Liberty achieves Gold Award from RoSPA for outstanding health and safety standards

(Posted: 23/04/2018)

Liberty has achieved a Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The award is only given to companies with the highest and most rigorous health and safety procedures.

The firm’s HSQE Department plays an overarching role in ensuring best practice is maintained throughout the company, providing advice and support and conducting regular audits.

Senior management provide strong leadership, creating a culture that promotes the importance of health and safety. An overarching strategy and KPI’s ensure the organisation stays on track.

The Managing Director and Senior Management Team carry out monthly visits and inspections of work on sites, known as audits, to ensure standards are maintained.

An innovative electronic auditing app has been introduced which can record data 'live' to an online platform at the time of the inspection and send issues requiring action straight to the relevant supervisor.

A range of initiatives are used to engage staff and promote health and safety, from forums to a Q&A session with the Managing Director and even a Safety Employee of the Year Award.

As well as accidents being reported, Liberty also encourages reporting of ‘near misses’. This allows the company to identify key trends and issues so that procedures can be put in place to eliminate risks before an accident occurs.

A ‘near miss’ campaign was held promoting this scheme to staff, resulting in a 600 per cent rise in near misses being logged.

James Malone, Strategic Lead (Health and Safety) for Liberty Group, said: “This award really is testament to the hard work of the HSQE Department and commitment to health and safety of each and every Liberty employee.

“We’re really proud of our thorough processes and positive culture which promote health and safety. We are always looking for new ways to improve how we do things, and our electronic health and safety audit app is a good example of this. It means any issues can be rectified as quickly as possible thanks to the online platform.”

Challenges

Liberty employs around 500 field based operatives and 100 office based employees across the UK to support its operations. Every office and each employ need to comply to the highest health and safety standards.

Solutions

The HSQE Department was set up to oversee and implement all health and safety procedures across the organisation.

A culture that promotes health and safety and engages each member of staff in prioritising this and in continuously making improvements.

Innovating and improving wherever possible. For example the introduction of an online audit platform means issues can be logged immediately, and the near miss campaign increased reports of near misses 600 per cent.

Results

Liberty has a well developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding control of risk and very low levels of error, harm and loss.

The firm has achieved the highest RoSPA award possible, the Gold award.

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