Preventing work-related illness

We do whatever is reasonably practical to prevent work-related illness. So we:

  • have implemented a health and safety management system
  • assess the risks associated with a particular job or role, and reduce them through the appropriate control measures
  • have developed safe working practices, providing employees with appropriate information, instruction and training
  • provide Personal Protective Equipment and training in its use
  • routinely monitor health and safety management activities
  • carry out pre-employment screening to help ensure that people are not placed in roles that will aggravate existing or past conditions
  • have access to reliable medical advice on occupational health
  • conduct workstation assessments including DSE training and eye tests for those using computers
  • carry out health surveillance to identify early health problems
  • take a zero tolerance approach to the misuse of drugs and alcohol
  • conduct environmental surveys of office and sites to ensure hygiene and safety
  • ensure the provision of qualified First Aid Staff and facilities.

Supporting health and wellbeing

We have introduced a number of initiatives to support the health and wellbeing of our employees. These currently include:

  • eyecare vouchers
  • private healthcare
  • gym membership at corporately negotiated reduced rates
  • Bike4Work bicycle purchase scheme
  • bicycle mileage reimbursement
  • health screening wellness clinics
  • dental insurance at corporately negotiated reduced rates
  • employee advice line
  • advice on smoking cessation
  • occupational health advice
  • Better 4 You nutritional awareness campaign
  • on-line health advice from NHS and British nutrition foundation
  • information and advice on drugs and alcohol
  • sunscreen for site work
  • sabbatical leave
  • on-site wellness screening
  • welfare facilities
  • rehabilitation.

When an employee does become ill, we manage the absence and do what we can to help the individual return to work as soon as practical. We have a clear sickness absence policy which is easily accessible by staff. We employ an occupational health service to provide us with advice and support on fitness to work issues and seek specialist medical advice where needed.

Health advice

We encourage our staff to maintain their health, by providing them with information and advice.