Occupational Health and Safety Policy

The MWS – Master Welding Solutions, Lda. commitment:

1. Safety, hygiene and health at work is an integral part of the company's activity and is manifested in all decisions: in design, construction, operation, personnel management, supply, customer relations, relationship with suppliers and the general public.

2. Safety is integral to everyone's activity, which is imposed through compliance with applicable legal requirements, standards, rules and good practices, and in the initiative and constant contribution to its improvement and improvement.

3. Safety is an inherent component of hierarchical responsibility, which is responsible for ensuring the application of regulations, assuming a visible and permanent personal commitment, promoting the training and information of its employees and controlling the environment in which work takes place.

4. At all times and in any situation, the company assumes the conduct of its activities with the objective of "zero accidents", through continuous improvement in safety management and performance, with the definition of concrete objectives for progress.

5. Safety in carrying out work must be achieved in accordance with the following principles:

5.1. Ensuring safety and health conditions for workers in all aspects of their work, as well as for third parties likely to be covered by the risks of carrying out work, whether on the premises or outside.

5.2. Ensure, on a continuous and permanent basis, that the activity is carried out in conditions of safety and health for the worker, taking into account the following general principles of prevention:

• Avoid risks;
• Plan prevention as a coherent system that integrates technical evolution, work organization, working conditions, social relations and the influence of environmental factors;
• Identify foreseeable risks in all activities of the company, establishment or service, in the design or construction of installations, places and work processes, as well as in the selection of equipment, substances and products, with a view to their elimination or, when this is unfeasible, to the reduction of its effects;
• Integration of the assessment of risks to the safety and health of workers in the set of activities of the company, establishment or service, adopting adequate protection measures;
• Combat risks at source, in order to eliminate or reduce exposure and increase levels of protection;
• Ensure, in the workplace, that exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents and psychosocial risk factors do not constitute a risk to the safety and health of workers;
• Adapting work to the individual, especially with regard to the design of workstations, the choice of work equipment and work and production methods, with a view, in particular, to alleviating monotonous work and repetitive work and reducing psychosocial risks;
• Proceed with adapting to the state of technical evolution, as well as to new ways of organizing work;
• Substituting what is dangerous for what is not dangerous or less dangerous;
• Prioritize collective protection measures over individual protection measures;
• Elaborate and disseminate instructions that are understandable and adequate to the activity carried out by the worker.

6. Implement preventive measures that are anticipated and correspond to the result of risk assessments associated with the various stages of the production process, including preparatory, maintenance and repair activities, in order to obtain effective levels of protection for the safety and health of the worker.

7. Whenever a worker is entrusted with tasks, his knowledge and skills in terms of safety and health at work will be considered, and the information and training necessary for carrying out the activity in safe and healthy conditions will be provided.

8. Whenever it is necessary to access high risk areas, allow access only to workers with adequate aptitude and training, for the minimum time necessary.

9. Adopt measures and give instructions that allow the worker, in the event of serious and imminent danger that cannot be technically avoided, to cease his activity or immediately leave the workplace, without being able to resume activity as long as that danger persists , except in exceptional cases and provided adequate protection is ensured.

10. Ensure worker health surveillance according to the risks to which they are potentially exposed in the workplace.

11. Establish in matters of first aid, firefighting and evacuation the measures that must be adopted and the identification of the workers responsible for their application, as well as ensuring the necessary contacts with the competent external entities to carry out those operations and those of medical emergency.

12. Organize the appropriate services, internal or external to the company, establishment or service, mobilizing the necessary means, namely in the areas of technical prevention activities, training and information, as well as the protective equipment that becomes necessary to use.

13. Bear all the costs related to the organization and operation of the occupational safety and health service and other prevention systems, including health surveillance exams, exposure assessments, tests and all necessary actions within the scope of promoting safety safety and health at work, without imposing any financial burden on workers.

For more information, consult the document below.