A major step has been taken by HS2 and its contractors in developing health and safety assurance across sites between London and the West Midlands by introducing a new health and safety passport system.
The revolutionary digital ‘Health and Safety Passport System’ (HSPS) will be used initially by all of HS2’s Main Works Civils Contractors to share vital health and safety information across contractors.
The contract to develop and deliver the new system has been awarded to Solihull based company, Biosite Systems Ltd.
The new passport system will help HS2 contractors, and their staff, who may be working across multiple sites and multiple contracts establish a central database of critical workforce information across the HS2 supply chain.
In addition to ensuring only operatives with correct credentials and skills are permitted access to the site, this approach will allow HS2 to track workforce data around areas such as competency mapping, health and safety assessments and fatigue management across the whole project.
The software will also de-duplicate worker profiles to establish a single record for each operative, including as they potentially move between contractors working on the project.
The introduction of the HSPS is part of the HS2’s pledge to become the UK’s safest ever major project, putting safety at the centre of everything on the project. This includes guaranteeing the safety and welfare of everyone working on the project, right through to protecting the health and safety of the communities where HS2 is being constructed and will operate.
Emma Head, HS2’s Safety and Assurance Director said: “Health and Safety is at the heart of everything we do as we build Britain’s new high-speed railway. We aim to lead by innovation at HS2 and the new Health and Safety Passport System is a pioneering way for us to further our best practice approach to workforce health and safety management.”
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