Sudbury Silk Mills Sustainability Brochure double page - Flipbook - Page 13
Health, Safety & Wellbeing
The safety and wellbeing of our stakeholders is of vital importance to us, be they employees,
suppliers or clients, and we are committed to ensuring the maximum safety possible. Our
policy sets clear responsibilities and requirements for staying safe in the workplace,
alongside targets to continually improve the safety of our working environment. We aim to
empower our workforce to take responsibility for their own health and safety and that of
others working around them. Everyone is required to report any hazards or ‘near misses’
before they develop into more serious issues, which helps us to record and investigate any
incidents so we are able to take the necessary actions to minimise future risks. By doing this,
we have reduced our incidence of minor accidents by 50%.
Every month we hold a health & safety committee meeting, which includes representatives
from operations and administrative areas, in addition to the management team and the
board of directors, and is chaired by the dedicated health and safety manager. All issues are
raised and appropriately actioned, with feedback and minutes posted on all bulletin boards.
Health monitoring and support by a local occupational health provider is carried out
annually. Regular training is carried out for first aid, fire marshals, fork lift truck operators,
those working at height and we have a large tool box talk library for all teams to incorporate
into their regular team briefings.
In 2020, wellbeing of our workforce was especially key with Covid-19 changing working
practices. In conjunction with our group championing our people strategy, regular
correspondence has included links to support charities, ideas for home schooling, recipes,
quizzes and sharing of staff photos and updates. Forced separation has highlighted the
importance of support, communication and community, both within the group and with the