|Health & Safety
Our accident statistics have consistently been excellent for a contractor of our size and we strive to continuously improve. We fund an extensive programme of health and safety training initiatives and have rigorous systems to enforce our policy.
Embedded safety culture
Safety is maintained as a focus for staff throughout the business, with regular benchmarking against industry statistics, monthly results published as part of our balanced scorecard and bi-monthly board level reporting. This clear commitment from Beard’s management has had a visible effect on the culture of the organisation, resulting in year on year incident reduction despite a growing workforce. All site staff are expected to meet Beard’s minimum requirements including asbestos and site safety certification. We aim to have 100% CSCS card compliance on all our sites.
Competent advice and auditing
Building Safety Group Ltd (BSG) act as our external health and safety advisors, ensuring we have up-to-date advice on all health and safety matters. BSG advisors visit every Beard site at least once a fortnight to carry out spot checks. This ensures our site managers are vigilant in their health and safety monitoring and helps drive out non-compliance.
BSG inspection reports are passed back to the relevant Construction Manager for processing and action. Senior management teams meet with our BSG advisors monthly to discuss health and safety performance and drive continuous improvement; best practice discussed at these meetings is communicated through Site Manager and Craftsmen meetings, updates to our intranet and inclusion in toolbox talks and site inductions.
Our Health and Safety Management System is approved and accredited by the Construction Health and Safety Assessment Group (CHAS), Constructionline and Building Safety Group. We also achieved the ISO 18001 Occupational Health and Safety standard in 2007. Our systems are audited regularly both internally and externally in order to ensure compliance with the latest legislation.
In addition we are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and younger people on all our education sites and expect all staff and sub-contractors to share in this commitment.
Mark Beard, Managing Director, is responsible for driving the health and safety policy and procedures. For ten years Mark was a non-executive director of Building Safety Group and he continues to be active with bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Building.