The health, safety and welfare of all people, including colleagues, customers and suppliers, forms a critical part of Macfarlane Group’s business objectives. We aim to achieve a positive health and safety culture through the creation of a safe and healthy work environment, preventing and minimising risks.
Our vision and goals for Health and Safety and how we commit to achieve them are based upon the best practice guidelines, issued by the Health and Safety Executive. To ensure we adhere and abide by best health and safety practices we have dedicated Health and Safety Managers in the business, who work with local Health and Safety teams to ensure knowledge and standards are effectively applied to the business on a consistent basis throughout all the health and safety disciplines.
We continue to invest in our premises and our equipment to improve the safety of our business operations, particularly in relation to the operation of our machinery and vehicles.
Macfarlane Group continues to adopt a risk-based approach to our Health & Safety programme. This ensures that resources are directed in the most efficient and effective way possible.
In 2021 we:
- Invested in a new Health and Safety Management System (SHE Assure Software) – to assist with the reporting of Leading and Trailing Indicators and ensuring improvement actions created are tracked and implemented.
- Added a new Regional Health and Safety Advisor to the existing team – to help drive operational safety compliance, deliver training, and help achieve our strategy.
- Reviewed and developed Policies and Procedures around Covid-19 – ensuring our workplaces remain safe.
- Introduced a New Driver and Warehouse employee SOP (Safe Operating Procedure) – this was implemented across the Group and will continue moving forward.
- Continued the integration of acquired businesses into our Management Systems.
The Accident Frequency Rate (‘AFR’) representing the number of reportable incidents per 100,000 man-hours worked is shown below:
Five reportable incidents occurred in 2021 compared to 7 in 2020. All reportable incidents are investigated thoroughly by our Health & Safety team and changes to working practices implemented if required. We also ensure that training in a particular area where incidents have arisen is reinforced.
Slips, trips, and falls are the highest cause of reportable incidents and we continue to review and improve our training and oversight of these activities as part of our ongoing commitment to the safety of our people.
In 2022, our aim is to continue the journey towards zero harm by raising our standards and expectations. This includes implementing a positive safety culture throughout the Group using continuous improvement methodology. We aim to drive this process through:
- Continued implementation and integration of Health & Safety Management System Software (Evotix) to identify any areas of concern, learnings and trends. We will use this information to drive improvement in our Health and Safety Culture.
- Implementing a programme of behavioural safety to drive further focus and improvement.
- Encouraging and promoting good working practices.
- Accident investigation and root cause training.
- Analysis of all incidents, accidents, and high potential near misses.
- New enhanced Operational Safety Audits to be conducted using the Evotix Software.
We also recognise our commitment to the safety of our drivers and those who share the roads with our delivery vehicles. We now have camera systems fitted to many of our vehicles and the roll out of this initiative continues as part of our commitment to continuous improvement in our health and safety performance.
To ensure constant and consistent focus regarding Health and Safety throughout the Group, it is a main agenda item at all formal monthly review meetings and operating sites in the Group are internally assessed and graded on their Health and Safety performance.
The Group Board plays a key role in overseeing the operation of all Health and Safety, reviewing reports on Health and Safety at each meeting. This report covers incidents, near misses, reportable and non-reportable incidents.