A Spotlight On Safety
15 Jul 2021
Ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our clients, employees and partners continue to remain one of our top priorities throughout our 25 years of workplace transformations. Amid the health risks and manpower crunch that have been brought about by the pandemic, how can projects continue to be delivered safely, on-time and on-budget? This article will hence underscore the importance of Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) to us, be it through our project delivery framework, our on-site processes and procedures, and how it has been embedded into our corporate culture. Through this approach, we hope to continue to enhance our capabilities, by nurturing a culture that prioritises safety in the built environment as well as minimising disruptions to our ongoing projects.
We have put in place a comprehensive project delivery framework that accounts for various risks that have been compounded by the pandemic, be it ensuring the safety of all employees and clients on-site, risks of infection on-site, as well as delays in the procurement of materials and furnishings.
Our risk management plan gives us visibility into the predicted likelihood as well as the potential impact that each risk could have on our ability to deliver. Upfront checks are made with all our sub-vendors and trade partners to ensure sufficient resources throughout the whole lifecycle of the project. Proactive planning practices prepare us for supplier issues ahead of time to either mitigate those risks or lessen their impact on our ability to deliver the project. These contingency plans allow our organization to operate with agility and flexibility.
Safe & Healthy Work Sites
To ensure a safe and healthy working environment at all our worksites, we have adopted a stringent and structured approach in accordance with Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA)’s latest and updated instructions. This includes the enforcement of strict site zoning and entry processes such as the scanning of TraceTogether QR codes and temperature-taking checks. Once on-site, workers will then proceed to attend a toolbox briefing conducted by the construction manager or the site safety supervisor, where all safe distancing measures, precautionary measures and relevant hazards related to their trade will be highlighted.
Additionally, to safeguard the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our workers on-site, we have implemented a five-step exercise program that will be conducted at all of our worksites before the daily commencement of work.
Regular daily checks are conducted by our project managers, construction managers or the QHSE team at all ID21 worksites to ensure that conditions remain safe to work and that everyone enters the site and leaves the site healthily.
As an advocate of WSH, we are committed to engaging with and influencing existing and potential stakeholders across our value chain to work safely with us. We have shared our experiences and best practices with clients and suppliers alike, with the goal of encouraging others to embark on their own WSH journeys and upgrade their certification levels.
Internally, through our newsletter that provides company updates and features employee activities, we have spotlighted our QHSE department for all employees to better understand and appreciate the importance of WSH. We have also recently developed a fun and engaging quiz competition that was shared with our employees to test their knowledge on health & safety best practices in the office and at the worksite.
Ensuring Safety in the Built Environment
Through striving to build a healthy and safe environment by embracing best practices, we are proud to have received recognition for our collective efforts. bizSAFE is a nationally recognised capability-building programme designed to help companies build workplace safety and health capabilities. Through this programme, we have attained bizSAFE STAR certification, the highest level of accreditation in the bizSAFE journey, which signifies our achievement of Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) and Risk Management Excellence. We are also the first Design & Build company in Singapore to receive the bizSAFE Partner Award in both 2016 and 2017.
Ensuring safety in the built environment has always been one of our top-of-mind priorities. Our in-house Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE) team is fully committed to creating productive and safe worksites to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our clients, workers and partners. However, we also strongly believe that the management of health and safety should not only be through a single point of responsibility but a culture that is nurtured throughout our organisation as well as with our external stakeholders. As aptly put by our Corporate QHSE Manager, Andy Philip,
“Ultimately, above all processes and procedures are people. Safety resides in the value we place on individuals and the interaction of teams. It’s about how we connect and interact on the worksite, how we communicate, and the value we place on each other. Safety starts with people. So if you want to be passionate about safety, you first need to be passionate about people and let your passion for safety stem from there.”
With these comprehensive measures in place, we hope to give you peace of mind knowing that your project will be delivered efficiently and safely during this pandemic. ID21 is an experienced and reputable office renovation contractor who can help guide you through your workplace transformation. Contact us today to find out more!