Health, safety and wellbeing
Health, safety and wellbeing is firmly ingrained in Mace’s philosophy. Our legacy over the last 29 years has seen us continually strive to reduce risks, and protect our people and stakeholders, by building a culture where safety comes first.
Driven by Mace’s ‘Safety first’ value, we are clear that our employees and supply chain should go home safe and well at the end of every day.
From delivering an array of iconic buildings, to complex property and infrastructure projects and programmes for leading companies, we are responsible for the health and safety of everyone involved, and all of our employees are dedicated to this commitment.
Creating healthier and safer environments
We have adopted an approach where safe behaviour doesn't stop when a project ends. This enables us to offer creative healthy and safe solutions, in consideration of the whole lifecycle, whether our appointment is made in design or during operations.
Although we remain one of the leading companies in our sector, we are continuously striving to develop new, safer and healthier methods of delivery.
Our Safety first. Second nature behavioural programme
In 2011, we set ourselves an ambitious challenge; to evolve our health and safety culture to be industry leading, through our ‘Safety first. Second nature.’ programme and five strategic components standards; leadership, engagement, behaviour and the work environment. Today, the ‘Safety First. Second Nature’ programme is recognised industry-wide and continues to enhance our aspirations to continually improve.
Our leaders drive health, safety and wellbeing throughout our business. They are supported by dedicated professionals to assist them in delivering effective, high standards across all disciplines and levels at Mace.
Our work with industry partners includes our on-going relationship with the UK Health and Safety Executive, where we are collaborating to improve how health and safety best practice is shared with other countries. We have also contributed to an industry standard for health and safety in Business Information Modelling, are on the board of the UK construction forum - Build UK - helping to shape industry policy and best practice, and took a leading role for the industry by working with TfL to develop the first national standard for vulnerable road users, the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety standard (CLOCS).
The wellbeing of our people
Our focus on health and wellbeing is aimed at protecting our people, supply chain partners and clients from workplace health risks.
Education remains paramount through partnerships such as the ‘Breathe Freely’ initiative to reduce occupational lung disease across the industry. We also hold an annual Mace Wellbeing Week to promote health and wellbeing events across the business.
Construction still has a way to go, however we are committed to working with the industry to blueprint a healthier future. This includes the mental health and wellbeing of our people.
A consistent approach to site quality
Whether working on an operational site or pouring over a spreadsheet in an office, we encourage every Mace employee to consider and apply our health and safety principles: ‘Four Steps to Safety’, ‘Don’t Walk By’ and ‘Observe, Engage, Improve’ to every aspect of our work.
'Four Steps to safety' encourages employees to consider whether they are in a safe place, have a safe system of work, are equipped with the correct safe tools, machinery and equipment; and make sure their colleagues are also safe.
'Observe, Engage, Improve' and 'Don't Walk By' empowers our people to recognise and challenge the actions of others, regardless of the environment.
We record health and safety observations using an innovative mobile app which records health and safety, quality and environmental performance. YellowJacket allows us to create actions, make health and safety observations and measure progress towards safer working environments.
Andy BrownGroup Director - Operational Health and SafetyEmail