Occupational Safety and Health Policy

MWS - Master Welding Solutions, Lda. – The Commitment:

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

2. Safety is integral to the activity of each one that is imposed by the fulfilment of the applicable legal requirements, standards, rules and good practices, and in the initiative and constant contribution to its growth and improvement.

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

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

5. Safety in carrying out the work must be achieved according to the following principles:

5.1. Provide the worker with safety and health conditions in all aspects of his work as well as third parties who may be covered by the risks of carrying out the work, whether on the premises or abroad.

5.2. Ensure, continuously and permanently, the exercise of the activity in safety and health conditions for the worker, considering the following general principles of prevention:

• Avoid the 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 company activities, establishment or service, in the design or construction of facilities, work sites and processes, as well as in the selection of equipment, substances and products, in view of their elimination or, when it is not feasible to reduce its effects.
• Integrate risk assessment for worker health and safety in the activities of the company, establishment or service, taking the appropriate protective measures;
• Combat risks at source to eliminate or reduce exposure and increase protection levels;
• Ensure at work that exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents and psychosocial risk factors do not pose a risk to the safety and health of the worker;
• Adapt work to man, especially with regards to workplaces, choice of work equipment and methods of work and production, with the goal of reducing monotonous and repetitive work and reducing psychosocial risks;
• Adapt to technological evolution as well as new forms of work organization;
• Replace what is dangerous with what is non dangerous or hazardous;
• Prioritize collective protection measures over individual protection measures;
• Develop and disseminate instructions that are understandable and appropriate to the activity performed by the worker.

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

7. Where tasks are entrusted to a worker, his knowledge and skills in occupational safety and health shall be taken onto account and the information and training necessary to carry out the activity safely and healthfully shall be provided.

8. Where access to high-risk areas is required, allow access only to suitably trained and trained workers for the minimum time required.

9. Adopt measures and instructions to enable the worker, in the event of a serious and imminent danger which cannot be technically avoided, to cease his activity or to leave the workplace immediately, without being able to resume his activity while such danger persists, unless in exceptional cases and provided that adequate protection is ensured.

10. Ensure worker health surveillance against the risks to which you are potentially exposed in the workplace.

11. Establish in the field of first aid, firefighting and evacuation the measures to be taken and the identification of the workers responsible for its application, as well as ensure the necessary contacts with the external entities competent to carry out those operations and those for medical emergency.

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

13. Support the full burden on the organization and operation of the occupational safety and health service and other prevention systems, including health surveillance examinations, exposure assessments, testing and all necessary actions in the promotion of safety and health; occupational health without imposing any financial burden on workers.

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