We are also committed to investing and prides ourselves on our proactive approach to improving health, safety and welfare standards across the company. We are committed to making safe working environments for all employees across all of our workplaces.
We are also committed to investing and recognises that under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 it has a duty to ensure the Safety, Health and Welfare of all persons affected by its activities, so far as is reasonably practicable. As such we are committed to complying with the statutory requirements placed upon us, following industry best practice guidance, relative to the work carried out by our employees and the Occupational Health and Safety Hazards to which they are exposed. We aim to adopt the highest possible standards of safety in all our workplaces and in pursuit of this, we seek to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable.
We highlight that the Health and Safety of all employees and subcontractors is our number one concern and we endeavour to ensure everyone returns home safely at the end of each working day. This is achieved by auditing procedures, policies, conducting site inspections, updating equipment and carrying out toolbox talks.
We recognise that the industry in which we work requires a dedicated approach to creating and maintaining a safe working environment for all of our employees and those affected by our operations.
As a minimum standard of competency, all site-based employees hold a relevant Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and a Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) when using plant or equipment. All site-based employees are either undertaking or have NVQs and all Site Managers/Supervisors have a minimum of Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) or Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) certification as well as appropriate first-aid, IOSH and new roads & street works certification. HMH Civils invest in employees by providing CPCS training plant training as well as skill related training and NVQs. We are also committed to investing in the future of the company and the industry’s future workforce by offering opportunities to apprentices; we currently employ apprentices in Groundworks, Bricklaying, Plumbing and Administration.
HMH Civils have a designated in-house Health, Safety & Environmental team who are available to provide assistance and advice on any health and safety matter as they occur, ensuring that our Method Statements and Risk Assessments are formulated for every activity onsite. We keep up to date with any changing legislation as our Health, Safety & Environmental Manager is a member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). We have a number of industry recognised accreditations such as CHAS, SMAS, HSAS and CQMS.
We invest continuously in our equipment to ensure our systems are up-to-date and relevant to HSE guidelines as well as best practice.
HMH Civils is committed to continually looking for ways to improve safety and health for all employees, we offer a range of services to help enhance the health of our employees. These include medicals for all employees as well as targeted education campaigns aimed at tackling lifestyle-related issues such as alcohol and skin cancer.
We have adapted our approach to include the standards of our clients therefore ensuring we deliver the highest standards of safety across the company. To that aim, the company has assessed the significant Health, Safety and Environmental Hazards from its business operations and has put in place suitable arrangements to control them to mitigate any risk to the Health, Safety and Welfare of its employees and those affected by its activities.
Health and Safety is an integral part of all business decisions. The team is proactive in the pre-planning stage of projects to ensure any potential Health and Safety issues are eliminated and managed as early as possible.