Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ)

Our priority is to deliver projects that are safe, respectful of the environment, on time and to a high quality. We believe this is only possible through excellent planning, good communication and consistent delivery by our capable staff, who take pride in and accountability for the work we do.


High quality work, safely

We recognise that the hazards and risk created by the scope of works being completed, the environment in which we work and each individual’s actions and behaviours form the corner stones of delivering a safe project, and safeguarding the wellbeing of our teams and other stakeholders.

The extensive variation of work we undertake means that our employees regularly find themselves in a wide range of changing working environments - from deep within a trench along a main inner-city road, inside a new build or century-old building in need of refurbishment, or sat at a desk in one of our three office buildings across the UK.

Safeguarding the people and tasks involved at every point of our service delivery accordingly starts with a thorough assessment of the associated risks of the tasks required by each role, and continues with training to ensure proficiency and understanding of our robust health and safety policies which are regularly audited to ensure we’re working towards the highest quality, in the safest and most timely way.

We regularly deliver injury free projects typified by our year-long project at Scarborough & Bridlington Hospitals in York where Vital and our subcontract partners accomplished working 26,473 hours without a single injury.


Best practice & accountability

We encourage our team to adopt a shared attitude towards Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) where we acknowledge that it’s not just the choices we make as a business that make us safe and successful, but also as individuals.

Our managers are encouraged to set best practice in everything they do and lead by example. We want our employees to speak up; reporting near misses and unsafe conditions in order to help to prevent injuries and incidents, challenge the status quo - if they can think of a more environmentally friendly or better quality way of doing something that is just as safe or safer, they are encouraged to suggest and implement it - and most importantly, we uphold the mantra ‘If It’s Not Safe – Don’t Do It’.



We are proud to hold accreditations which demonstrate our competency in SHEQ standards, including:

OHSAS 18001:2007
ISO 9001:2008
ISO 14001:2004

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Our commitment to the environment:

We encourage use of public transport systems, vehicle sharing and adopting alternatives to travel such as conferencing calling. As a business that strives to improve our carbon footprint we are proud to be one of the first companies in the country to have been recognised as a Go Ultra Low Company” helping to understand the benefits and capabilities of the wide range of electric vehicles on the market.

We continue to look for ways to respect the environment. Hybrids and Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) now account for over 50% of our cars and since 2014 we have reduced our average car emissions from 106g/km to 80g/km in 2016. We have also installed photo-voltaics at our headquarters buildings and prefabrication centre, which means that typically 11% of our power supply comes from converting sunlight into usable solar power.

This and the recognition we have received as a finalist in the GreenFleet Awards for two consecutive years in 2015 & 2016 is a testament to our progressive moves towards running an environmentally friendly organisation.