‘Home Safe Everyday’ is the standard we live by. Our work can involve hazardous situations and the health and safety of our employees and others affected by our work is of paramount importance. We take our responsibilities seriously and work hard to ensure our employees and contractors understand their role in remaining vigilant to risk on a day-to-day basis.
As noted last year, we are rolling out the ‘Safety Lens’ which is our tool for employees and management designed to help in the continual improvement of our safety culture. The Safety Lens lays down a set of commitments that our managers and employees believe are important and make the biggest difference to our safety performance.
These commitments have three themes
- Trusted to deliver: the commitment that we make to our employees to deliver on safety by providing suitable resources, training and time, and managers who ‘walk the talk’
- We ask each other: the commitment we expect from our employees to one another, to work safely and do the things we should all be doing.
- We share to learn and improve: the commitment we expect from our employees to help us learn from mistakes and improve safety performance based on experience and knowledge.
The Safety Lens is designed as a mechanism to enable our employees to talk about safety; in their teams, to their managers and to customers. It is a way of looking at things from a safety perspective and challenging each other to see if things could be done more safely.
Although the rate of reduction in our total injuries rate has slowed, the increasing use of the Safety Lens and local divisional and business unit initiatives have helped reduce the year-on-year RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) rate by 19% and RIDDOR accidents by 13% during 2012/13 compared to 2011/12.
During the year the UK Health and Safety Executive changed RIDDOR reporting from time lost through injury from three days to seven days. However we have taken the decision to continue to monitor and report on the lower three day threshold.