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Quest Interiors joins Safety Health Environment Leadership Team (SHELT)

Quest Interiors is pleased to announce that they have been accepted on to the Imperial College London’s prestigious ‘Safety Health Environment Leadership Team’ (SHELT).

The role of SHELT is to provide a forum for College Estates and contractors on the Approved Contractors List, where improvements in safety culture can be discussed and best practice construction standards identified and mutually agreed.

Quest Interiors has been working with Imperial College London (ICL) since 2008 and has delivered successful projects for both the Estates Projects and Estates Facilities Divisions, in the price range £100,000 to £1m.

ICL launched the SHELT campaign in January to improve safety culture throughout its construction sites. The Safety Health Environment Leadership Team was established with the aim of involving all organisations currently included on the Estates Projects approved list, but that would also include other organisations, such as Laing O Rourke (LOR) who were not on the approved list, but who are already undertaking large scale projects for ICL. Other UK major contractors represented at SHELT include Balfour Beatty, Bouygues UK, Skanska and Morgan Sindall.

Construction Safety Manager of ICL; Denis Murphy said:

“We are extremely pleased to have Quest Interiors on board to join this prestigious team working with us to develop the SHELT scheme and to deliver projects with the highest standards of safety, health and environment at the forefront.”

The monthly SHELT meetings provide a forum to discuss and agree standards that should be implemented in a practical way, by all contractors on the approved list. Standards of safety that go beyond compliance and include issues such as working at height, PPE and hot works.

Occupational health issues are starting to dominate the construction safety landscape, as both the Government and the HSE recognise the unacceptable high levels of harm being inflicted daily on construction workers, by excessive and uncontrolled exposure to noise, dust, vibration and manual handling tasks on construction sites. SHELT will review these activities and set high standards for reducing risks to individuals on site.

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