Judges Give Thumbs Up to HAZ-EYES

Vital Energi's innovative HAZ-EYES health and safety initiative has impressed the judging panel for the Constructing Excellence in London & the South East Awards 2013 and it has been announced as a finalist.

 

HAZ-EYES has been short-listed for the Health & Safety Award for projects or organisations where health and safety has been driven way beyond what is required within the duties stated in the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007. 

Award winners will be announced at a ceremony, hosted by well-known BBC journalist and broadcaster Mary Rhodes, on Thursday 20 June 2013 at the Church House Conference Centre, Westminster, London.

Vital Energi implemented its new HAZ-EYES system in 2012 and put it into practice while installing a complete sustainable energy solution for East Thames Housing Association's major new build development, Ocean Estate in Stepney, East London.

HAZ-EYES is a unique way of ensuring that all workers on a project are engaged with health and safety and that their views on potential hazards or suggestions for health and safety improvements are not only recorded but are demonstrably used to form the basis of any solution to ensure good management on site.

All contractors, project engineers and managers were fully briefed on the role HAZ-EYES would play in the day-to-day running of the Ocean Estate project and all supervisors were provided with HAZ-EYES cards that, once completed, had to be handed directly to their project manager at Vital Energi. All cards were then analysed on the same day to ensure issues were resolved.

HAZ-EYES helped to dramatically reduce the incidence of near misses and dangerous occurrences and enabled potential hazards to be identified and either removed or managed. Monthly data was recorded and provided to Vital Energi’s board and senior management on the number and categories of health and safety issues recorded so that trends could be identified, specific areas targeted for improvement and performance measured.

Ian Whitelock, joint managing director of Vital Energi, commented: "The proactive procedures of HAZ-EYES ensure that all operatives and contractors are actively involved in monitoring and improving the work environment." 

"Vital Energi uses HAZ-EYES on all our projects. We regard it as a major success and a key feature of our health and safety management system." he added.

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