British Safety Council gives FCC Environment International Safety Award

25 Apr 2014 11:08

Leading recycling and waste management company FCC Environment has recently been awarded an International Safety Award by one of the world's leading health and safety organisations, the British Safety Council.

An independent adjudicator appointed by the British Safety Council assessed questions relating to 44 FCC Environment sites  in the North West of England and Scotland.FCC Environment is committed to achieving high safety standards and a positive safety culture is driven from the very top of the organisation. 

The senior leadership take their role seriously in promoting a positive attitude towards health and safety.  All directors and senior managers have attended a training course ‘Leading Safety by Example’ and taken what they have learned to sites on ‘Leading Safety by Engagement’ tours where they engage with staff of all levels to promote safety. FCC Environment has also invested in recruiting health and safety coaches to support managers. 

Two way communication and gaining feedback from staff is encouraged across the business. A campaign was launched in late 2012 by the health and safety team asking for volunteers to become safety representatives. The campaign was a huge success, throughout FCC Environment with 85 new safety representatives volunteering. 

The results of these initiatives can be seen with an increase in near miss reporting year on year from 2011 to 2013 and a reduction in accidents from 2011 to 2013.

Neal Stone, Policy & Communications Director at the British Safety Council, said: “This award clearly demonstrates FCC Environment’s commitment to the health, safety and well-being of its workforce. We congratulate the company and its workforce on their achievement.” 

FCC Environment’s Head of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality, Paul Stokes, said of the accolade: “Receiving international recognition for FCC Environment’s commitment to the health and well-being of our staff is fantastic. Making safety a ‘before thought’ not an afterthought is a priority of ours. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved so far and will continue to work hard to keep improving our health and safety record.” 

This award further cements FCC Environment’s reputation for health and safety after winning the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management’s Health and Safety Best Practice Award in 2013. The award recognised its ‘Don’t Gamble with your Health and Safety’ campaign for placing a strong emphasis on behaviour change through leadership and worker involvement, supported by training courses and safety coaches.

FCC Environment at the British Safety Awards

Photo caption (left to right): Duncan Murray, Health and Safety Advisor, FCC Environment; Oliver Caunce, Site Manager, FCC Environment; Lynda Armstrong OBE, Chair of The Board of Trustees, British Safety Council and Nick Blake, Regional Operations Manager for the North West & Scotland Region, FCC Environment.

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