Safety and Wellbeing
Workers’ wellbeing paramount as Tarmac wins MPA health and safety awards
“We are delighted to be recognised by the Mineral Products Association and British Precast for our measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone on site and in the community.”
Andy Shuttlewood, Tarmac’s Health, Safety, Environment & Quality Director
Tarmac won multiple awards and commendations for outstanding achievements in building safe working environments for its employees, customers, and the communities which it serves at the Mineral Products Association (MPA) and British Precast Health and Safety Awards.
We won the Safer Through Improvements in Health & Wellbeing award for creating an occupational health and wellbeing learning centre at the company’s National Skills and Safety Park in Nottinghamshire. This was followed by winning the Safer Together award for our Professional Operator Development Programme (PODP).
Underpinning this year’s MPA Awards – which acknowledge outstanding safety practice across the minerals industry over the past 12 months – is the theme ‘Safer by sharing… Safer by Action’.
Andy Shuttlewood, Tarmac’s Health, Safety, Environment & Quality Director, said: “Our people are our most important asset and, because of this, we go to great lengths to ensure a very hands-on approach to learning. The occupational health and wellbeing learning centre we created at The Park brings alive the awareness of the occupational hazards that our people will encounter while working on our sites.”
Heather Ankers, Tarmac’s PODP Training Manager, added: “The PODP course encompasses all of the knowledge and behaviours needed to become a skilled operative within our business. We look at the technical and practical aspects of the role blended with classroom-based learning that they can take back to their own sites.
“Since launching the PODP in 2018, we have enrolled around 150 apprentices on the programme.”
Tarmac won further commendations for a Vehicle and Pedestrian Management Project (VPMP) at its Newark Building Products plant. We also received a further two certificates of merit in the Safer Production category – for a remote-control material hopper feed and for the company’s system for maintaining and operating safety related controls. Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health, for their continued support for the 16th consecutive year.”