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.
Aside from the Group’s response to Covid-19, in 2020 we also delivered:
- new working from home guidance and risk assessments were conducted;
- a substantial increase in reporting of Positive Safety Observation introduced in 2019 to encourage sharing of good practice across the Group.
- enhanced health policies covering Legionella, Noise, Asbestos etc.; and
- integration of acquisitions into the Group’s Health and Safety management systems
The Accident Frequency Rate (‘AFR’) representing the number of reportable incidents per 100,000 man-hours worked is shown below:
Seven reportable incidents occurred in 2020 compared to four in 2019. All reportable incidents are investigated by our Health and 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 and cuts to hands remain 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 2021, our aim is to continue the journey towards zero harm by raising our standards and expectations. This includes driving a positive safety culture throughout the Group using continuous improvement methodology. We aim to drive this process through:
- Introduction of Health and Safety Management System software to improve ownership, traceability, compliance, standardisation and reporting;
- Encouraging and promoting good working practices;
- Accident investigation and root cause training;
- Analysis of all incidents, accidents and high potential near misses; and
- Continued increase in number of Directors Safety Checks being conducted.
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.