As part of our growing commitment to health, safety and wellbeing, we’ve recently introduced our Safe Mind initiative.
MVIS, along with our sister company Bartco UK, recognise Health, Safety and Wellbeing in every task we complete. It is the most important value within our workplace.
To ensure we keep staff, customers and stakeholders safe, just a few of the thing we complete are:
We have 75% of staff first aid qualified, in addition to 90% of staff having the health & safety CSCS.
We also have 2 mental health first aiders, along with 20% IOSH trained team members to ensure all departments have someone who is fully aware of the H&S standards we need to meet.
Recently we were awarded the 45001:2018 ISO. As an SME with 19 employees across two companies we are extremely proud of this.
However, this brings with it new safer systems of working, measurability, and continual improvement to ensure we get everyone home safely. This is communicated throughout the company, we need buy in from the bottom to the top.
So why now are we introducing the Safe Mind initiative? After Ian Lee recently came on board as our new customer relationship manager, we asked him to give us an outside view of the company.
Ian commented: “The company does so much on Health & Safety within an SME, but it just doesn’t promote it to the external market, and you should be shouting about it.”
One area Ian highlighted was the in-house monthly training sessions we have for Health & Safety, Mental Health and Best Practice for all staff, regardless of their role.
He also pointed out that we had two internally trained Mental Health First Aiders, and how we spoke about the impact of mental health in general and in particular, within the construction Industry – an industry that has one of the highest suicide rates in men.
Through our Safe Mind: Work Safe, Work Well campaign we are encouraging all staff members to always have a safe state of mind, and if not, to come and talk to one of the in-house mental health first aiders we have.
We aim to make sure that our staff always work in a safe manner, be it on site or in the office, and if they do then they will have a far greater potential for working well.
Staff wellbeing can only be enhanced by the peace of mind that comes with knowing we have trained mental health first aiders, and a ‘safety first’ attitude for both on and off-site works.
This message aligns with the site safety that all the main contractors are trying to achieve of Zero Tolerance of accidents within construction.
Anne Ashman General Manager commented: “We may be an SME, but we believe in leading the way. So, why shouldn’t we promote and encourage the same values and targets as the large construction companies we work with? As an SME it is equally important to get the message across, if not more important. We have less resources, so need to ensure the whole team look out for both each other, and external parties.”