Amey has been awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Initiative of the Year Award for its ‘ThinkSafe’ project. The project saw Amey develop three innovative safety toolkits used to gather non-traditional safety metrics, to drive Amey’s ‘Target Zero’ (zero Lost Time Injury Incident Rate by 2021) ambitions.
ThinkSafe, developed by Amey Consulting and rolled out in Amey’s rail business, focuses on psychological and human factor conditions that may contribute to accidents or incidents, utilising a ‘bottom-up’ approach to understand the risk of everyday activities. The project came out of a need to address the pitfalls of using root cause analysis, audits and accident data to understand risk and reduce accidents. Although useful, these approaches are considered somewhat reactive, therefore potentially posing a safety risk.
ThinkSafe is a series of toolkits which provide high quality data, beyond traditional safety metrics and examine the psychological and human factor variables associated with safety; such as workload, job pressure and safety climate. The toolkits developed following a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Leeds Beckett University’s ‘Psychology Applied to Safety & Health’ research team.
Speaking about the ThinkSafe initiative Robert Doyle, HSEQ Director, Consulting, Amey said: “We are incredibly proud that ThinkSafe has been awarded the RoSPA Health and Safety Initiative of the year 2020. This innovative approach has been designed inhouse to support our ongoing zero harm philosophy – by focusing on human and psychological factors which can positively or negatively impact on the safety and wellbeing of our workforce.”
Speaking on the award, Joe Docherty, HSEQ Director, Transport Infrastructure, Amey said: “The health and safety of our people is our number one priority and we are delighted to have received this award from RoSPA. Innovations like ThinkSafe are made possible through the hard work and expertise of our people and the importance we all place on safety.”
The RoSPA Awards recognise world-leaders in health and safety practice and are the UK’s longest-running Health & Safety industry awards, and speaking, Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “RoSPA wants every employee, wherever they are, to work safe in the knowledge that they will be going home unharmed and healthy at the end of every day. The RoSPA Award winners are vital to help achieve this goal, as by entering they are driving up standards and setting new benchmarks for organisations everywhere.”