28th Apr 2022

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

28th April marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Promoted by the ILO (International Labour Organisation), of which the UK is a founding member, the annual observation promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. This year, the focus is on enhancing social dialogue towards a culture of safety and health.

A strong health and safety culture is built on inclusion, by ensuring all parties are involved and feel comfortable raising concerns, and where management is proactive in promoting dialogue built on trust and mutual respect. Here at Global Energy Group, we recognise the importance of being resolute on health and safety, and value everyone who works for, or with us.

We encourage stakeholders to report unsafe practice without fear of judgement, ceasing activities deemed unsafe until their concerns have been addressed. We investigate undesired events with a no-blame approach, fostering a culture of honesty and openness. And we promote hazard and risk awareness, providing ongoing safety and personal development training to enhance competency and maximise safe performance.

To mark World Day for Safety and Health at Work, our Change Champions (a team of enthusiastic individuals within the Group who are passionate in driving cultural change and making a difference) asked their colleagues from around our business portfolio, what health and safety within the workplace means to them.

Jose Navarro, Lead Principle Technical Safety Engineer, at Apollo , said:

“We work and act in a safe and responsible manner, avoiding shortcuts and commercial pressures, and provide a service focusing on delivering a safe solution. We believe safety should is a key factor in engineering design and for that reason, Apollo always integrate safety into the various life-cycle phases of the project.”

Jasmine Brock, Assistant Cost Engineer at Aiken, said:

“Health and safety always comes first. Regardless of deadlines, we need to ensure that individuals physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing is first and foremost.”

Neil Hay, Operations Manager at South Fabrication, said:

“Everyone should come to work safely and go home safely. We, as employers, have a duty of care to ensure no harm to our employees whilst at their workplace, whether that be office or workshop.”