Health and safety
Providing leadershipWe are working with a wide range of bodies to raise awareness, change behaviour and drive improvement in health and safety performance. With the Association for Consultancy & Engineering we are disseminating health and safety best practice to small and medium-sized firms.
Consultants’ Health & Safety ForumMott MacDonald is one of four founder members of the forum, which has a worldwide remit. In the last year we have:
- Promoted the international health and safety assessment we launched in 2010, targeted at Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, India and the Middle East. The test introduces a set of safety standards for engineering consultants and contractors to work to, promoting cross-sector collaboration.
- Developed with major clients a red, amber and green safety warning system for construction projects.
- Shared best practice in safe driving, stress management, training, auditing, safety in design, certification and management systems.
- Produced guidance for professionals on engaging clients in health and safety.
Our performanceMott MacDonald’s accident rate is low when compared to all other professional services sectors. The number of accidents resulting in absence from work fell 10% in 2010 against a backdrop of increased reporting. We recorded 25% more accidents and a third more near misses – unsafe situations or acts that could result in an accident. This shows progress in raising awareness. Recognising the potential for accidents is a crucial step towards avoiding them.
By continuing to campaign for increased risk awareness and staff engagement in safety at all levels we expect to see further increases in the reporting of total accidents and near misses.
Driving improvementSafety forms part of our core training for all staff, covering all work-related activities – in the office, in the field or travelling. We require our people to care for the wellbeing of colleagues and members of the public as well as themselves.
Our practices are underpinned by proven and constantly evolving policy and systems. Compliance is overseen and best practice disseminated by a network of regional safety managers. Each business sector has a director responsible for co-ordinating safety and every project is reviewed by a project safety advisor.