Robertson group not prepared to settle for Bronze

Moray firm the Robertson Group has reaped the benefits of improving health and safety in the workplace by winning the Bronze Healthy Working Lives award.

Now the Elgin-based company is focused towards the next step and achieving silver status.

The award programme is run by the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives and helps organisations of all types promote health and safety themes within the workplace. It seeks to do this in a practical way that benefits both employers and employees.

From an employer’s point of view, focusing on workplace health and wellbeing can create lower absenteeism, decreasing the significant costs that poor attendance brings to businesses.

Research last year found the annual cost of sickness to UK companies rose to almost £329billion.

Robertson has directly involved employees in developing their programme by using a feedback survey to ask what themes they would like to address. The projects that have helped Robertson achieve Bronze status include the hydration challenge and the hand/arm vibration awareness campaign.

They first encouraged employees to drink between six and eight glasses of water a day to avoid symptoms of dehydration including fatigue and headaches, while the latter raised awareness of the dangers of incorrectly using power tools in the construction industry, with toolbox talks on the subject held across the company.

Robertson staff have now joined a long list of individuals that are planning to Go Sober for October, cutting out alcohol in order to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Two more themes to be focused upon over the next year include bowel and prostate cancer, while the group will run a smoking cessation programme between January and March 2015.

The Robertson Healthy Working Lives (HWL) team was instrumental in achieving the Bronze award. The team is composed of staff from a variety of departments, led by construction manager and HWL Champion Brian Pettigrew.

Brian said: “It has been incredibly rewarding to see the improvement the Healthy Working Lives programme has brought to Robertson Group.

“Staff have been very engaged in contributing their ideas about which themes we should focus upon, and are enthusiastic about working together to create a happier, healthier work environment.

“In construction, safety is of paramount importance and achieving this award has shown our commitment to providing the best experience we can for all of our employees.”

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