Our corporate responsibility
Taking corporate responsibility and sustainability seriously is of the utmost importance to Northgate. Sound and robust health and safety and environmental (HS&E) arrangements and risk controls therefore form a key part of the Group’s overall business strategy.
The Group’s arrangements for HS&E governance and management systems are monitored by the Audit and Risk Committee who have designated the Chief Executive as the person ultimately responsible for implementing best practice throughout the Group.
Common and consistent standards in accordance with legislative and best practice requirements are applied across all Group operations. Risk controls and procedures are continually assessed to ensure that everything is being done to meet the highest possible standards of HS&E requirements using comprehensive and robust HS&E operating controls.
Health and safety
Our approach to health & safety is simple: to ensure that no harm comes to anyone engaged with Northgate.
We realise that excellence in health & safety can only be achieved if it forms part of every individual’s responsibility within the Group. Our ‘Safe & Sound’ programme was established to create an environment of openness and awareness, where all colleagues feel able to identify and raise concerns about working practices and conditions.
The Group provides training for employees in a wide range of health and safety disciplines, most of which is carried out internally by the Group’s HS&E department, which in the UK is accredited by the British Safety Council.
During the year the Group’s HS&E department carried out formal audit reviews to measure performance of our HS&E management system at all locations and where necessary identified improvements and subsequently monitored compliance. The main objective of the HS&E department is to ensure continuous improvement across the Group and provide pragmatic and practical solutions to the operational risks within the business to all levels of employees with a strong focus on behavioural safety and employee involvement.
The main way that health & safety across the business is monitored is by the Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) during the course of our work. The AFR is calculated as the number of accidents reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) per 100,000 employee hours worked. Although the legislation in Spain defines reportable accidents under different rules to the UK, the data reported is in line with RIDDOR.
The AFR’s reported are as follows: