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Sharing best practice in health and safety

Better run sites are almost always sites of better quality. In our aim to raise standards and quality in house-building, we're compiling and sharing case studies that show health and safety best practice in action.

The annual NHBC Health and Safety Awards showcase some of the best health and safety initiatives in house-building. The first three case studies published below were all Special Award winners in the 2014 competition.

Each case study contains a "best practice basics" section that highlights the key points to take away.

Changing employee behaviours at Stewart Milne Group

Like many organisations, despite having excellent physical health and safety controls, Stewart Milne Group (SMG) recognised that without proper buy-in from employees there was a natural limit to how far traditional health and safety management methods could take them. They therefore embarked on an ambitious culture change initiative called "Choose Safe" to tackle the problem of counter-productive behaviour.


Applying global health and safety systems at a local level in Lend Lease

As a global business with local operations, Lend Lease has established Global Minimum Requirements (GMRs) which set out the organisation's minimum environment, health and safety standards to control risks associated with construction operations. They've also taken a proactive approach to managing health risks.


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The role of in-house health and safety managers at Bellway Homes

Increasingly over the last ten years large housebuilders have seen the benefits of employing health and safety managers to co-ordinate the company's approach to managing health and safety. Claire Walker is a Regional Health and Safety Manager for Bellway Homes working across five regions. She advocates the benefits of closer liaison and engagement with the workforce.


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