Our commitment to developing the highest possible standards of occupational health and safety go beyond our legal responsibilities to ensure the well-being of our employees and others who are work impacts. Through our proactive involvement in a range of Industry health and safety groups we are shaping the future of construction health and safety.

We recognise the importance of creating the right culture, by facilitating a lasting change in attitude and behaviour. Our Chairman John Forster ultimately defines our health and safety culture and champions safety in the house build sector. He is a member and former Chairman of the Scottish House Builders Health & Safety Forum and previously represented the Scottish House Building industry on the UK’s Strategic Forum for Construction Health & Safety Task Group. John is currently working to raise house build health and safety standards across a range of areas including the standardisation of safe scaffolds.

Our understanding of key behavioural safety issues in our safety critical industry means our commitment is clearly stated and reinforced at all levels. We operate a zero target policy on accidents and injuries. We achieve this through close attention to and compliance with, all aspects of health & safety legislation, codes of practice and best practice standards. In addition we clearly commit to providing the necessary resources required, such as adequate training, equipment and supervision. We invest annually in extensive training for our employees.  Reinforcement of that training continues throughout the year wherever a Forster employee can be found. Safety and health issues take a pre-eminent place on every meeting agenda.

We promote healthy working lives both on site and in our offices which has seen us achieve Gold Healthy Working Lives status.

In 2011 our approach was recognised by Homes for Scotland’s in winning the Health, Safety and Well Being award at their Annual Quality Awards. Where we were commended for “embracing wider issues relating to well-being that go beyond employee benefits packages to include training in managing mental health issues at work and campaigns on sun awareness, drugs and alcohol…”.

Our source of external specialist competence advice is Ron Murray, Director of M2 Safety Consultants Ltd. Ron provides our Health & Safety Management information system, completes on site audits and delivers training to our teams across the business.

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