Zurich in the UK believes that health & safety is a line management responsibility and the managing directors in each SBU have formally endorsed this.
We operate an integrated management system for health safety and environment. Policy-making is led by a health and safety strategic management group (H&SSMG). This committee brings together health & safety practitioners, Risk managers representing each business unit and employee representatives. Our first meeting was held in August 2002. Concise minutes are published after each meeting.
The H&SSMG's agenda is set by a risk profiling techniques which identified the top health & safety risks, for example:
- sickness absence
- criminal assaults on staff
- controlling off-site activities
- call centres
- home-based staff
Zurich has agreed a process with the Unite and UFS unions for appointing safety representatives at certain locations and facilities are made available. The same arrangements apply to non-unionised offices where some safety marshals have volunteered to become representatives of employee safety.