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Health & Safety

There is a genuine commitment to raise the safety, health and environmental awareness of all undertaking work on behalf of the group. This commitment is fully endorsed at board level, and by the most senior managers within the group, who have supported a continued and sustained program of education and training. The Group are committed to the Incident and Injury Free initiative and believe that by engaging with and supporting all working on behalf of the Group that an Incident and Injury Free workplace is achievable.

Competent persons as required by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations

Steven McKenna

Group Safety, Health and Environment Manager
Steven McKenna, GRADIOSH

Tel: 0141 647 9638
Mob: 07811 826 056
Email: steven.mckenna@veitchi.com

Steven McKenna, Group Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, has day to
day responsibility for all Health and Safety matters across the Veitchi
Group companies.  Steven is an essential member of the team, ensuring we
maintain an “out of the office” approach to Health and Safety.  As well as
holding responsibility for our company Health and Safety policies and
procedures, Steven is in-house CDM Coordinator for Veitchi Homes.  Steven
takes a pragmatic, diligent and passionate approach to health and safety in
the workplace.

Donna Theron

Group SHE Officer
Donna Theron, GRADIOSH

Tel: 0141 647 9638
Mob: 07590 417 285
Email: donna.theron@veitchi.com

Donna Theron, Group SHE Officer, has day to day responsibility for advising
the Veitchi Group companies on health & safety matters.  Donna provides
support to the Group Health, Safety & Environmental Manager for all HSE
matters.

Safety, Health and Environment at Boardroom level


The Board are of the view that health and safety is a culture and are determined to instill that culture not just in our own staff but in our clients, suppliers, sub contractors, co workers and beyond. That message is re enforced at bi-monthly Directors meetings, where health and safety is the first item on the meeting agendas. The Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser attends every meeting and compiles a written update for all attending.

Health and Safety Policy and Environmental Policy


The Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser reviews, revises and re-issues the health and safety policy and the environmental policy on an annual basis. The policy statements are signed by the Group Managing Director. A Safety Health and Environment Action Plan is produced on a quarterly basis, detailing the relevant safety, health or environmental issues to be addressed during that period. This plan is also issued to all Directors.

The Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser has produced a manual for all branches within the group to utilise. This manual is web based; password protected and is updated by the Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser.

The Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser also compiles an annual Safety Health and Environment Report, which is issued to all Directors. Accident reports are collated by the Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser and statistics issued to all Directors within this report.

The Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser revised the accident investigation proforma to reflect the investigation criteria contained within the Health and Safety Executive Guidance document HSG 245 Investigating Accidents and Incidents.

To view our Safety Policy Statement please click here

Safety, Health and Environment Training


The Group’s commitment to Health Safety and Environment is no better demonstrated than by our investment in training. The Group estimates an annual expenditure of £250,000 on HS&E and a large part of that is on training our staff.
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Training undertaken

  • All current Directors have attained the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Site Safety Training for Senior Managers qualification. There is an ongoing commitment to ensure all at this level attain this qualification.
  • All current Contracts Managers Site Managers / Branch Managers have attained the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Site Safety Training for Senior Managers qualification. There is an ongoing commitment to ensure all at this level attain this qualification.
  • All current Site Supervisors / Foremen have attained, as a minimum, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Site Safety Plus Supervisors Training Scheme qualification. There is an ongoing commitment to ensure all at this level attain this qualification.
  • The Group and Assistant Group Safety Health and Environment Advisers both gained the Incident and Injury Free Orientation (IIF) Leader Development Programme Certificate, organised and run by Lend Lease, and are therefore accredited to run Incident and Injury Free programmes. These programmes have been rolled out to all staff including sub contractors
  • It is group policy that all working on behalf of the group, including labour only and specialist sub-contractors are in possession of a current, valid and occupation specific CSCS or other accepted record scheme card. CSCS was set up to help the construction industry to improve quality and reduce accidents. CSCS cards are increasingly demanded as proof of occupational competence by contractors, public and private clients and others. www.cscs.uk.com
  • This requirement follows the UK Contractors Group initiative regarding a “competent workforce”. The Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser drove the initial impetus to work towards compliance, initially in 2003. The Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser monitors compliance with group policy during annual branch safety, health and environment assessments. www.ukcg.org.uk
  • The Group and Assistant Group Safety Health and Environment Advisers carry out a number of training courses for operatives within the group, including sub-contractors e.g. manual handling training, abrasive wheel training, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Awareness Training, asbestos awareness training.
  • The Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser is a Prefabricated Access and Suppliers (PASMA) accredited trainer and runs courses in-house for operatives and sub-contractors. www.pasma.co.uk
  • The Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser assists group branches arrange specific health and safety training topics e.g. first-aid training, Independent Powered Access Federation (IPAF) operator training, fork-lift trick training etc.
  • The Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser collates training records for the group and distributes by means of the Safety Health and Environment Manual. Tool-box talks are held with operatives on a regular basis; attendance is recorded and collated within the training records.

Safety Forums and Groups


The Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser set up Safety Forums within all Veitchi Group companies. These forums meet on a 6-montly basis and are attended by Managers and Supervisors. The aim of the forum is to consult with employees, share and resolve common issues, review accident statistics etc. Minutes of meetings are produced and issued to all attending.

The Group are members of the Scottish Construction Safety Group, the Safety, Health and Environment Forum (Scotland), Scottish Specialist Contractors Training Committee and a number of trade body organisations. The Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser sits on the Committee of the Safety, Health and Environment Forum (Scotland).

The Group, through, the Group and Assistant Group Safety Health and Environment Advisers are members of following

  • the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health,
  • the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and,
  • British Occupational Hygiene Society
  • the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

Accreditations


The group has attained a number of external accreditations, as detailed below;

Achilles Building Confidence

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This accreditation was initially gained in September 2007, and is renewable annually subject to a satisfactory 2-day audit. Achilles Building Confidence is designed to assess the construction industry supply chain in safety, health, environmental, sustainability, occupational health and financial areas. The Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser was instrumental in gaining the initial accreditation.

www.achilles.com

CHAS – Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme

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CHAS accreditation was gained by the group in April 2009, again the Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser was instrumental in gaining the accreditation. CHAS assesses the applicant’s organisational health and safety arrangements including, health and safety policy, risk assessment, first-aid arrangements, occupational health arrangements, consultation processes, resources allocated to health and safety, training etc. This accreditation is renewable bi-annually be means of comprehensive questionnaire.

www.chas.gov.uk

Safe Contractor

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Safecontractor accreditation was gained in September 2009, again the Group Safety Health and Environment Adviser was instrumental in gaining accreditation. Safecontractor is similar in process to CHAS with accreditation renewable on an annual basis by means of a comprehensive questionnaire.

www.safecontractor.com

Construction Line

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Construction line is a public Private Partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry and Capita. It is the UK’s largest register for pre-qualified contractors and consultants.

Construction Line pre-qualify all suppliers to government standards giving our customers confidence that they are dealing with a bona fide organisation.

All of the Veitchi group companies are members of Construction Line and our details can be accessed from the construction line web site as follows:

www.constructionline.co.uk

FeRFA

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Veitchi Industrial Flooring Ltd and Veitchi (England) Ltd are members of FeRFA, the Resin Flooring Association.
FeRFA are the only organisation dedicated solely to Resin Flooring and represent the leading manufacturers, contractors and associated companies involved in resin flooring systems.

As part of their commitment to excellence FeRFA promote “Qualifying the Workforce” through the provision of training and NVQ schemes, through which the operatives of Veitchi have gained accreditation.

Members subscribe to FeRFA Codes of Practice requiring high standards of operation, management, technical service, health & safety and business integrity.

Further information can be found at

www.ferfa.org.uk