About our health and safety policy
No matter where we choose to work, the health and safety of colleagues will always be a priority. We’re experienced in managing health and safety and have policies and practices to support compliance. Our plans and actions are led by a health and safety committee and we manage health and safety using risk frameworks.
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Measures and controls
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)
As an employer, we are required to report certain workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified occurrences as part of the RIDDOR 2013 regulations.
- reported 8 RIDDORs in total in 2021
- had no loss of life caused by our physical environment or work activity ever
Health and Safety Enforcement
We've not had any health and safety enforcement action in 2021. We’ve had several Covid-19 spot checks by the Health and Safety Executive by phone and in person at our branches and administration centres with no findings.
Our processes for emergency response allow us to act with urgency if an incident occurs. For property, we have a Property Services Helpline, accessible through our intranet. For people and health, we have first aiders and mental health champions across the organisation. We also have 24-hour security monitoring to identify where action may be needed.
Our hybrid and home-working policy
We’ve developed our How We Work – Hybrid and Homeworking policy with support of the Nationwide Group Staff Union (NGSU). The policy outlines the framework to guide future choices and decisions when it comes to style of working. It reinforces important considerations like inclusivity, how we work together, culture and wellbeing.
It also covers the home workstation set up option for colleagues. This includes a new Kit for Colleagues process to ensure colleagues have the right equipment.
We’ve supported our colleagues with:
- workstation set-up guidance
- click and collect service for equipment
- remote ergonomic assessments to manage potential risks
We implemented these measures to maintain the same level of care for posture and setup a colleague would have in a Nationwide office. This is to help mitigate risk of developing conditions like Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and muscular skeletal problems.
Health and safety training
We conduct mandatory Health and Safety and Fire Safety online learning for all colleagues in administration buildings and branches. This learning covers home and hybrid working to ensure colleagues consider new hazards. In April 2022, we launched the annual Fire Safety online learning, this incorporates our new ways of working and the impact it can have on emergency evacuation. Both online learning modules have a completion rate of around 95%. Alongside the modules, we have a health and safety section on our intranet with support, guidelines and links to our policies.
We've updated our health and safety risk assessments to reflect common hazards associated with hybrid and home working. This allows colleagues to identify risk areas to address with their line managers.
In following the government guidance on the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, we’re returning to working environments. As we continue to reduce the spread of respiratory infections, including Covid-19, our risk assessments, practices, support and guidance continue to be updated to reflect transmission as a hazard that can occur and should be managed in the same way as other workplace hazards.
We publish our risk assessments and related criteria on our intranet. Assessments are conducted for branches and administration centres.
Our external health and safety consultants conduct our audit, every 5 years, on how we manage health and safety, under the managing for health and safety (HSG65) standards. The findings are submitted to our health and safety committee.
It is important that we have measures in place to ensure our third parties operate to an expected level of health and safety. This year, our focus was on our IT suppliers that operate on our premises. Where appropriate, we take action to work with our suppliers to help to close any gaps.
Health and safety is a key focus for the Nationwide Leadership Team (NLT). Our health and safety is governed by the health and safety committee which includes representation from the Nationwide Group Staff Union (Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977). The group is responsible for maintaining a full view and ensuring we stay compliant.
The wellbeing of our colleagues
We protect and support our colleague’s mental health and wellbeing. We have a range of tools and support in place to look after their social, mental, physical and financial wellbeing.
To check our progress we’ve introduced wellbeing measures that are reported to our leadership team and board, these are part of our Annual Report and Accounts 2022. In doing so, we’ve been able to drive action where it is needed most and continue to consider wellbeing into our process and services.
Last updated May 2022