Looking after Health and Safety is not just good business sense and practice, but it is also one of our top priorities as a company to ensure we promote positive well-being, behaviour and enforcing safe working practices across the whole Group.
As a Group we endeavour to achieve a high level of Health & Safety. We will always strive to maintain our accident levels below the industry standards, setting ambitious KPI’s to monitor performance year by year.
The company is legally and morally responsible for health and safety of its employees and for the impact of work activities and business operations as it affects others, including the general public, and the environment. The Management are committed to continual improvement of health and safety performance.
From an economic point of view, the company believes that prevention is not only better, but cheaper than cure. There is no necessary conflict between humanitarian and commercial consideration. Profits and safety are not in competition. On the contrary, Thomas Armstrong believes safety is good business.
From a legal perspective, the company is committed to ensuring that it complies with all relevant health and safety legislation. Where it is reasonably practicable to do so, the company will strive to go beyond the requirements of legislation.
The company is committed to ongoing monitoring and review processes, so that continual improvement in the management of health and safety can be achieved.
Striving to do better.
Our Health and Safety team always work to a high standard but are never complacent. The team continue to strive and look for innovative approaches into what measures can be improved or introduced to ensure the health, safety and well-being of individuals is maintained to the highest levels.
Thomas Armstrong recognises that its employees are a vital asset to the organisation and it has a duty to ensure that the proper provisions are made for their health and safety.
To achieve this the company:
Recognise that safety is of paramount importance and an integral part of all business activities.
Provide a working environment that protects the health and safety of its employees, all those on our sites and safeguards our clients.
Be committed to the systematic identification of hazards, control of risk and the pursuit of progressive and continuous improvements in health and safety.
Carry out risk assessments of all work activities at the planning stage.
Set up management arrangements for producing safety plans, monitoring performance, giving specialist advice and reviewing systems on health and safety matters.
Communicate and consult with employees on matters relating to the health and safety policy and performance.
Establish and maintain an effective health and safety management structure with individual posts having clearly defined safety responsibilities and competencies.
Ensure there is no conflict between safety and the demands of the job and provide adequate financial, human and physical resources, which will include the provision of appropriate Information, instruction and training so that employees are competent in their job.
Health & Safety is primarily a management responsibility, however, it’s successful implementation will rely heavily on the cooperation of those who actually carry out the work and take risks to act responsibly and to do everything they can to prevent personal injury to themselves and fellow workers.
Individual Heads of Departments and Senior Managers have defined responsibilities for the management of Health and Safety. Their performance and that of the organisation as a whole will be regularly appraised.
Thomas Armstrong are committed to a policy of providing focused training to further the knowledge and skills of their employees in a challenging environment.
The company have developed a skills matrix, which details the minimum level of training required for company personnel to competently execute their role within the company structure.
All training needs are discussed and developed at monthly training meetings, chaired by the director accountable for training and development. The annual training plan is reviewed and updated at each meeting.
Company employees are encouraged to approach the Health & Safety department to discuss their training needs. This two way approach has encouraged staff and operatives to promote themselves within the company structure.
Training all employees, including any updates or refresher training required the industry is kept under review to enable individuals to carry out their duties competently, effectively and safely.
Recently mental health and people’s well-being has become increasing highlighted in the national news and across social media.
The Group has recognised this issue and believes that everyone’s mental health should be equally valued alongside people’s physical health. The company has taken on board the importance of proactively promoting a healthy workplace to minimise the impact on our employees and to maintain everyone’s well-being.
In partnership with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England we as a company have invested time, money and resources in to training key employees as ‘Mental Health First Aiders’ across the business.
Each First Aider has the specific knowledge, training and practical skills to have the confidence to reassure an individual with signs of mental health issues or in distress. Mental Health First Aiders can also promote signposts to available local support.
Group Health and Safety Director
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Group Health and Safety Manager
Health and Safety Accreditations
Thomas Armstrong Group have like all businesses within our sector and across the UK faced challenges and uncertainty during this pandemic; however, throughout this time, the health, safety and well-being of all employees, contractors and the public have always been our priority.