Winner: SRW engineering services
Demonstrating a mature approach through a raft of health, safety and wellbeing initiatives, SRW engineering services scored highly across the board in scooping this award.
One of the many stand-out features of the firm’s submission was the work it had done to support the mental health of its staff.
The mechanical and electrical engineering contractor appointed 40 mental health ambassadors to give its teams a clear point of contact, as well as putting in place wider training such as mental health first aid and resilience courses.
There was also clear evidence that health and safety is being taken seriously from the top of the company right the way through to onsite teams, with mandatory Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) safety training for executives and directors. It also offers four-hour IFE orientation, supervisory and resilience training packages for managers and site teams, and has implemented mandatory half-day HSW update training.
Throughout 2017, the company spent more than £80,000 on health, safety and wellbeing training, racking up in excess of 700 training days for its staff.
“Its commitment to tackling mental health was one of the distinguishing factors, and its use of technology coupled with a mature approach to handling what will always be an ongoing task was very good”
As part of its ongoing commitment to share information and best practice, project directors from SRW and supply chain managing directors meet twice a year to share results from ongoing health and safety initiatives.
Judges were impressed by this commitment to continuously improve and find new ways to ensure the safety of its teams.
“Its commitment to tackling mental health was one of the distinguishing factors, and its use of technology coupled with a mature approach to handling what will always be an ongoing task was very good,” the panel said. “You can tell this is being led by the leaders in the business.”
SRW also has a mobile app that gives its staff and operatives access to the company’s best practice procedures, health and safety dilemma scenarios and a wellbeing calendar, which features several areas of focus each month to raise awareness on an ongoing basis.
The company adapted its first aid rooms to include equipment where people can carry out health assessments themselves, including blood pressure monitoring and BMI measuring to stay on top of their personal health.
SRW also operates a wellbeing van, which now visits every site following a successful trial and has helped two members of staff discover underlying health issues that were later diagnosed by their doctors.
Proactive steps such as these underpinned the judges’ decision to crown SRW this year’s winner.
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