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On the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, we look back -and forward- at how health and safety are embedded in our culture.


 WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Employees at work

We have recently named our Global Head of Health and Safety for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Andy Shannon, who shares his plan for ongoing health and safety in our operations: “It is important to note that a core element of our safety culture is individual accountability through ‘Making Safety Personal’; we must use this to drive the actions defined in the 2015-2017 Roadmap.”

The WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Expectations for Managing Health & Safety and associated 2015-2017 Roadmap define the performance requirements for each business within the global company over the next three years. The Roadmap sets specific, proactive measures in support of year-on-year improvement of health and safety performance. Leaders are accountable for implementing the arrangements defined in the document and for driving the positive action required to ensure that we eliminate risk, create safe working environments and share best practices.

This year’s theme for World Day for Safety and Health at Work is “Join in building a culture of prevention on OSH”, which perfectly matches our approach. “As our programme moves forward, the elimination of risk will form the basis of everything we do from winning work, through developing, planning, design and construction. It will feature prominently in the selection of the type of professional services business we pursue, who we work with, how we work, performance measurement and personal advancement. It needs to become the fabric of our culture and our work in this area will set us apart from our competitors, enhance our client offering, and most importantly ensure that our employees have a safe working environment,” explains Andy Shannon.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on April 28 and has been observed by the International Labour Organization since 2003.