Today (Wednesday 28 April) is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work – an annual campaign promoting safe and healthy workplaces, which the Norse Group is proud to support.

Over the last year, the Covid-19 pandemic has led governments, employers, employees and the general population to face unprecedented challenges in relation to the virus and the many effects it has had on the world of work.

Of course, the virus isn’t the only health and safety risk that people face at work, and it’s a sobering reminder that globally, around 317 million workplace accidents occur each year – including over 2.3 million fatalities due to occupational accidents and work-related diseases.

From the risk of transmission of Covid-19 in workplaces, to occupational health and safety risks – it remains as important as ever for us all to take care and follow appropriate procedures to keep everyone safe.

The Norse Group continues to see incidents and accidents reported, demonstrating a good level of positive health and safety culture across the Group, which we maintain by good communication and engagement with all our colleagues.

At all levels across the Norse Group, we take health and safety very seriously, with our Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality (SHEQ) Team also providing key guidance and support to colleagues.

Group SHEQ Director, Jamie McDonald, said: “Since the onset of the pandemic, and the establishment of the Incident Management Team to coordinate and control our collective response to it, we have all had to adjust to new ways of working and I would like to thank everyone for their continued adherence to the social distancing measures we have implemented in the workplace.

“The Norse Group has hosted ten Covid-19 site inspections by the Health and Safety Executive, and all have passed with good results, demonstrating that the safe processes and procedures we have implemented work.

“As a Group, we are committed to ensuring the safety, health and wellbeing of all of our employees and those affected by our services at all times.

“It’s important to also remember that we all have a role to play in promoting and supporting safe and healthy working environments, and by continuing to work together we can all help to ensure that everyone goes home safely at the end of the day.”