Crossrail maintains a vast workforce, both corporate and on site operatives and the diversity and inclusion plan needs to represent all workers.
The challenge at Crossrail is to ensure that health and safety policies are inclusive of all workers including, but not limited by ability, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation and nationality.
The diversity and inclusion programme within Health and Safety is being delivered by implementing diversity and inclusion components through the existing health and safety strategy, undertaking research and campaigns directly targeted to specific demographics of visible and non-visible minorities working on site and has focused on external engagement working with supportive organisations.
Key requirements and objectives of the diversity and inclusion programme in health and safety are:
- Being an advocate and leader in diversity and inclusion within construction
- Analysing how the diversity of a construction site can affect health and safety
- Engaging the interests of everyone involved on the project
- Ensuring workplaces are designed to be inclusive of all persons
- Protecting workers from risks which may be increased due to their diverse nature
- Promoting an interdependent work culture which emphasises respect and inclusion, ensuring all workers “support each other” equally.
Crossrail has worked with with TfL, Women into Construction, Stonewall and other industry partners to advise and advocate for the implementation of diversity and inclusion in health and safety.
This article published by SHP Online gives an overview of what Crossrail aims to do in diversity and inclusion to further push the boundaries of health and safety.