Health, safety, quality and environment (HSQE) are very important to us – as important as our financial and business goals. Our strong HSQE culture means that we keep people and the environment safe while meeting client needs.
Processes, people and collaboration
Our HSQE policies and system are fully UKAS certified to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. We manage procedures through our integrated business system: this incorporates planning, communication, training, inspections, audit, review and feedback for continuous improvement.
Our central HSQE team disseminates lessons learned, best practice and new initiatives throughout VGC and our partner organisations. We collaborate with our clients to increase standards of HSQE performance throughout the workforce and achieve the safest possible working environment.
Be Safe with VGC
We believe that everyone must take responsibility both for their own safety and that of their colleagues. We require all of our staff to follow four simple rules, set out below. By following these rules, we believe it is possible to reduce accidents to the lowest possible level.
Be fit for work
Get a brief before you start work
Report anything unsafe
Stop work if anything changes
Our HSQE induction booklet (1MB pdf) explains what we expect of all VGC Group employees and contractors. It is up to all of us to keep ourselves and our colleagues safe, and make sure everyone goes home safely at the end of each shift.
Because behaviour and attitude have a significant bearing on the cause of accidents and incidents in the workplace, we run a behaviour-based safety programme called Be Safe by Choice with VGC. This programme operates throughout our organisation. It includes the introduction of ‘key influencers’ within our workforce: they actively observe and involve themselves with the safety performance and behaviour of others to promote a culture of safe practice.
At VGC, we are committed to ensuring that all of our activities are delivered in a safe and responsible manner, and we will keep working to reduce risks to the lowest possible level.