28th April marks the International Labour Organisation (ILO) World Day for Safety and Health at Work; an international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work around the globe.
The 2021 World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on strategies to strengthen national occupational safety and health (OSH) systems to build resilience, in order to face crises now and in the future, drawing on lessons learned and experiences from the world of work.
The COVID 19 pandemic has changed the lives of everybody from our day-to-day activities to how we work and manage business.
Health and safety at work is something we take very serious at COMS with teams often working in high-risk environments and businesses. Many of the team have been working at home since March 2020 with minimum contact. Whilst some of the team continue to work on project delivery on sites such as Sellafield, maintaining H&S standards and social distancing policies.
In 2019 Matthew Garratt joined the organisation as Commercial & HSE Director taking an overview of all aspects of health and safety at COMS and has been at the forefront of implementing H&S procedures in light of the pandemic and how we maintain a safe working environment for all COMS personnel.
Since assuming control of his new role as HSE Director, Matthew has achieved a NEBOSH general certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, which is an internationally recognised qualification. He has worked hard to enable COMS to pursue its goal of achieving ISO 14001 Environmental Standard. He has made changes to existing and added new documentation to our already well-established business management system. These new procedures allow COMS to track and monitor its health and safety performance along with COMS company carbon footprint and ensure personnel are following our company environmental standards. Matthew also has more continual improvements to implement over the coming months to help improve COMS health and safety culture and behaviours into the future.