Safety week 2016

Every year we run a Safety Week during so that our employees and contractors bring extra focus to safety over and above our day to day activities. Each site focuses on a range of safety-related activities and works to deliver continuous improvement. In 2016, Tarmac adopted a ‘Take 5 for Safety’ principle, this meant taking time out of the ‘normal’ day to day routine to consider health and safety issues, focusing on daily themes for each of the five days and reviewing 5 Point Checklists to help employees to assess key risks associated with common activities. Key features of the Safety Week programme included the use of Safety Selfies and High Fives showing safety in practice and indicating to the wider business good practices that are already in place.

Thousands of employees from across the business  took part in Safety Week. Employees from business areas came together to focus on themes such as traffic management, hazard awareness, road haulage, and health and wellbeing.  The week included a whole site hazard audit, carried out by representatives from each of the teams based at the sites, which was followed by evaluating site risk registers, vehicle and pedestrian management plans and operational risk assessments.

Operational teams reviewed measures for minimising dust on site, including respirable silica, and limiting exposure to hand arm vibration. Sites were encouraged to utilise materials provided in a toolkit and implement action plans to address the issues raised.

At our Birtley office near Chester le Street, employee activities included keep fit sessions and a programme of exercises to help avoid musculoskeletal disorders. At the Head Office in Solihull, staff had the opportunity to look round new Tarmac liveried vehicles and fully appreciate the risks associated with limited driver visibility whilst on the roads. Across all Tarmac operations staff were encouraged to utilise materials linked to occupational health and a number of sites took advantage of staff wellbeing checks, including blood pressure monitoring.


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