The Board actively promotes a positive health and safety culture within the business and ensures that this is reflected in all of our policies and procedures and our approach to training and development of the people involved in our operations. Health and Safety is the first agenda item at monthly Board meetings. The health and safety of everyone involved in our business or affected by it is a vital consideration in everything we do.
Policies and procedures
We have developed a comprehensive set of policies and procedures covering all of our operations and these are constantly updated and communicated to relevant employees and everyone else working on our sites.
Our procedures identify all of the relevant risks and hazards that are likely to be encountered in the course of our work and, more importantly, set out the appropriate precautionary control measures.
The Group’s Health and Safety Management System is accredited to BS OHSAS 18001:2007 and continues to be audited every six months by the British Standards Institution (BSI) in accordance with their stringent auditing processes.
This year our occupational health and safety performance was once again recognised by the ‘Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ (RoSPA) with another gold medal award (7 consecutive gold awards). This award and the BSI certification are recognition of the very high standard of the Group’s overall approach to health and safety.
The Group has an ‘Executive Safety Committee’ and an ‘Operational Safety Forum’ made up of a number of senior employees with extensive industry experience. Both of these groups meet regularly and are instrumental in developing significant changes to the way health and safety is managed and to our policies and procedures. This ensures we are constantly up to date with any changes in working practices or regulations. John Fitzgerald is the Board director with overall responsibility for health and safety.
Training and development
Telford Homes operates in an industry where up to date qualifications, standards and knowledge are vital to the safe and successful operation of the business.
We invest in the training and development of our people through a rigorous health and safety training programme which ensures that all employees have the appropriate skills and knowledge. Training is seen as a necessity and it is important to continually assess training needs whilst anticipating changes in the external environment that will dictate new skills and knowledge that our employees may need.
The focus on high quality industry specific training allows the Group to have a fresh approach and the Board views training, particularly through apprenticeships, as an essential investment in the future of the Group and the future of the construction industry. The needs of new members of staff joining the business are carefully assessed so that any specific training requirements are identified and acted upon.