The Hodgson Sayers Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) committee has undergone a revamp and has been relaunched after a transitional period within the business. As part of the changes I was delighted to become chair to help drive safer working practices and communication across all departments.
The company now has 9 people on the committee with all departments having representation. We work to a strict agenda covering safety performance (audit results, HSE visits etc), quality performance (audit results, ISO 9001 status etc), environmental performance (audit results, incidents, quarterly report ISO 14001 status etc), accident and incident report (number of accidents/incidents, injuries, trends etc), legal and regulatory updates (health and safety, environment, quality), policy and procedural updates (document updates etc), training (number of days/types of training since last meeting, training shortfall).
The overall aim of the committee is to improve communication between the whole workforce and give everybody a voice in the future safety, quality and environmental performance of the company. These meetings will take place quarterly and detailed minutes will be circulated-ensuring the full workforce is kept up-to-date with current performance and initiatives.
The committee members and who they represent are as follows – Glyn Neasham (chair), James Rolt (SHEQ department), Mark English (metalwork), John Gray (stores and yard), Cheryl Richmond (administration), Steve Lumsden (contracts managers), Julian Gibson (site managers and site supervision), Chris Ingham and Brian Thompson (site trades and operatives across all departments).
At each of the meetings it is expected that members will be given tasks to carry out and communicate with their colleagues. For example, at our last meeting in April Steve Lumsdon and Julian Gibson were tasked with looking into the delivery and content of tool box talks, Cheryl Richmond, James Rolt and Steve Lumsdon were asked to look at the content of an environmental document we may want to adopt into the business and I was tasked with ladder inspection procedures, all of which will be reported back at our next meeting in July.
Over the coming months I am looking forward to seeing our initiatives enhance the business and working environment and I will report back on the progress in the regular circulation of minutes, company newsletters and via this column.