In ARCADIS' General Business Principles, we commit to providing a healthy and safe work environment for all our employees. To that end, our global health and safety vision and policy reflect a proactive risk and behavior-based approach that integrates H&S into our culture, values and the way we do business.
Health and safety management system
Our global Health & Safety management system is designed to standardize the process of Health & Safety across the company but allow for the nuances of local culture, client expectations and regulation. Our system focuses on proactive hazard recognition, risk assessment and control to prevent accidents. Lessons learned and best practices are regularly shared globally through our formal Safety Share process and informal networking of staff. Our system empowers staff to conduct their work in such a way to protect themselves and others. It gives them the tools to implement healthy and safe work practices at all times and encourages them to use these tools off-the-job to maintain a healthy and safe personal lifestyle.
We are continually striving for no harm to people through a zero incidents focus using the TRACK process of:
|Think through the task
Recognize the hazards
Assess the risks
Control the hazards
Keep health & safety first in all things
TRACK to 0 from ARCADIS on Vimeo.
TRACK to 0 is considered in everything we do. See TRACK to 0 in action in the video above.
Strong health and safety performance
Health and safety is also an integral part of the solutions we provide to our clients, and a key differentiator. Clients are regularly setting higher performance standards that stress continuous improvement, stewardship and employee engagement and accountability. ARCADIS has met these challenges and is striving to exceed the expectations of our staff, clients and stakeholders.
ARCADIS uses both leading and lagging indicators to measure its H&S performance including near miss reporting, H&S communications, training, H&S assessments, and employee satisfaction. In addition, ARCADIS measures performance using the traditional work-related injury and illness rates per standard definition and measurement techniques that match those of most of the regulatory bodies which apply to our operations and those of our clients that frequently request this information.
Since 2004, ARCADIS has reduced its rate of recordable injuries by 58%. Lost time injuries have decreased 54% over that same period. In addition, as a leading indicator, since 2006 when we began collecting Near Miss reports, we have had an increase of over 300%. We address near misses in the same way we do an injury, with a thorough investigation and by sharing lessons learned. We have also received numerous awards from clients for our H&S performance and several of our operating companies are certified to OHSAS 18001 and various other 3rd party audited standards.
ARCADIS continuously strives to improve its H&S program and performance. We do this by:
- Regular review of the H&S risks of each ARCADIS Operating Company (OpCo) to ensure that each risk is appropriate controlled throughout the company.
- Further improvement of our employees’ capability to recognize hazards and near misses, reporting these effectively and investigating them effectively.
- Frequent sharing of lessons learned related to best H&S practices and incidents.
- Continual stewardship from our leaders to promote our Health & Safety culture with our staff.
- Working with our partners to complete our work in a healthy and safe environment for all of our stakeholders
Our Health and Safety culture is easily understood through our H&S tagline:
A Real Commitment; A Daily Issue: Safety
For more information on our Health and Safety performance, please see our Annual Report.