M.B.Roche & Sons Ltd – 2013 Top tips for Health & Safety
There are several recurring key themes that emerged as contributing to our good health and safety record during 2012.
Hull & East Yorkshire based civil engineering firm M.B.Roche & Sons Ltd share the top 10 tips for health and safety in 2013.
- Set the tone on safety: make your expectations clear and lead by example on site – ‘walk the walk, talk the talk’.
- Make sure your workforce is ‘happy, healthy and here’ by giving health risk management equal priority to accident prevention.
- Plan ahead: take time out before starting on a complicated piece of work to consider the risks and work out how to manage them.
- Adapt working practices to manage identified risks: focus on practical measures, there is no need to produce lengthy documents. ‘Common Sense, Common Safety’
- Review and learn: where health and safety failings are identified, look at what went wrong and adapt risk management arrangements to avoid a recurrence.
- Make sure supervisors have the right skills to lead the workforce effectively: as well as technical knowledge, they need good communication skills.
- A short daily activity briefing before work starts will pay dividends for both safety and efficiency.
- Visual standards – posters or photographs illustrating health and safety ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ – can be a good way of getting messages across.
- Listen to workers and involve them in problem solving: a two-way dialogue is essential if workers are to feel they have a real stake in health and safety.
- Establish a ‘fair blame’ culture on health and safety: if mistakes are made, use them as shared learning points; if rules are flouted, apply sanctions.