Health & Safety
in Health & Safety
Novus Property Solutions is relentless in our pursuit of Health and Safety excellence.
We will eliminate and fully mitigate risk – ensuring your occupants, visitors and members of the general public are protected and remain safe at all times throughout project delivery.
A behavioural safety culture is nurtured through comprehensive training programmes, targeted safety campaigns, multi-level communication and performance incentives, embedding awareness and responsibility.
Our Accident Incident Rate (AIR) is below the industry average and our behavioural safety programmes have resulted in a 22% reduction in RIDDOR reportable accidents over the past three years.
Our Work Teams are trained to exacting standards.
All managers are CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme, UKATA Asbestos Awareness, First Aid at Work and CDM Regulations 2015 trained under our unique ‘Certificate to Manage’ scheme.
Operatives receive mandatory training in common high-risk activities including manual handling and working at height, in addition to role-specific training.
A dedicated team of directly employed Health and Safety Managers with professional qualifications and industry experience provide expert advice on our projects.
Our Health and Safety Management Systems are certified by numerous SSIP member organisation including CHAS, SafeContractor, Exor Gold, Acclaim, and Altius.
Health & Safety Monitoring
We operate a comprehensive programme of Health and Safety inspections and audits.
In 2021, 70% of site inspections achieved a ‘good’ rating or above. Over a 12-month period upwards of 9500 individual checks were completed during these inspections
External safety reviews are also conducted by Health and Safety experts The British Safety Council who provide expert advice to facilitate improvement.
Investing in Our Colleagues
Responsibility towards our colleagues also means training them and (re)skilling them for the evolving needs of our businesses.
- In our Assurance arm of the business, 2021 saw us deliver 120 hours of Passive Fire Protection Workshops to our FIRAS Supervisors. This outlined our process to provide clients with compliant certification for fire safety works.
- We also supported 24 colleagues through training with the Association of Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP), working towards level two and level three certificates with the Institute of Fire Engineers. Across both levels, 912 hours of training were delivered.
- Additionally, 15 colleagues – including installers and administrators – completed the ASFP’s online introduction to passive fire protection which acts as a generic awareness course. This equates to 60 hours of training.
Our management arrangements include our accident and incident reporting requirements. These set out the criteria and process for the internal reporting of different levels of accidents, incidents and safety observations which are tracked and follow up by our SHEA team.
In 2022, we launch our ‘Safety First’ campaign, which supports any colleague in stopping a job or challenging a colleague if they believe a task is unsafe. In 2022 so far, we’ve had a 146% increase in the number of safety observations reported compared to our 2021 figures.