Occupational health, safety best practice and workforce wellbeing have never been so high on the agenda – and these finalists are leading the way.
CN Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing company Anglian Water one Alliance
Anglian Water @One Alliance
The @One Alliance’s health and safety campaign LIFE (Living an Injury-free Environment) has expanded significantly over the past 12 months. More than 900 construction safety inspection reports capturing key health and safety data from sites were conducted – almost double the number carried out in the previous year.
Where significant issues are discovered, newsflashes and bulletins are issued to raise awareness across all teams. Due to the success of the LIFE initiative, @one Alliance is assisting Anglian Water to share and embed the programme within other alliance teams, which cover some 3,500 staff and supply chain members.
BCM Construction expanded its focus on health and safety during 2017 to take a closer look at mental health and wellbeing support. Healthy snacks have been made available to operatives and office workers throughout the working week, while open conversations around mental health are held across the organisation following feedback from focus groups.
Furthermore, BCM Construction has developed a briefing on electrical hazards that was published on Southern Shield – a safety forum for contractors working on Network Rail infrastructure projects in the South of England. BCM identified a need for training on electrical hazards and duly created a supervisor health and safety training programme to be used across the supply chain.
CN Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing company Jacobs
Last year marked the 10-year anniversary of Jacob’s behavioural safety programme, BeyondZero, which the consultant says has brought about a fundamental shift in how its employees perceive safety.
A new initiative, Mental Health Matters, was introduced in order to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing at every level of the business. Around 120 Jacobs mental health champions were responsible for communicating this campaign.
Following the success of Mental Health Matters, more than 200 mental health champions have been deployed across the whole of Jacobs UK business.
CN Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing company Network Rail
An employee health and wellbeing survey two years ago found that only 66 per cent of all Network Rail employees felt the company supported their mental health. Since then, the company has worked hard to address this.
Working with mental health charity Mind, Network Rail has rolled out monthly education campaigns about mental health to remove the stigma surrounding the issue and encourage workers to think about their wellbeing.
The charity also helped train 54 mental health champions within the Network Rail team, which has spread further out across other departments in the company. The organisation says increasing numbers of employees are now reaching out for support, and a training course has been set up for line managers to help them spot mental health issues.
CN Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing company O Donovan Waste Disposal
O’Donovan Waste Disposal
‘Safety above and beyond’ is the name of O’Donovan Waste Disposal’s campaign to drive higher standards of health and safety, both within the company and the construction waste sector.
Set up in 2017, the initiative has seen the company undertake a complete overhaul of its health and safety operations.
Detailed health and safety booklets have been tailor-made for each individual in the company, which employs 160 people. These have been written with a keen focus on the language used, and health and safety best practice is outlined that is specific to that person’s role. Further safety training has also been rolled out, which has led to a reduction in accidents of 22 per cent.
CN Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing company Van Elle
Van Elle invested more than £1m and opened a new training centre last year to further improve employee standards in health and safety best practice.
The contractor also offers specialist training to clients, engineers and competitors to pass on its knowledge to the wider industry on health and safety behaviours.
Last year, Van Elle made significant progress in addressing mental health across the company, working closely with mental health organisations to better understand the issue. More than 25 mental health champions have now been appointed, who regularly visit sites and offices to talk to colleagues and signpost support.
CN Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing company Wates Group
Wates stepped up its work to improve health and safety standards across the business during 2017, rolling out a number of wellbeing initiatives.
Awareness training and a two-day mental health first aider course were rolled out last year, with the aim of having a fully qualified mental health first aider on every site and office by 2020.
The contractor has implemented an online health and safety induction that operatives must complete before they attend a site. These induction can be tailored to each project or job role.
The contractor also reported its lowest number of RIDDORs, lost-time accidents and first aid injuries in five years.
CN Awards 2018 Health Safety Wellbeing company Wilson James
Wilson James’ executives carry out tours of the company’s sites on a regular basis, reviewing and reporting on health and safety performance.
Mental health and wellbeing has been a key aspect of the company’s health and safety programme over the past 12 months. The company signed the Time To Change pledge and is reviewing and changing policies that directly address the mental health of the company’s workforce.
Since then, 20 volunteers have been made Time To Change champions who talk to colleagues on Wilson James’ sites about mental health, breaking down the stigma around this issue and offering support.