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Blog: Integration & Collaborative Working SECBE Awards 2019 finalist - Highways England H&S Passport Steering Group

23 May 2019

Sponsored by Waterloo Air Products

Highways England H&S Passport Steering Group - submitted by Reference Point

As part of Highways England’s 5‐year Health and Safety Plan, Action 38, the Health & Safety Passport Steering Group was created and has been instrumental in transforming the way the Highway England network’s workforce is managed; whether directly employed or in the supply chain. The Group’s purpose is to review and improve standards and efficiency – all designed to deliver against Highways England’s safety principle: “Home Safe and Well”.

The Health & Safety Passport Steering Group comprises a unique and powerful collaboration between representatives from Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, Highways England, Lantra, Reference Point and Mitie. Unusually for such a system, use of Passport is voluntary and was in fact initiated by the supply chain. This is another reason why support for the Scheme is so widespread across contractors – large and small – and why
uptake of the system has increased each month.

The Health & Safety Passport encompasses more than just capturing skills and training. It underpins safety at every step, by managing many additional aspects of an individual’s record and capabilities before allowing access on site, including medical validity, D&A test status, work restrictions and working time and travel, to help fatigue monitoring.

The Steering Group has been instrumental in planning, implementing, launching, communicating and continually developing the Passport scheme’s reputation within the industry. This momentum continues with the Group leading and defining how to evolve the scheme for the benefit of its users and the industry, which is increasing all the time.

The Steering Group has made a significant step forward in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all those who work on the strategic road network and, at the same time, is leading the way in driving substantive and measurable improvements in efficiency, consistency and resource planning. The result is that the Health & Safety Passport forms a critical component as detailed in the Highways England Lifesaving Rule (Raising the Bar 23).

Development work for the scheme is based on feedback received and experience within the industry - ensuring the solution continues to satisfy its original objectives. The Group work together to plan, prioritise and communicate the scheduled activities.

The underlying factor behind the achievement and continued success of the Health & Safety Passport Scheme is demonstrated and recognised through the actions of the Steering Group members. The Steering Group is committed, driven and passionate; combined with the fact that they care and value all those that work on or for the network is testament that the Steering Group is at the very core of Highways England’s: “Home safe and well”.


Highlights:

  • The Steering Group share ideas, experience and learning from each other openly, creating ways to work better, more safely and build on the improvements that deliver real benefits to the whole industry
  • Use of Passport is voluntary and was initiated by the supply chain - another reason why support for the Scheme is so widespread across contractors – large and small – and why uptake of the system has increased each month
  • Continuous innovation is leading the way in driving substantive and measurable improvements in efficiency, consistency and resource planning across the whole strategic network and wider

For more details:

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The SECBE 2019 Integration & Collaborative Working Award is sponsored by Waterloo Air Products.

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