Health & safety

The Landscape Group has a management system that is accredited to the standards of ISO 9001, ISO14001 OHSAS 18001.  This means that our systems for managing Quality Assurance, Environmental Management and Health and Safety meet the recognised level of these European standards.

In reality though, this is just the start of delivering successful Health and Safety Management.

The Management Team

We know that that in order for safety management to be effective, everyone must play their part. 

  • The Chief Executive Officer, Nick Temple-Heald, leads from the top in terms of safety management and is a holder of the NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Safety
  • Simon Foley, The Quality, Health and Environmental Systems Manager, who takes control of the management of health and safety on a daily basis is professionally qualified in Occupational Health and Safety.  Simon has successfully completed the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health (link to news story).
  • All Senior Operational Management are required to consider and act on matters of safety in their everyday activities.  We have made a commitment that all our Senior Management are NEBOSH certificate trained by mid-2012.  We’re already three quarters of the way there, as of November 2011.
  • All Managers and Supervisors, at contract level, are trained to IOSH Managing Safely Standards. This year, 73 of our management have undertaken the IOSH 4-day training course.

Engaging the workforce in Health and Safety is paramount in actually delivering a safer and healthier work place. Without workforce buy in, all the Health and Safety documents and procedures in the world are not going to change what practically happens at ground level. 

The Approach

The Landscape Group is committed to taking a positive and proactive approach to managing risk, as opposed to attempting to correct failures after the event.   Our approach is simple;

We encourage everyone to take responsibility for their safety and for the safety of others by;

  • Developing knowledge, ownership and accountability, through clear, unambiguous instruction and information.  All our staff are issued with a portable and easy to understand Health, Safety and Environment handbook and provided with regular training and guidance.
  • Strengthening a ‘No blame’ culture, while striving to develop together. This includes encouraging staff to report ‘near misses’.
  • Providing an opportunity for all to learn from potential or real mistakes or weaknesses

Continually seeking to improving our performance with respect to Health and Safety and the management of risk, whether through

  • developing the competence of our team
  • improving systems, procedures and practice, or
  • the introduction of practical innovation to protect our workforce and stakeholders.