Colas - we go further

Health & Safety

In Colas, the safety of the public and those who work with and for us is our first priority. Our safety ethos is founded on the Colas Safety Principles: 

  • Safety is a core value 
  • Safety is everyone's responsibility 
  • All injuries are preventable 
  • No risks assessment no work 
  • Safety is good business 
  • All incidents will be investigated 
  • Take action now 
  • Commitment to Health and Safety 
  • Safety is part of every job 
  • Working safely is a condition of contract 

Our proactive occupational Safety Management System (SMS) is an integral part of our company culture and ensures that all personnel are involved with the safety issues related to their work. The SMS meets the requirements of BS18001 and formalises our long-standing commitment to the protection of the health and safety of employees and those who come into contact with our operations. It is designed to identify and control Health and Safety risks and improve performance. 

Colas are a member of various safety organisations and committees including ROSPA; The Construction Health, and Safety Group at , Highways Term Maintenance Associations Safety Forum, QPA Health and Safety Group and also assist in matters of Safety with the Road Surface Treatments Association.  

Health and Safety awards

Our Health and Safety record within the construction and allied industries is excellent. Our approach to managing and improving our health and safety system has been recognised over the years by ROSPA with 8 gold and 5 silver awards. In 2011 we were presented with a Highly Commended award for Managing Occupational Road Risk and a Commended award in the Engineering Construction Industry sector. 

Colas have won three awards at the Mineral Product Association's prestigious Health and Safety Awards 2011. The company was a runner-up in the category of 'Occupational Good Health' for its Men's Health Week campaign; was Highly Commended in the 'Worker Involvement' category for its Operatives Forum; and was Highly Commended in the 'LGV's and All Company Vehicles: Driver Safety/Public Safety' category for the installation of the 'Mobile eye' collision avoidance system in their distribution fleet at Warrington. 

We have also received two Highly Commended and three Gold Managing Occupational Road Risk (MORR) awards from RoSPA for our proactive Safe Attitude in Driving (SAID) programme.

Key facts

  • 8 Gold and 5 Silver RoSPA Awards 
  • Consistently low incident frequency rate 
  • In-house Health and Safety specialists  
  • Health and safety embedded in company culture