Health and Safety
Countryside recognises the value of promoting high standards in all health, safety and welfare matters for the benefit of everyone who comes into contact with our operations.
We conduct our business with due regard for the health, safety and welfare of our employees, contractors, clients, visitors and members of the public. At all times we promote a positive culture towards health and safety throughout our operations and observe the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and pertinent regulations.
The purpose of our Health and Safety Policy is to promote a proactive risk-based approach to the prevention of accidents, incidents and occupational illness in the workplace. This is achieved by identifying hazards and eliminating risk, whilst providing safe working systems and legal compliance.
• The Company’s Health and Safety Management System is certificated to OHSAS 18001.
• The Group is also accredited to SMAS (Safety Management Assessment Services).
We are endeavouring at all times to reduce exposure to accidents and incidents in the Group, thus keeping the Company’s Accident Incident Rates (AIR) below the National Incident Rates (NIR) benchmark.
In 2018 we continued to improve our Health and Safety Performance. For the fifteenth year our Accident Incident Rate (AIR) continues to be below the National Incident Rate (NIR) benchmark. In that period we have not sustained any work related fatalities to employees or contractors.
All accidents and incidents are reported and recorded and investigations take place into the root cause. Corrective Action Plans are put in place and Safety Alerts and training issued to all site staff including sub-contractors.
Health and Safety within the Company is overseen by a board member. The day-to-day management of these activities is overseen by our Group Head of Health and Safety assisted by a team in place at both Head Office and on our development sites. The responsibility and management of Health, Safety and Welfare aspects and our corporate objectives are incorporated into divisional business plans and central service department requirements. These responsibilities are assigned to project teams and individuals to ensure their delivery.
Each and every project is set Health and Safety targets, against which they are monitored every month. Performance is measured and remuneration is set in key areas to encourage improvements. The Health & Safety Department provide advisory support and monthly health, safety, welfare and environmental inspections are undertaken at operational sites, as part of the inspections, divisional performance is benchmarked against specific legislative and best practice criteria. Audits are undertaken regularly by the Internal Audit function and additionally certification audits are carried out by the British Safety Council.
We require all our employees and our supply chain to attend, wherever relevant, our health, safety and environmental specific training courses. We also provide mandatory site specific health, safety and environmental induction, training and toolbox talks for all site based workers. In the period March 2017 to February 2018 1189 members of staff were trained on Health and Safety standards.
We also engage with our site staff and sub-contractors via Site Operatives Focus Groups and Site Supervisors Focus Groups.
Countryside has a long-standing commitment to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). Our objective is for 100% compliance for all staff and sub-contractors visiting or working on the Group’s sites.
Details of our Health and Safety performance can be viewed in the 'Ethical and Sustainable Business' section of our Sustainability Report. Our Health and Safety Performance and information detailed in the report is independently verified by RPS as part of the Sustainability Report verification process.
As Members of the Home Builders Federation we adhere to their Health and Safety Charter.