Michael Lonsdale Group has taken huge strides forward in improving health & safety, successfully upgrading our accreditation from OSHAS 18001 to ISO 45001:2018. All four of our business divisions are upgraded with immediate effect, building on the groups continuing adaption to the changing environment of construction.
ISO 45001:2018 is a new standard that replaces OSHAS 18001. The new accreditation revolves around top to bottom communication and improving this process within the building timeline. By imposing more emphasis on senior management, review & cooperation, a chain of correspondence can be created with all stakeholders involved in the process. This chain creates a system where the workforce and senior management are engaged in a formal two-way communication concerning health & safety.
This new format of two-way communication will provide a foundation for people to not only be listened to, but more importantly, have action taken upon request. This improved power of the voice behind site-staff can build a positive attitude within the workplace. The accreditation will also assist with achieving our targets for building Improved engagement which will allow us to identify key indicators, meaning we can document and be proactive in our actions.
Attaining the accreditation underlines a large obstacle within health & safety in the industry. With so many different contractors and clients, it’s often found that methods of work alternate from business to business. Our Group Health, Safety & Environment Director, Arthur Lander, believes the industry could benefit greatly from a unified method of work. By standardising H&S functions – from risk assessments, to work practice & ethics and equipment – productivity levels can be kept as high as possible whilst maintaining the best work environment for everyone. This accreditation is a stepping stone to the linear progression of standardised practice that Arthur ultimately sees.
To ensure we implement this new accreditation, Michael Lonsdale Group will be forming our own Health & Safety Committee. Representing all who work in the four Michael Lonsdale Group divisions, the committee aims to retain the accreditation by implementing the two-way communication platform. The committee will also provide a base for us to build on our strong health & safety record whilst making aspects of health & safety more visual across all levels of the business.
Congratulations to everyone involved in achieving the ISO 45001:2018 accreditation. Together the team has strived to ensure we continue to create the right environment.