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HSE CHAIR ON WORKING WITH CONTRACTORS

Olympics project declared example of ‘genuine partnership’

The Chair of HSE , Judith Hackitt, has addressed the Southern and Scottish Energy Contractor Safety Conference.

The speech included messages on: sharing good practice; leadership: avoiding bureaucacy; taking ownership; the importance of supervisors and working with contractors.

Ms Hackitt also provided an example of “genuine partnership” working among all parties involved. The text of this section is reproduced below:

“Under the London Olympics and Paralympics Games Act 2006, the Olympic Delivery Authority has been charged with delivering the entire infrastructure of the site. HSE asked the ODA to devise a clear statement of the overall procurement strategy. Their published strategy is a model of its kind with clear health and safety goals and targets and a very clear public commitment to exemplary standards in the way they work. I have paid two separate visits to the Olympic park this year and so I am able to tell you from first hand experience that the approach is working very effectively and fits well with the approach we describe in our strategy.

“There is a leadership programme which starts from the Board level and cascades down to each individual project. They are building competence throughout the workforce, including training programmes on supervisor leadership. They are involving all of the workforce – unionised and non-unionised and including all contractor and migrant members of the workforce. They are creating healthier as well as safer workplaces through an occupational health provision which is as good as any I have ever seen and which is available to all. The ODA ensure that all contractors working on the Olympics projects have systems in place for checking competences of and providing appropriate H&S inductions for all workers.”

“The ODA and their delivery partners have assured us that they continue to monitor these systems to ensure equality of health and safety outcomes for all workers. In a nutshell that is what I believe you are seeking to achieve here today – equality of health and safety outcomes for all workers through partnership and on a sustainable ongoing basis. It would be easy to say that of course projects like the Olympics and Terminal 5 have to set new standards for health and safety because they are so high profile. But I’m very clear that I don’t want any structure built in this country to be a memorial to those who built it – and I’m sure you don’t either. That’s just as important whether you’re building the new Velodrome in the East End of London or a substation on an SSE powerstation in Ferrybridge!”

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