Home Safe and Well
“Home safe and well” is the Highways England fresh new approach to health, safety and wellbeing improvement. Our vision of ‘No-one should be harmed when travelling or working on the strategic road network’ is summed up in this simple phrase; we want everyone who works with us and everyone who travels on our network to get home safe and well to the people they love and the things that they love doing. The approach is inclusive and aimed at customers, employees and supply chain with a focus on ownership and outcomes. This requires fresh thinking and innovative approaches towards health, safety and wellbeing across the industry.
We’ve come a long way since 2015, when our five-year safety plan was first published. The five-year plan provided a strong foundation from which to learn and improve as our industry adapted to new challenges. Home, safe and well takes this one step further; it is more than a set of actions, it is an approach marbled through everything we do.
Our Company and Directorate Plans
These plans are owned by Highways England’s Executive Team and overseen by our Board. They are less prescriptive, more collaborative ways of working. They encourage each area of our business, our supply chain partners and every individual, to define and own their own commitment to getting everyone home safe and well.
We have taken a collaborative approach from the start, involving a range of people from inside and outside our organisation. It was important to do this to ensure that the way we go about managing health, safety and wellbeing in Highways England reflects the unique issues we face. Together, we looked at our performance since 2015 and identified six focus areas that are critical to how we will go about improving health, safety and wellbeing for our employees, supply chain and our customers.
The Six Focus Areas
These form the backbone of our plans for the next Roads Investment Strategy period (2020-2025). The activity is divided into that taken at corporate level and that driven more locally by our directorates.
Our collaboration extends beyond developing our approach. We recognise that our supply chain partners at all levels share our commitment and eagerness to learn. Our Supply Chain Safety Hub is one example of our joint approach. This has produced main innovations over the years and continues to develop and contribute to improving safety in the industry. Together with our supply chain, we have also introduced a safety culture maturity measurement tool that we hope will help us all share good practice and learn from each other.
We will measure our success against a set of ten aspirations that include performance relating to our customers, those who work on our roads and our internal safety arrangements and culture.
This approach is a big step forward and a shared responsibility for all of us; we must all take ownership and contribute towards stopping people being hurt, or worse. We must all intervene if we feel something is unsafe, give feedback on performance, and contribute to improvement together. We must all make our commitment to health, safety and wellbeing known - tell someone, and check in with them to hold us to account for what we need to do.