Health & Safety Update

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MR Industrial Services has further invested in its of its own in-house dedicated Health and Safety Team lead by Lewis Harman, Company Health and Safety Manager, through the recruitment of Glenn Harman acting as the company Health and Safety specialist. Together having safety qualifications from NEBOSH and the British Safety Council, many years’ experience in construction, service, oil and gas, aerospace and manufacturing sectors, the team are well placed to lead the business driving continued safety improvements delivering even greater client safety assurances through highly skilled and safety aware business leadership and competent employees.

Starting from a solid foundation of policies, standards and safe practices laid by Lewis, the team have started the journey towards obtaining accreditation through the internationally recognised, and well respected, ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management standard. Achieving this prestigious accreditation will ensure MR Industrial Services leads the way when it comes to Health and Safety, demonstrating our commitment to continually improve safety standards and being best in class when looking after our employee safety. The accreditation of ISO 45001 will further provide even greater safety assurances to our clients old and new, that safety is our priority, demonstrating our commitment to continually improve what is already a very good safety culture. 

Preparation for ISO 45001 has required writing and implementing a health and safety management system that has involved the full review and update of Polices, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), risk assessments, work instructions, continuous training, with involvement and participation from staff at all levels of the business, leadership to our skilled fabricators, welders and installers.

Continuing our high expectations for safety when serving clients, the Hazard Boards – something MR Industrial Services have introduced to construction sites up and down the country where our teams are employed, further demonstrates our commitment to driving the safety culture where safety is owned by all. These impressive and informative hazard boards highlight tasks being undertaken and contain RAMS, training certificates, plant inspection sheets, COVID-19 information and guidance, lift plans, toolbox talks, associated hazards signage, contact details of project manager and anything else relevant to the task being carried out. They help to continually improve health and safety measures and standards on site to protect our staff, other contractors and members of the public, our clients can be assured that nothing is left to chance and that our pro-active approach ensures safety is managed throughout all projects MR Industrial are engaged with.   Having ISO 45001, Hazard Boards, Pro-active safety tools, policies and procedures are only part of our safety tool kit. Training of our people is essential in ensuring they understand all aspects of the safety programs. Health and Safety training has been and will continue to be a critical focus for MR Industrial Services, covering the leadership team right through the business to our tradesmen and woman.  Previous training delivered has allowed our people to have a great understanding of the safety needs to work safely however, the training program has been revised and incorporated into a revised health and safety training matrix to ensure all persons receive the training needed to further drive employee development, continuous improvements and client assurances . Training delivered, ongoing, and further planned covers saws, machinery, PASMA, IPAF, first aid, fire safety training, fire extinguisher training, working at height, manual handling, behavioral safety training, fork truck safety, with other safety and task based safety training planned.

The Health and wellbeing of our employees is vital to the business and our clients to ensure they are able to deliver project work on time and within specification of client needs in a safe and healthy manner as part of a team. Internal table tennis, pool and darts league are planned for when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted to create an improved working environment and to encourage social activities. Golf days have been happening over the past few months and a gym membership at a local gym is being arranged/negotiated. A private health care package is in place for permanent staff, mental health first aid training is being investigated for Managers to enable them to identify potential issues and to sensitively deal with them, and flu vaccinations are being sought for employees. The Health and wellbeing of our people is very important to the business, we attract the best people and want to do all we can to retain them.

Although excellent and robust safety standards are in place and practiced, as we prepare to move to a new assembly and fabrication facility we are ensuring our people are safe, skilled and knowledgeable in all we expect them to do. We aim to maintain and build upon the standards we have set in-house and with our client base, to remain best in class, the reliable, trusted and competent first point of call for all existing and potentially new clients. With the visible commitment from the business leadership team, the dedicated, professional and safety compliant teams within the business, a committed focused and skilled workforce, health and safety continues to be a business priority offering great assurances to employees and clients with an exciting future ahead.  

Lewis Harman
Company Health & Safety Manager

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