Since it was across the way, and since ISG kindly offered, we popped over to the Liverpool Exhibition Centre to see how they were addressing fairness, inclusion and respect at site level.
“Scrap ‘near miss’; it’s ‘hazard recognition’” – ‘Near miss’ holds connotations of blame. ‘Hazard recognition’ takes on an entirely different tone; it suggests the person recognising the hazard possessed enough skill to recognise the problem and had been positive in their action. We would say that the behavioural implication of the words has a vast impact on individuals feeling ‘ok’ to report challenges in their environment in a way that makes them feel respected.
Green, Amber and Red – The use of yellow and red cards is not new in the sector; we also advise them for use when challenging negative behaviour. Where ISG have taken this a step forward is the introduction of a green card to reward positive actions from site staff. If you get a green card, your name goes into a hat and every month the winner gets £50. We feel that the approach to fairness, inclusion and respect should start here – learning the valuable lessons from past work in the sector.
NI Numbers to check ‘right to work’ – Gang–mastering is a problem across the sector, and knowing who has a right to work can be problematic. In order to ensure people are not taken advantage of we need to address this as a matter of urgency. ISG have started down this path by collecting the NI numbers of people working on site, this allows them to match up to their CSCS cards and ensure they are registered to work.
Taken from the blog section of the Constructing Equality Ltd website