Saint-Gobain Pam UK wins National Health and Safety award

The team at iron technology leader Saint-Gobain PAM UK is celebrating after receiving the Health and Safety Award at the recent Society of British Water and Wastewater Industries (SBWWI) Annual Awards Lunch.

The award was presented to Ian Walsh, Operations and Logistics Director and Sue Wallbanks, Human Resources Director at Saint-Gobain PAM UK by John Bourne, Deputy Director Water of Defra.

Held at the Hilton Hotel in Warwick, the Awards lunch was attended by around 100 SBWWI members and industry guests. Award submissions were received from a wide range of organisations across the water industry supply chain.

Announcing the award, Martyn Hopkinson, Chairman of SBWWI, said that the judges were particularly impressed by Saint-Gobain PAM UK’s submission as it demonstrated commitment to health and safety throughout the organisation and that the innovative approaches to health and safety adopted by the company had yielded tangible and sustainable results.

Sue Wallbanks explains: “Our motto is ‘nothing is so important it cannot be done safely’ and this award is testament to our dedication to fulfilling this.

“Safety management at Saint-Gobain PAM UK is both reactive and proactive, in that all accidents, no matter how minor are investigated and a number of management tools are applied to ensure best practice in all situations. Each of our sites is targeted with reducing its risk score by 30% year on year and every operator is empowered to stop production if they see something unsafe. It means that we can continuously improve with the aim of running an accident free operation.”

Reduction in accidents has long been a target for Saint-Gobain PAM UK, which is why three years ago a specific action plan was developed to drive a safety conscious behavioural change throughout all operations. Based on three co-dependant principles: no compromise on safety, operator involvement in recognising root causes of accidents and near misses, and behavioural changes by the use of targeted audits (SMATs) and World Class Manufacturing tool, the strategy has resulted in a reduction in accident rates of almost 50 per cent. 

Sue adds: “Responsibility for safety does not just apply to our own employees but to our customers and our suppliers, which is why it is so important. We would like to thank the SBWWI for recognising the hard work we do.”

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