encourage compliance with best practice, protecting Medicare Network personnel, clients and others visiting our premises. Workplace conditions are monitored through a programme of annual internal safety audits and periodic reviews by external advisers. This enables performance targets to be agreed and evaluated, and a process of continuous improvement to be implemented.
The Company’s Human Resources department manage occupational health as part of the internal programme. This programme incorporates occupational health policy, promotes healthy lifestyles, fitness and health initiatives and offers support to all Medicare Network personnel.
Medicare Network promotes personal safety and is a keen participant in the National Safety Day, ensuring its personnel are aware of their personal safety both at work and at leisure. Health and safety is holistically embraced by Medicare Network and plays an important part in consideration of business activities, hospitality and community investment and other employee events.