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Health and safety

VolkerWessels UK recognises that it has a legal and moral duty of care for the health, safety and welfare of our employees and those that may be affected by our activities.

Health and safety is at the top of our agenda and we continually strive to prevent work related injuries and the ill-health of our employees and anyone associated with our activities, whilst also improving their wellbeing.

VolkerWessels UK maintains clearly defined management systems, interfaces and responsibilities that are understood and accepted by all. Maintaining effective oversight and scrutiny processes, carried out with independence and impartiality, we comply with corporative, legislative and other requirements and we always seek further improvements.

It is imperative that through the management and development of our employees, providing them with the necessary competence and understanding of their roles and responsibilities through training and supervision, we enable them to proactively contribute to the achievement of our objectives and the development of our professional risk and safety management culture.

Respect for people is innate within our company. We take into full consideration the needs and circumstances of all our employees, clients, colleagues and those we work with. We provide a safe working environment in which employees can continue their personal development and build a culture in which ethical business practice thrives.

We recognise that to continue tackling health risks in construction, both physical and mental, we must first raise awareness amongst our staff, and offer support and guidance towards maintaining an environment free of work-related ill-health.

The VolkerWessels UK occupational health team aims to:

  • Educate employees and employers in the risks to health arising from work and other factors
  • Influence the attitudes and behaviour of employees and employers in relation to the promotion of health and wellbeing

Maintaining the mental health of employees is a key part of our occupational health strategy. In addition to health surveillance we place a particular focus on raising awareness of the importance of maintaining good mental health.

VolkerWessels UK has a full suite of company policies. To request a copy of any of our policies, please contact us here.

COVID-19

Guidance produced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) with input from firms, unions, industry bodies and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and in consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), set out the requirements for employers to assess and manage the risks of COVID-19.

As an employer, we have a legal responsibility to protect workers and others from risk to their health and safety. We are required to assess all risks do everything reasonably practicable to minimise them, recognising we cannot completely eliminate the risk of COVID-19.

The guidance requires that we share the results of our risk assessment, publishing it on our website. Our COVID-19 risk assessment is accessible via the link below.

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