Our policies

1. Policy Statement

MJK is committed to strengthening, improving and advocating diversity and equality in all its employment practices and activities and aims to establish an inclusive culture free from discrimination and based on the values of fairness, dignity and respect. The Company will support and develop staff through providing everyone with access to facilities, personal and career development opportunities and employment on an equal basis regardless of race, national or ethic origin, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, transgender identity or religion/belief.

This policy builds on the foundation of equality and anti-discrimination legislation and strives, not only to comply with legal requirements, but to use these to ensure that The Company endeavours to exemplify best practice.

The Company values diversity and recognises that the organisation is greatly enhanced by the different range of backgrounds, experiences, views, beliefs and cultures represented within its staff. The Company aims to embrace diversity in all its activities and acknowledges that variety and difference are intrinsic to the success and future development of its business.

2. Aim

The aim of this Policy is to build a fully inclusive organisation. This will be achieved by:

• Making the best use of the range of talent and experience available within the workforce and potential workforce

• Building a culture that encourages dialogue
• The Company and employees fulfilling their legal obligations

3. Principles

The principles of the diversity and equal opportunities policy are:

• To develop and promote a culture of diversity and equality throughout the organisation.

• To develop and promote a culture of fairness, integrity and dignity.

• to support all staff, regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief.

• to prevent all forms of unlawful discrimination.
• to deal with all forms of discrimination consistently, promptly and effectively.

• to ensure that the Diversity and Equality policy influences and informs the culture of The Company.

4. Scope

The policy applies to all applicants for posts with The Company, to all staff employed on a full time or part-time basis, on permanent or temporary contracts, to agency staff and any subcontractors. This forms part of the induction process as the new employees/ subcontractors join the company.

5. Legislative Framework

This Policy is underpinned by legislation, which places individual responsibilities on staff/service users/visitors as well as The Company, this includes:

• Human Rights Act 1998
• The Civil Partnership Act 2004
• The Gender Recognition Act 2004 • The Equality Act 2006
• Equality Act 2010

The above list is not exhaustive and will be reviewed regularly.

Under the above Equality legislation, it is unlawful to:

• discriminate directly against anyone and treat him/her less favourably than others because of a protected characteristic they have or are thought to have (perception discrimination), or because they associate with someone who has a protected characteristic (discrimination by association).

• discriminate indirectly against anyone by applying a criterion, provision or practice which particularly disadvantages people who share a protected characteristic.

• subject someone to harassment related to a relevant protected characteristic (pregnancy and maternity and marriage and civil partnership are excluded).

• victimise someone because s/he has made, or intends to make, a complaint or allegation or has given or intends to give evidence in relation to a complaint of discrimination.

• discriminate against someone in certain circumstances because of a protected characteristic after the working relationship has ended.

The protected characteristics are: • age
• disability
• gender

• gender reassignment
• marriage and civil partnership • pregnancy and maternity
• race
• religion or belief
• sexual orientation

Environmental policy

MJK Ltd is a professional and environmentally conscious organisation, which acknowledges the impact that our operations may potentially have on the environment. Our Environmental Management System pays particular attention to the following policy objectives.

  • Minimise the Environmental impacts of existing activities/processes and to ensure that the implications of any new processes are fully assessed prior to introduction.
  • Manage and control effectively and efficiently authorised processes.
  • Disposal of waste in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Reduce and limit the likelihood of environmental accidents and incidents, by the proper use of risk assessments and action planning.
  • To strongly promote control and ownership of environmental issues.
  • Provide all necessary training, update training and support to staff in order to ensure that the company can fulfil its commitments to the Environmental Policy and sustainable development. Taking action to eliminate or reduce as far as practicable, any potential adverse environmental impacts. Training will be provided to the company’ employees through attendance at in-house seminars, presentations and the like, to make them aware of the Company’s corporate philosophy regarding environmental management and, to ensure their competence in reducing any adverse impact of the Company’s activities on the environment.
  • Introduce and promote programmes, with the aim is to minimise waste.
  • Introduce and promote programmes, which minimise energy use through efficientenergy management.
  • Being considerate to our neighbours whilst conducting our day to day work activities.
  • Ensuring continuous improvement in our waste control and management systems, in line with our Health Safety and Environmental Plan.
  • Develop systems which promote best environmental practice, covering both design and development.

DAY TO DAY MANAGEMENT

Management of the system is the responsibility of the managing director Michael Kerrigan.

CONTROL OF SUBSTANCE HAZARDOUS TO HEALTH

There are many hazardous materials and substances which MJK Ltd will come across within our normal construction and operational procedures. Great care will be taken in handling any such material and substances and the following steps will be implemented:

  • Eliminate the use of hazardous materials and chemicals whenever possible.
  • If not presently possible then substitute that material or chemical with a lesshazardous one.
  • If no substitute is available, then ensure that any hazardous material or chemicalis used strictly according to its COSHH data sheet and only used to its minimum.It will be the Company Policy that where practicable the most environmentally friendly chemicals will be used.To ensure this is followed, the Site Manager/Foreman for each project will produce:
  • A list of all chemicals and substances used.
  • The hazard data sheets for above substances.
  • Carry out COSHH Assessments for each chemical and substance usedSITE WASTE DISPOSALAll work will produce waste.The Company in its efforts to reduce the unnecessary need to use landfill will follow the following procedures:
  • The Site Manager/Foreman will ensure that all materials that can be re-used are separated and reused (as many times as possible) where possible.
  • All materials that can be recycled are segregated into separate containers/skips, stored and removed by an Environmental Agency approved waste contractor for processing and recycling at an Environmental Agency licenced recycling plant.
  • The use of landfill facilities will be kept to a minimum.
  • All Site Managers will keep a record of all waste movement to landfill.
  • The Company Health and Safety Manager will check, as part of his visit, what is being placed into the skips for disposal.
  • Wherever possible, all non-environmentally safe materials will be eliminated and replaced with environmentally friendly and sustainable materials.

Health and Safety

MJK Ltd is a professional and safety conscious organisation which values the effective management of health, safety and welfare throughout all stages of a project. It is our intent to demonstrate an ongoing and determined commitment to improving health and safety at work throughout our organisation. The clear objective is to minimise harm to persons and property by adopting a proactive approach to effective risk and safety management.

We will ensure the health and safety at work of all our people and any other people who may be affected by our work activities. We will comply with the requirements of health and safety legislation.

Management and supervisory staff have the responsibility for implementing the policy throughout the company and must ensure that health and safety considerations are always given priority in planning and day-to-day supervision of all work. All employees and sub-contractors are expected to co-operate and assist in the implementation of this policy, whilst ensuring that their own works, so far as is reasonably practicable, are carried out without risk to themselves, others or the environment. This includes co- operating with management on any health, safety or environment related matter.

MJK Ltd will take all practical steps to ensure that potential hazards and risks are identified, and that suitable and effective preventative and control measures are implemented. The correct safety equipment and personnel protective equipment will be provided to all employees.

All employees will be provided with the necessary instruction and training in safe methods of work, and the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of tools and equipment.

The Director has overall responsibility for all Health, Safety, Welfare and Environmental matters. The operation of this policy and the associated procedures will be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that they remain current and applicable to the company’s activities.

The implementation of this policy will be achieved through the following:

  • Compliance with the Health & Safety Arrangements
  • Compliance with the job specific Health & Safety Plan
  • Strong leadership and management
  • Training programmes
  • Site inspections and audits
  • Support from professional managers and specialists
  • Consultation with employees
  • Providing support and assistance to our sub-contractorsThe Policy and supporting health and safety arrangements are reviewed annually and at any other time as necessary due to changes in legislation or the development of new best practices.

Modern Slavery Policy

This policy applies to all persons working for us or on our behalf in any capacity, including employees at all levels, directors, officers, agency workers, seconded workers, volunteers, agents, contractors, external consultants, third-party representatives and business partners.

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and we are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships and to implement and enforce effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery is not taking place anywhere in our own business or our supply chain.

We are also committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chain. We expect the same high standards from all our contractors, suppliers and other business partners. As part of our contracting processes, we include specific prohibitions against the use of forced, compulsory or trafficked labour, or anyone held in slavery or servitude and we expect that our suppliers will hold their own suppliers to the same high standards.

This policy does not form part of any employee’s contract of employment and we may amend it at any time.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE POLICY

The Managing Director has overall responsibility for ensuring this policy complies with our legal and ethical obligations, and that all those under our control comply with it
The Managing Director has primary and day-to-day responsibility for implementing this policy, monitoring its use and effectiveness, dealing with any queries about it, and auditing internal control systems and procedures to ensure they are effective in countering modern slavery.

Management at all levels are responsible for ensuring those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy and are given any required training.

COMPLIANCE WITH THE POLICY

You must ensure that you read, understand and comply with this policy.

The prevention, detection and reporting of modern slavery in any part of our business or supply chain is the responsibility of all those working for us or under our control. You are required to avoid any activity that might lead to, or suggest, a breach of this policy.