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.
A diversity and inclusion case study to be published in September 2017 will introduce the concept of diversity and inclusion integrated with health and safety. It further aims to provide an overview of the key processes which enabled delivery and embedded diversity and inclusion within health and safety, promoting the good practice of a safe, inclusive and interdependent culture.
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.
In addition to the above requirements and objectives the Diversity and Inclusion case study will focus on three key areas: the existing health and safety strategy; research; and external engagement.
Further research is planned into the effectiveness of H&S communication to non-English speaker workers, to be published later in the programme.
The Diversity & Inclusion Specialist is also in regular contact with UBM, TfL, Women into Construction, Stonewall and other industry partners as an advisor 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.