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Another Hat- A different perspective

Hey there, lovely readers! Welcome back to my corner of the internet. Today, I thought I'd give you a glimpse into what a typical day looks like for me in my role as a Health & Safety, Environmental, and Quality Manager. Yes, I know, it might sound like a mouthful, but trust me, it's all about ensuring everyone's well-being while keeping things ship-shaped and quality-approved!

So, let's dive right in, shall we?

First things first, my mornings usually kick off with a hearty dose of coffee, and then the school run/ dog walk and then another coffee – an absolute necessity to fuel my adventures in safety and quality. With my caffeine fix in hand, I embark on my mission to maintain the organisation's Health & Safety, Environmental, and Quality management system. Think of it as being the guardian of all things safety-related, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and meets the highest standards.

One of my key duties involves providing Method Statements and Risk Assessments for all our jobs. It's all about anticipating potential risks and putting measures in place to keep everyone safe and sound. From the office to the field, I've got my trusty toolkit of safety protocols ready to go.

But that's not all – I also play the role of a professional support guru, offering advice to the Senior Management Team and staff on Occupational Safety, Health, Environmental, and Quality matters. Whether it's answering burning questions or offering a helping hand, I'm always here to lend my expertise and ensure that safety remains a top priority for everyone.

And let's not forget about the thrill of audits and accreditations! As part of my role, I take on the task of providing an Assurance and Audit role in the company, liaising with external accreditation bodies and auditors to ensure that we're ticking all the right boxes. It's all about dotting the i's, crossing the t's, and showcasing our commitment to excellence. My favourite at the moment is the construction line- these guys are 110% and every policy and policy is about striving towards environmentally and sustainable building. Driving lower carbon, lower cost and higher quality construction through innovative techniques; giving consumers more control over how they use energy through smart technologies; The Mission also aims to halve the cost of reaching the same standard in existing buildings.

Of course, I'm also here to assist our amazing subcontractors in navigating the complex world of compliance. From keeping up with relevant legislation to meeting client standards and contractual arrangements, I'm the go-to gal for all things compliance-related. I've also found myself donning the hat and boots and going around the site constantly on the lookout for PPE standards and ensuring that the guys adhere to SOP'S

But perhaps my favourite part of the job is driving the philosophy of safety ownership throughout all levels of the organisation. It's about fostering a culture where safety isn't just a checklist item – it's a way of life. Through engaging with and providing training for staff and managers, I strive to maximise improvements in skills and safety performance, ensuring that everyone plays an active role in keeping our workplace safe and sound.

During our team meetings discussing safety and environmental performance, there's always a palpable sense of camaraderie mixed with a dash of friendly competition. We find ourselves engaging in spirited debates about the best ways to communicate our commitment to safety and environmental stewardship, brainstorming creative ideas ranging from catchy slogans to interactive social media campaigns. Sometimes, our discussions veer off course into hilarious anecdotes about workplace mishaps—like the time someone mistook a fire drill for an impromptu dance party! But amidst the laughter, there's a resounding acknowledgement of the importance of keeping our workplace safe and eco-friendly.

As we delve into conducting risk assessments and identifying potential hazards, our meetings take on an air of intrigue and suspense akin to a detective mystery. We become sleuths, meticulously scouring every nook and cranny of our workplace for lurking dangers, from slippery floors to rogue office supplies. With a healthy dose of imagination, we even envision ourselves as adventurers embarking on perilous quests to vanquish workplace hazards, armed with safety manuals and hazard mitigation strategies. It's not uncommon for our discussions to be punctuated by bursts of laughter as we imagine ourselves donning superhero capes in the quest for workplace safety supremacy.

When it comes to providing training and education on health, safety, and environmental issues, our team meetings transform into lively classrooms brimming with enthusiasm and curiosity. We adopt roles as both teachers and eager learners, swapping tips and tricks for effectively conveying important safety protocols and environmental best practices. Amidst the serious discussions, there's always room for a bit of playful banter and friendly competition as we engage in safety-themed quizzes and challenges. With a collective sense of purpose and a sprinkle of levity, our team meetings become not just opportunities for learning, but also moments of connection and camaraderie that strengthen our commitment to keeping ourselves and our workplace safe and environmentally sustainable.

And there you have it – a sneak peek into my world as a Health & Safety, Environmental, and Quality Manager. It's a role filled with adventure, challenges, and plenty of opportunities to make a difference. Until next time, stay safe and keep quality at the forefront of everything you do!

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