The Group has a comprehensive system to assess, monitor and mitigate health and safety risk within the business which is subject to continuous improvement and review. The health and safety policies and procedures are available to all employees via the divisional intranets.
The focus on health and safety continues and we work closely with our employers’ liability insurers, Aviva, in reviewing and improving risk levels across the businesses. There was a small increase in the total accident numbers in the year to March 2017 although this was from a very low base given the size and nature of our businesses and the number of serious accidents fell by 45% year on year.
All areas of the business operate a twelve-month rolling risk assessment programme run by qualified Health and Safety professionals. This approach allows for greater focus on individual areas of health and safety. Each site receives several inspections during the year.
Findel Education have successfully renewed its certifications in ISO9001, 14001 and OHSAS18001, the internationally recognised standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. They are also a registered training centre for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. Findel remains a member of the British Safety Council and last year became a member of the Royal Society for the prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
A pilot scheme of near miss accident reporting was introduced during the year and this will further enhance our systems to identify any emerging risks that can be rectified prior to harm being caused. Additionally, a new Group Health and Safety Handbook was produced and circulated to all employees last year, as part of our system of periodic reviews.