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Blog: Health, Safety and Wellbeing SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Round One

09 June 2020

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Health, Safety and Wellbeing SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - Round One (Weybridge Group)

'ROUND ONE' is a mindset for the team at Weybridge Group for trusting and sharing information in regards to health, safety and wellbeing/mental health.

Wellbeing

They have a high percentage of over 40-year-old Skip and Tipper drivers that found it difficult to engage with some previous modern safety and wellbeing work campaigns.  So, they looked at using their own staff to share a clear message to the team that they could relate to by using Boxing and Martial Arts. They saw a lot of open discussions from the drivers around the MMA and boxing events that took place in 2018. Boxing and Martial Arts are well known for the support network that surrounds the fighters.

They changed the name of their toolbox talks to a '3 min rounds', their safety briefing to 'guard up', and end of day safety de-brief to 'last round'. They ran a campaign using staff in posters saying 'you wouldn’t go into the ring without your safety equipment on, so why would you do it at work?' This showed the similarities of PPE at work and safety equipment within Boxing and MMA. They also run a wellbeing campaign with images showing a staff member head down sitting on a boxing stall with gloves on while another member of the team stands behind him saying 'we are in your corner'.

They introduced Wellbeing Wednesdays, stating that their team needed to be fight ready/work-ready. Healthy eating can reduce the risks of diabetes and obesity so they supply healthy food and water bottles with dietary guidance. Weybridge Group also introduced a free cycle to work scheme to promote heather living. In 2020 they are looking at running 'ROUND 2'.

Safety

They have been re-accredited FORS Gold (Fleet operators recognition scheme) and in Q2 of 2019 were also accredited ISO 9001, 1401 and 45001. These measures alongside a range of other have resulted in reduced near misses and accidents in the workplace down by 37% year on year.

They have introduced a driver’s handbook that works alongside their operator’s handbook. Also, by achieving ISO 45001 Certification they actively demonstrate their ability to identify hazards, their associated risks and reduce them.

Their management's commitment to the system will also ensure that company standards are maintained along with compliance to ISO 45001. Their staff are also involved through their consultation and participation, creating a culture of safety throughout the business. They have also implemented an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 management system as well as others that follow the higher-level structure, this helps to integrate multiple management systems into one integrated management system (IMS).


Highlights:

  • Safer culture in workforce supported by their safety-first management team and engaged workforce  
  • Reduced near misses and incidents in the workplace - down by 37% year on year
  • Full understanding of staff wellbeing with a focused support mechanism. A driver is now actively receiving support from the medical profession due to this campaign and the support from their mental health advocate.

About the Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award: 

Health, Safety & Wellbeing is of paramount importance and a culture of ‘safety first’ is crucial to performance. Overarching health and safety risk management systems and effective health initiatives are fundamental to reducing or eliminating all types of incident and promoting health and well–being across the supply chain.

> Find out more about the other finalists here

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