The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

A Passport To Safety

10 November 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

Highways England has announced the new Health and Safety Passport scheme at the national Highways UK conference, held in Birmingham on November 8

With an ambition to set a common safety standard for more than 50,000 workers across its whole supply chain, Highways England, the passport strives to simplify the method of gaining access to construction sites with a personalised smart card, assuring competency, qualification and fitness  to work across Highways England’s construction workforce.

Operations Regional Director at Highways England, Simon Jones said: “Our Health and Safety Passport scheme sets a common safety standard for colleagues across our supply chain. It will make it simpler for staff to transfer between sites and for companies to verify that the people who work for them have the training, qualifications and competencies to work on any site.

“We hope that within 12 months all the suppliers we work with will be using the system.”

The card is checkable using smartphone technology to help build a picture of the workforce and help colleagues to transfer between sites and suppliers with ease.

Working together with over twenty different suppliers and partners from across the industry, the common introduction course delivered by Lantra covers all major projects and construction and renewal sites. Alongside the common induction training, a passport smartcard will be issued to the individual who will be able to carry around their training record, qualifications and competency details in their pocket wherever they work.

Picture: The new Health and Safety Passport scheme was launched at the national Highways UK conference, in Birmingham on November 8


Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 10 November 2017


Related Articles

THINK! Drink

Tell your friends not to drink drive this festive period says the latest THINK! campaign which started on December 7. For this year’s campaign, which runs to...

 Read Full Article
Patience Must Prevail in UK Air Pollution Plight

Amid a recent flurry of headlines around air pollution in the UK, Bureau Veritas has been quick to assert that patience must prevail as there are many major challenges to...

 Read Full Article
Coughing-up On Ill Health

Almost half of Britain’s industry leaders do not feel enough is being done across industry to tackle cases of work-related ill-health, according to research from...

 Read Full Article
EN Approved Breathalyzer Launched

Alcohol safety and training specialist AlcoDigital, which works with dozens of companies across the UK addressing their alcohol and drug testing procedures and policies,...

 Read Full Article
Hello Darkness My Old Friend

Construction businesses in particular lose a cumulative three days’ work over the winter months due to poor light and more accidents happen in the first week after...

 Read Full Article
Environment Agency Trials Use Of Body Cameras

Environment Agency enforcement officers in the North East are wearing body worn cameras as part of a six-month trial. It is the first of its kind within the...

 Read Full Article
All Safe Minds - Stress & Mental Support Network

Willmott Dixon has launched a campaign to ensure thousands of people who work on its projects have a support network should they suffer from stress and other mental...

 Read Full Article
Biker Down - First Aid Training For Motorcyclists

The London Fire Brigade is helping to make London’s roads safer for motorcyclists by offering free regular motorcycle safety courses. The training sessions take...

 Read Full Article
Men At More Risk Than Women

More men than women are being put at risk of an accident says a report finding that two-thirds of men are being put in danger at work by poor health and safety...

 Read Full Article
New Tricks - Waterman Joins Council

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, has announced the appointment of Lawrence Waterman as the new Chairman of the British Safety...

 Read Full Article