CONTINUING TO DELIVER SUSTAINABLE SERVICES THROUGH SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES: OUR GOLD STANDARD30 March 2020
Prestigious UK membership organisation, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has once again awarded Lucion Services Gold for both Fleet and Health and Safety performance 2020.
Operating for over 100 years, RoSPAplays a fundamental role in UK health and safety. In both personal and occupational life, RoSPA campaigns for the implementation of best safety practices, encouraging continuous change and development in current safety management systems.
Providing a multitude of support, resources and training to individuals and organisations, RoSPA offers reassurance to clients that suppliers who hold RoSPA awards have evidenced effective health and safety practices throughout their business.
RoSPA Health & Safety Awards
The HSE recorded 147 workplace fatalities in 2018/19 and a further 1.4 million workplace-related illnesses. Failures in health and safety can cause massive disruptions and costs to business and immeasurable costs to the individual’s quality of life. That is why RoSPA introduced the annual RoSPA Health and Safety awards to recognise good health and safety performance.
Established in 1956, the RoSPA Health and Safety awards offer organisations the opportunity to demonstrate continuous commitment to not only sustaining but developing their health and safety practices.
Lucion Services and its subsidiary companies can proudly announce that we have been re-awarded our two Gold prestigious, internationally recognised, awards from RoSPA for our outstanding health and safety practices.
Chief Technical Officer Ross Boulton commented on the achievement:
“The RoSPA award schemes provide invaluable bench-marking of our health and safety management systems. To achieve gold standards, we’ve learned that our approach to health and safety has to be far more than simple corporate policies and well-meaning intentions. We’ve had to be innovative in our approach and lead a culture of continuous improvement. Our overall QHSE program is focused on raising awareness, understanding, and participation of individuals. Therefore, I’d like these awards to be seen as a testament to the work our employees are doing on a daily basis to keep our workplaces, and those of our customers, safe and healthy.”
What Is Involved In RoSPA Submissions?
RoSPA submissions require a lot of time dedication and out of the box thinking. They should not be underestimated or mistaken as a simple audit conducted by an external company. RoSPA submissions are an extensively detailed submission detailing how an organisation continually improves its health and safety standards and procedures year on year.
Our team at Lucion encourages all organisations to champion their health and safety practices and champion the individuals within their organisation to help continuously improve their health and safety practices. We believe in knowledge sharing to ensure organisations from a wide range of industries look to protect both their own teams and other contractors on-site as well as other stakeholders. With this in mind, we thought we would give you an insight into what it takes to achieve and maintain our Gold standard (beyond the very late nights and countless hours of writing).
RoSPA submissions involve responding to various questions relating to how, as an organisation, we manage:
- Safety Leadership
- Workforce Engagement
- Active Monitoring
- Accident Investigation
- Performance Reviews across the Group
- Rigorous auditing process to ensure compliance with external and internal health and safety guidance, regulations, and policies
Working closely with the Chief Technical Officer Ross Boulton, the Assurance Team and our bids writers, we collate information and use our best examples of health and safety management, practices and innovation that we have implemented during the past year.
As well as covering our assurance metrics data, internal training and auditing practices, we also include our homegrown innovative health and safety initiative, Take Care Be Aware (TCBA).
What Is Take Care, Be Aware
As an acquisitive company demonstrating year or year growth in the number of team members, we established an internal health and safety team.
Team members from each of our regional offices(both national and international) voted for a health and safety expert who acts as a representative and contact for colleagues internally. The team works together to continue to promote high standards of health and safety across the company.
Our TCBA initiative works on atwo-way feedback system. All team members are encouraged to submit observations, suggestions for improvements, near misses and accidents that are reviewed and educate the development of our health and safety practices.
Chris Parr, Assurance Director at Lucion Services, explained:
“We now have a new and strengthened internal health and safety team which brings together the expertise of some of our most experienced and trusted team members. The team will be local representatives for their colleagues in each office, and they will tackle any internal health and safety concerns, ensuring a safe working environment for all of our employees.”
Find out more about our internal Health and Safety Take Care, Be Aware Initiative and how we engage our employees.
Health And Safety Award: Gold
Due to the continued development of our internal engagement and communication strategy, we have seen continued year on year decreases in the number of accidents/incidents throughout the company.
Developing our communication methods and investing in effective engagement with our team members has altered our health and safety culture within the organisation. We are proud to say that we are a team lead organisation whereby improvements and development in our health and safety policies, procedures and practices are heavily influenced by our team member’s TCBA observation submissions.
The development of our health and safety practices and investment into improving our engagement with team members has been fundamental to upholding our RoSPA Gold Health and Safety award.
Find out more about positive health and safety culture and why it is imperative to your Safety Management Systems.
Fleet Safety Award: Gold
The RoSPA Fleet Safety Awards reward organisations on their continued development and improvement of how they manage their occupational road risks. We are proud to say that we have once again achieved RoSPA Gold for our efforts in managing our organisation’s fleet safety.
Brian Foster, Lucion Services Fleet Manager, commented:
“I would like to say a huge thank you to our team for helping us all achieve this fantastic accolade. A special thank you is extended to Kevin Watts for his time and effort in putting the Lucion submission together. Finally to all drivers; remember without safe driving, none of this is possible. So from me personally, thank you and stay safe.” Brian Foster, Lucion Fleet Manager.
We are proud to say we continue to be proactive in implementing and developing our driving specific health and safety policies and procedures.
What It Takes To Achieve Gold
RoSPA submissions take a collective effort from multiple stakeholders and around 3-4 weeks to complete including; drafting responses, revisions and collating all the evidence.
Achieving Gold is imperative for our organisation as it demonstrates to both current and potential clients and the industry, that our approach to managing safety, health and wellbeing is continually improving and that we are a supplier of trusted sustainable risk management services.
Kevin Watts, Lucion Services Bids Coordinator, commented:
“RoSPA is a great thing to be involved in as we highlight our innovative and progressive safety practices within the Lucion group. By working collaboratively with Ross Boulton (Chief Technical Officer), Lucy Hughes (Communications Director) and Chris Parr (Assurance Director) we find areas that we can improve on going forward, helping with policy and procedure development and ultimately improving safeguarding for our Teams and clients.” Kevin Watts, Bids Coordinator.
Positive Health And Safety Culture: The Benefits Of Getting It Right: https://www.lucionservices.com/positive-health-and-safety-culture-the-benefits-of-getting-it-right/
Lucion Services – Accreditations, Memberships And Awards: https://www.lucionservices.com/about-us/certified-accredited/
Health And Safety Management – Why Your Health And Safety Practices Should Be A Two-Way System: https://www.lucionservices.com/health-safety-management-why-your-health-and-safety-practices-should-be-a-two-way-system/
Lucion Services – Managing Occupational Road Risk: https://www.lucionservices.com/managing-occupational-road-risk/
Managing Occupational Risks In Soaring Temperatures: https://www.lucionservices.com/beat-the-heat-managing-construction-workplace-risks-in-soaring-temperatures/
Conducting Risk Assessment for works in freezing temperatures: https://www.lucionservices.com/take-care-be-aware-conducting-risk-assessments-for-freezing-temperatures/
Lucion Services – Our Culture: https://www.lucionservices.com/about-us/our-culture/
Gallup – Engaged Workplaces Safer Employees: https://news.gallup.com/businessjournal/191831/engaged-workplaces-safer-employees.aspx
Safety Management System (SMS): https://www.lucionservices.com/services/safety-management-systems/
Lucion Services – 5 Year Sustainability Plan: https://www.lucionservices.com/our-five-year-sustainability-and-safety-and-well-being-improvement-plans-2017-2022/
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