Health & Safety
Here at Grace Landscapes we are committed to achieving the highest possible standards of health and safety. Not only do we fully comply with the Health and Safety at Work regulations stipulated by our clients, in particular the Main Contractor Group, we also set high standards of our own. We continually strive to improve our health and safety culture and status.
In order to achieve our goals we have ensured that our Operations Director is NEBOSH qualified with Contract Managers to at least IOSH Managing Safely level.
The majority of our management team are qualified to SMSTS (Site Manager Safety Training Scheme) and our supervisory staff are qualified to SSSTS (Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme) recognised through the Construction Industry Training Board.
All our employees receive health and safety training at induction (including manual handling and safe use of machinery and equipment). Those who hold a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card undertake a health and safety re-test every 5 years, now including questions on site environmental management. In house Health and Safety at Work and refresher training is carried out as necessary by our qualified training officer.
Health and Safety is on the agenda at all management, operational and environmental committee meetings. Chaired by the Managing Director a health and safety committee meeting is held quarterly. Outcomes and minutes are fed back to the whole workforce for action and information. The committee is compiled of represented members from the operational workforce together with management and the HR Manager.
First Aid training is undertaken by key members of the workforce with a target of at minimum one person per team trained to Emergency First Aid at Work. 3 day First Aid at Work personnel are represented at each regional office with at least one trained person per 50 members of staff, meeting the HSE guideline.