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Meet our Make it Safe team – Five questions, five minutes

06 Aug 2020

Our Make it Safe initiative was introduced a little over two years ago and helps to reinforce the important Health and Safety messages that we all implement and adhere too.

Health and Safety is a great, fast paced career and our professionals located at each of our sites are at different levels of their career paths in the sector.

We’re going to meet a few of them over the coming months – first up, is Nathan Thompson at our Swindon site and he shared a few of his thoughts on all things Health and Safety.

Here’s his ‘Five questions in five minutes’

How long have you been in your role?

I have worked for the company for 15 years in a variety of roles so have a great understanding of the business; however, I started my role as Health and Safety/Quality manager almost a year ago.

What do you like most about your role?

I am enjoying all aspects of the role, especially knowing the changes I make to our workplace are continuingly improving to keep everybody safe. It is a challenge I relish and one I find rewarding.

How has Health and Safety in the workplace changed during you career?

People generally are so much more aware of it now. It is now the most important part of the business and it is one of the reasons I wanted to move into Health and Safety when the opportunity came up. We ensure all members of the team are educated and involved in all Health and Safety matters. Awareness and education is the key to success, and I ensure we have good relationships and open lines of communication to be able to deliver this.

The AssessNET system epitomises how important Health and Safety is in our company. It is a great new system which makes processes more efficient and assists in maintaining training records, SSOW, Risk Assessments and all compliance documents within the required timescales.

What qualifications do you have pertaining to the role or what are you working towards?

I have just gained my IOSH managing safely qualification which is a good starting point and I am now focusing on gaining my Level 3 NVQ in Health and Safety (NEBOSH equivalent).

How has the ‘Make it Safe’ initiative impacted on H&S operations at B&P?

I think it has had a very positive effect on the company. It has placed an even bigger emphasis on a continuous improvement approach to our Health and Safety culture and engages with all sites on all Health and Safety aspects. I like the way the initiative is involving production-based leaders on the new ‘Leadership Development Programme’ educating them on production from a Health and Safety perspective.

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