There is a growing realisation that people’s health and wellbeing is a fundamental indicator of business and societal success.
At HS2 Ltd, safety is one of our core values; it is about caring for our workforce, our passengers and the public, by creating an environment where no one gets hurt.
We believe that health should be viewed like safety and have committed to driving the visibility and conversations around health to make sure that health, like safety, is front of mind in the decision that we make. So the ethos of the Great Britain Health & Wellbeing Week resonates strongly with our own philosophy and the initiative has our full support.
At HS2 Ltd we have a unique opportunity to develop, by design, a modern railway that eliminates risks to the health of our workforce, the traveling public and anyone likely to come into contact with our operations. This is immensely exciting, but requires unwavering focus and commitment on the part of everyone involved in the project. I have every confidence that we will succeed, though, in creating a new legacy for health on a major project.
To achieve this we are focusing on three main areas:
Ill health prevention - limiting the impact of work on people’s health
Clinical health intervention - limiting the impact of a person’s health on their work
Health promotion - the use of the workplace environment to promote healthy behaviours
In supporting the Great Britain Health & Wellbeing Week, I am calling on my executive and senior leadership team to step up and take a series of challenges that will demonstrate our commitment to and visible leadership in health, and we are running a week-long awareness and activity campaign across the organisation.
This is our opportunity to show that health truly does sit in its rightful place, in the forefront of our minds.