Health and Safety Engagement Week 2017
Every year we run a Safety Week during which so that our employees and contractors bring extra focus to safety over and above our day to day activities. Each site focuses on a range of safety-related activities and works to deliver continuous improvement.
In 2017, Tarmac continued the ‘Take 5 for Safety’ principle, this meant taking time out of the ‘normal’ day to day routine to consider health and safety issues, focusing on daily themes for each of the five days and reviewing 5 Point Checklists to help employees to assess key risks associated with common activities. Again the programme included the use of Safety Selfies and High Fives showing safety in practice and indicating to the wider business good practices that are already in place.
Thousands of employees from across the business took part in Safety Week, employees from business areas came together to focus on themes such as site and road haulage transport, lock off, isolation and health and wellbeing. The week included a whole site hazard audit, carried out by representatives from each of the teams based at the sites, which was followed by evaluating site risk registers, vehicle and pedestrian management plans and operational risk assessments.
Operational teams reviewed measures for minimising work at height and operational controls relating to lock off and isolation and sites were encouraged to utilise materials provided in a toolkit and implement action plans to address the issues raised.
At a number of offices employee activities included keep fit sessions and a programme of exercises to help avoid musculoskeletal disorders. At the Head Office in Solihull, staff again had the opportunity to look round new Tarmac liveried vehicles and fully appreciate the risks associated with limited driver visibility whilst on the roads. A mobile plant similar was provided at Solihull and Syston to provide an insight into the challenges faced by operations. Across all Tarmac operations staff were encouraged to utilise materials linked to occupational health and a number of sites took advantage of staff wellbeing checks, including blood pressure monitoring.
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