HSE Charter Signed

Michael Phillips
The India Consultant's Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Forum was an idea conceptualised and led by Faithful+Gould in October 2014 to promote a safer and healthier workplace for those working in the Indian construction industry.

This founder group of consultants (Faithful+Gould, Atkins, Mott MacDonald, Halcrow and Arcadis Hyder) recognised something had to be done to improve HSE standards in the Indian construction industry and the Forum members were in industry leader positions to help effect these changes.

The Forum meets regularly with the aim of knowledge sharing, integrating and consolidating HSE experiences and challenges of the Forum members to promote the best HSE practices in construction.

As an important first step, the Forum members agreed upon and signed an HSE Charter which reinforces the commitment of the Forum members to promote best HSE practices and actively participate in improving HSE standards in construction.

As an important first step, the Forum members agreed upon and signed an HSE Charter which reinforces the commitment of the Forum members to promote best HSE practices and actively participate in improving HSE standards in construction. The signing of the charter by senior executives of each organisation signifies its importance and sends a public declaration to the industry that HSE is a serious issue and improvements are needed. The HSE Charter is based on the following six principles:

  • We will work with and influence key stakeholders in the construction industry to promote good HSE practices.
  • We will actively participate in open and transparent exchange of HSE information to improve standards with members of the forum.
  • Seek support as appropriate from all stakeholders to address workers welfare for the projects we work on.
  • We will work together to ensure compliance with local legal and statutory requirements.
  • To encourage a high level of safety awareness by all personnel’s at site.
  • We will actively promote HSE first approach.

The Forum has worked on and recently agreed to a, “Minimum Requirements for Construction Safety,” document for use on projects. Other Forum initiatives being worked on include an e-learning module for construction safety, HSE training and consistent and credible HSE key performance indicator benchmarking and monitoring.

The Forum has worked on and recently agreed to a, “Minimum Requirements for Construction Safety,” document for use on projects.

The Forum is expanding and is discussing with other stakeholders who will join including consultants, contractors, clients and developers. This will only increase the awareness and promote a more collaborative industry wide best HSE practices culture creating a safer and healthier construction industry in India.

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