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Labour Standards Assurance Policy

Introduction

Steroplast Healthcare Limited believes that it is important to conduct its business from a social and ethical standpoint. We believe we are responsible for the people who take part in the production and support of our products and services worldwide. We take social factors into consideration alongside financial factors in making decisions on the purchase of goods and the commissioning of services. People whose work contributes to our success should not be deprived of their basic human rights, nor be forced to suffer physically or mentally from their work in any way.

Steroplast Healthcare Limited expects employers to respect fundamental human rights, to treat their workforce fairly and with respect. In order to make our position clear to our own staff, our suppliers and any other affected parties, we have a documented code of conduct.

Application

This Statement /Policy is applicable to, and to be complied with by:

  • Our Staff
  • Our Suppliers

Minimum Standards

Steroplast Healthcare Limited has identified the following reasons to establish a minimum Labour Standard: –

Child Labour

Steroplast Healthcare Limited does not engage in or support the use of child labour. We will discontinue our working relationship with any party that persists in the non-compliance with our child labour code.

Forced & Compulsory Labour

We shall not engage in or support the use of forced or compulsory labour.

Health & Safety

We shall provide a safe and healthy workplace environment and shall take effective steps to prevent potential accidents and injury to employees’ health by minimising, so far as is reasonably practicable, and in co-operation with its employees, the causes of hazards inherent in the workplace. All employees will receive safety and job specific instructions during the course of their employment with us. Employees shall have access to clean sanitary facilities and drinking water.

Discrimination

We shall not engage in or support any discriminatory practices in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, national or social origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliations, age or other conditions that could give rise to discrimination.

Disciplinary Practices

We shall treat all employees with dignity and respect. Steroplast Healthcare Limited shall not engage in or tolerate the use of corporal punishment, mental or physical coercion or verbal abuse of staff.

Working Hours

We shall comply with applicable laws and industry standards on working hours and holiday entitlements. Steroplast Healthcare Limited ensures all employees have the legal right to be employed in the UK. We prohibit compulsory overtime.

Living Wages

Steroplast Healthcare respects the living wage and ensures all employees are paid at least national legal standard living wage. Steroplast Healthcare prohibits the use of worker-paid recruitment fees.

Prohibition of Modern Slavery

We have a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery, and are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all of our business relationships and to implementing the effectiveness of our policy to ensure modern slavery is NOT taking place within our business here at Steroplast Healthcare or anywhere within our supply chain. We do this by adhering to the following laws locally and nationally here in the UK and ensure our suppliers within the country they are operating:

  • Freedom of workers to terminate employment
  • Freedom of movement
  • Freedom of association
  • Prohibiting any threat of violence, harassment and intimidation
  • Prohibiting confiscation of workers original identification documents
  • Providing access to remedy, compensation, and justice for victims of modern slavery

Legal Requirement / Procurement

We will ensure all of our suppliers are following the national and regional statutory requirements in the countries in which they are operating (Documentation is available to review on site).

We expect our suppliers to provide a safe and healthy working environment, to take adequate steps to prevent accidents and injury to any member of staff.

Performance

Key performance indicators (KPIs) are used within Steroplast Healthcare to measure progress in tackling modern slavery. As a company we ensure the training of our staff has been adapted to include modern slavery issues.

Safety / First Aid

Safety is a very important and is always a priority concern. Buildings must have clearly marked exits and emergency exits. Exits should not be blocked and should be visible at all times. All staff to be informed of the safety arrangements and evacuation plan.

The fire alarm is tested regularly; we also perform regular evacuation drills.

First aid equipment must be available and have the required amount of personnel trained in basic first aid.

Monitoring and Enforcement

This policy is circulated to all staff internally and throughout our supply chain.

We expect our employees, suppliers and their subcontractors to respect and observe our Labour Standards Policy.

If we become aware that any of our suppliers are not adhering to their Labour Standards Policy we reserve the right to terminate any agreed contract or withdraw our trade forthwith.

Our Labour Standards Policy will be reviewed annually, and the evidence of that review will be documented.

Adam C. Brown
Managing Director