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Health & Safety Initiative
of the Year
Southern Water’s Nigel Brailey with FHG’s Amanda Barnes and him again
passion and commitment to health and safety improvements
Southern Water has used original
proved a winning combination for Southern Water as it beat
fellow finalists Enpure, Saint-Gobain PAM UK and Yorkshire
ideas to engage staff and and the
Water for this award.
take-up of the initiative within the
Southern Water’s Aim for Zero Injuries campaign has been a major
success in raising awareness about health and safety issues.
supply chain was impressive
The judges said Southern Water has used original ideas to engage staff
and stakeholders and the take-up of the initiative within the supply chain These initiatives include hazard reporting; Safety Management Audit Tool
was impressive. The company showed very clear results, and a top to (SMAT) audits; implementing a World Class Manufacturing scheme; and
bottom approach towards health and safety. working with suppliers and customers to minimise health and safety risks.
The company’s Aim for Zero Injuries scheme is a high profile campaign
that encourages managers, staff and contractors to think about safety daily. Warning system
The scheme’s objective was to reduce the number of accidents and injuries Enpure put together an initiative to encourage near miss reporting on all its
and, as a result, the number of days off work. Steps taken to promote the sites. The company introduced PHEW (Potential Hazards Exposed Wisely)
campaign include team briefings; monthly reports in the staff newsletter; last August to encourage near miss reporting on all its sites. The objective of
and text-messaging field staff. PHEW is to act as an early warning system and identify hazards so that
The panel were impressed by the remaining finalists, and singled out proactive actions can be taken. The idea is to improve the working
Saint-Gobain’s initiative of working with customers to minimise the risks environment by highlighting potential future accidents/incidents and
of transportation and the unloading of its pipes at their sites as being management failures. Yorkshire Water has been busy establishing on the
possibly the most innovative and integrated within its supply chain. health and safety front by embarking on a journey of safety culture change.
Managing health and safety is among the company’s highest priorities Yo r kshire Water is implementing a Safety Culture Change as part of its plan
and this is replicated by the UK operation. to achieve a target of zero Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous
It has several robust health and safety systems in place, and several Occurrences Regulation reports (RIDDOR) by 2010. The company’s
initiatives have contributed to the total number of accidents being reduced Environmental Business Unit piloted a process from JOMC that helped to
by 50% in one year. change the culture and behaviour towards health and safety. WIAA 09
Review July 2009
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