Health and Safety

Safety First signBlackburn Starling’s Health & Safety Policy and Management System follows the principles of OHSAS 18001 and has been audited against this standard by Achilles Verify.

Health and safety is of paramount importance at Blackburn Starling and training for all employees is provided at induction on commencement of employment. This is further supplemented by job specific training as required by an individual’s role.  In line with the Health and Safety Improvement Strategy of the Major Contractors Group (MCG) and the Client/Contractor National Safety Group (CCNSG), all site personnel are CSCS/ECITB, CPCS and Water Hygiene Card Holders.  This is in addition to the required technical qualifications for their role and any mandatory customer training i.e. Thames Water Safety Passport Scheme.  Site Supervisors are also accredited with the Construction Site Supervisors’ Safety Certificate.

Health and safety performance is monitored on an ongoing basis by reference to completed audits and against identified KPIs.  The results are reviewed at the quarterly Health & Safety Committee meetings and are focused on demonstrating an increased level of health and safety performance through the reduction of accidents and improving work place and site safety.  Applicable changes to legislation are also covered in the Health & Safety Committee Meetings that may have an impact on company processes and procedures.

RISK ASSESSMENTProject specific Method Statements and Risk Assessments are produced for all contracts undertaken and Permit to Work Systems are implemented for potentially high risk tasks. These form an essential part of Blackburn Starling’s safe systems of work which are critically reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure the optimum levels of safety at all times.

Blackburn Starling promotes open and honest communication and encourages employees to report all accidents and incidents for full investigation by the Health & Safety Manager. Accident reports are reviewed to identify any trends or further actions required so that we can further reduce the number of occurrences.

Blackburn Starling participates in the Working Well Together Scheme, an initiative introduced to improve health and safety in the construction industry. This provides invaluable support and advice from fellow members who also share information on good practice.

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