Atlantach's 10 Platinum Rules

At Secto, safety is the core value of all our actions every day — we go way beyond simply fulfilling our legal requirements. Our whole safety ethos is built on our 10 Platinum Rules, which reduce unnecessary risk. Any employee or contractor is empowered to interrupt an activity if they feel any of these rules are being breached.

Safe driving practices

Always use a seatbelt and never exceed speed limits. Never use a mobile phone or any handheld device while driving. Always reverse park. Be aware of all other road users. Look out for warning signs, either permanent or temporary. Expect the unexpected!

Alcohol and drugs

Never drive or operate machinery under the influence of substances that may put you or others at risk, e.g. alcohol, recreational drugs or certain prescribed medication. Get clearance from your doctor before returning to work.

Personal protective equipment

Always use appropriate PPE specific to the environment you are working in, e.g. hard hats, safety boots, goggles, gloves etc. Always use safety harnesses when working at a height.

Right to say no

Correct training and knowledge to complete the task, and empower the employee to be able to say NO if something does not feel completely safe.

Plant and machinery

Never use plant/machinery you are not trained and ticketed to use, and ensure all plant/machinery is fit for purpose and certified. Never leave keys in unattended plant or machinery.

Signing, lighting and guarding

All work on public highways requires a Traffic Management Plan, designed and erected by a certified operative. Always protect openings or excavations by using appropriate barriers or gate guards. Prevent trip and fall hazards by keeping all work sites tidy.

Safe dig practices

Never commence a dig without reviewing all site stats. Make sure there are no overhead cables or hazards above or around your working environment. Always scan prior to digging. Never start digging within 10 metres of high voltage cables or high pressure gas mains until the ESBN or Bord Gais have issued a permit or are in attendance. Hand dig within 500mm of any service.

Working at heights

A verified fixed or mobile platform with a guard or handrails should be used where practicable. Everyone should be trained and competent to perform the activity including the use of fall prevention and fall arrest equipment. People are to be attached to an anchorage point at all times, and ladders must be secured.

Continuous risk assessment

Continuously assess your work area. Hazards which may not have been present at the start of the day may emerge as work progresses. Do not start a job if you do not think it is safe, and stop work if you believe it is unsafe to continue.

5×5 = 5 steps back and 5 minutes to plan your work.