Safety, Health and Environment (SHE)

We recognise that to continuously improve our safety, health and environmental performance, everyone representing the company must take individual ownership when they see things that could be improved. This is implicit in our journey to a generative and inclusive culture. We are committed to ensuring that everyone who works with and for us goes home safe every day.

We have a dedicated Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) professional team committed to providing a great working environment for everyone who interacts with Octavius, whether they be customers, employees, subcontractors, suppliers or members of the public.

Vision

Through the highest level of safe and sustainable performance, we will minimise our impact on the environment, we will protect the safety, health and wellbeing of every person affected by our works, and we will ensure everyone goes home safely to their families every day.

Safety

We operate a telephone Safety Hotline reporting system for all health, safety and environmental incidents.

We have formal Health & Safety management systems, and we are proud that we continue to be certified to ISO45001.

Our cultural change programme Stop Think! introduced in 2012, is as relevant today as it was then. It continues to grow and develop and is shared with our customer and supplier organisations.

Health and Wellbeing

It is extremely important to us that our people are healthy, happy and maintain a well-balanced work life.  Our focus is on enhancing health and well-being through informed healthy lifestyle choices to prevent illness.  However where illness occurs we provide varying levels of support together with provision of free AXA PPP Healthcare.

Recognising the impact mental health has on wellbeing we are working with the ‘Samaritans’ and ‘Mental Health First Aid England’ and Rail Wellbeing Live to help raise awareness.

STOPThink!

We are creating a ‘generative’ business culture based around our successful STOP Think! cultural development programme.  The coaching-based sessions help influence positive changes in behaviours. The programme incorporates practical engagement at all levels of influence in Octavius and in our customer and supplier organisations. Together we are working to achieve performance improvement and zero harm.

You can download our monthly STOP Think! cascade briefings. Sharing our learning and our initiatives, the cascades aim to change personal behaviours and thereby contribute to a safer and healthier industry for all.

If you would like to receive our STOP Think! Cascade monthly directly into your inbox, please use the form below.

Environment

The industry is a large contributor to green house gases and we have made a commitment to reduce  our dependence on fossil fuels and be net neutral carbon by the end of 2024 as part of a journey to net zero.  This sits alongside our ambitions for preserving natural resources and improving the biodiversity of the areas in which we work. We use our environmental management system to identify our impacts and we work with our supply chain to reduce or mitigate them.  By positively influencing design, product selection and project delivery we can play a part in industry change.

Accreditations and Memberships

We value the support provided by specialist safety, health, wellbeing and environmental organisations. Verification of our systems and processes combined with a cycle of plan, do check and act ensures we keep abreast of the latest requirements and innovative approaches to deliver the best outcomes for our Customers and our People.