What is a Safety Ambassador?
Our Safety Ambassador initiative is a programme devised by EPC-UK to raise the profile of behavioural effects and encourage employees to take greater responsibility for their own safety, as well as that of those around them.
Our current team of 14 Ambassadors are working hard to embed behavioural safety and our core values throughout the company, developing an “employee ownership of safety” and encouraging a “blame free” work environment.
“Introducing the Safety Ambassador scheme has been extremely successful. By training volunteers to promote safety across the business, in addition to their everyday roles, staff can identify potential dangers, ensure environments are safe, provide guidance to colleagues and listen to concerns.”
Daniel Ford, IT and Business Systems Coordinator.
Effective communication, including frequent interactions amongst our workforce and stakeholders is vital to continually improving our safety culture. As Safety Ambassadors, one of our key responsibilities is the organisation of company-wide annual Safety Kick-off Briefings.
These dedicated safety sessions, designed to encourage every employee to take the time to consider the important of safety, are proving to be a great success for EPC-UK, uniting the entire workforce in our safety goal and giving the Esprit d’Equipe initiative.
Ryan Ward (Laboratory Technician) explains:
“We all have to do our part to help each other stay safe and ensure the continuance of our Esprit d’Equipe mission. This means letting each other know what is expected, and what is needed to safely conduct our operations”.
The briefings comprise of a variety of safety related activities including:
- Presentation from a Safety Ambassador
- Presentation from Senior Management
- Presentation from a Site Manager
- Live explosives awareness demonstrations
- Hazard spotting
- Driving with visual impairment
- An interactive Q&A session
These briefings are making a real difference to the safety culture within the company. In 2018 alone the number of near misses and unsafe conditions reported fell by a third compared to 2017.
Sharing our values
Safety is not a ‘buzz’ word for EPC-UK, it is intrinsic to everything we do. We are constantly looking at how we can make our employees and the environments in which they work safer. These Kick-off Briefings arm our employees with the tools they need to be safer and are a strong foundation on which we can build constantly throughout the year.”
Ashley Haslett, Head of SHEAQ (Atlantic area)