Health and Safety

We're Safer Together – Zero Harm

At the heart of our work is an absolute commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our people. Following the introduction of our ‘We’re Safer Together’ Zero Harm programme in 2016, SES now has an industry-leading health and safety performance. This programme challenges employees, supply chain and clients to embrace a true Zero Harm culture.

Safety is, and always will be, our number one priority; the safety and welfare of our people can never be taken for granted.

Our future success in growing our business relies on delivering quality projects, on time, on budget and above all, safely.

Everyone, regardless of job role, has an important part to play in executing our Zero Harm strategy; and we all have a responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of our colleagues, our site operatives, and of the people within the communities in which we work.



SES is proud to stand out from the crowd and its well-known approach to health and safety is already a benefit to not only its employees, but the industry in general.

By working together, looking out for one another and having the confidence to challenge unsafe behaviours and conditions, acting when we feel something doesn’t look or feel safe, we will achieve Zero Harm.

In 2003, SES became the first Building Services Company to achieve OHSAS 18001:1999 registration from the British Standards Institute. This was followed in 2005 by achieving ISO 14001:2004 accreditation. The Company is now accredited to the revised OHSAS 18001:2007, now accredited by B M Trada.

In February 2019, for the 23rd consecutive year SES was awarded the British Safety Council’s International Safety Award with a Merit in recognition of our commitment to keeping our workers and workplaces healthy and safe and in 2017, SES won the Best Health & Safety Initiative Award at the ECA Awards for our outstanding health and safety record and campaign around We’re Safer Together – Zero Harm.


As a responsible business, we are committed to ensuring a more sustainable world by having a positive impact on the environment through what we do. Our bold commitments to 2020 will ensure we lead and rethink how we do business to achieve this aim. We are committed to:

  • Building sustainability knowledge and competency across our supply chain
  • Carbon neutrality and working to shape the industry on energy efficient standards
  • Ensuring through everything we do, we are a good neighbour to those around us
  • Procuring materials which meet the industry’s responsible sourcing standards
  • Protecting and enhancing the biodiversity on our projects
  • Reducing waste produced on our sites through seeking new and innovative ways of working.


The launch of the World Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030 and the Climate Change Summit in 2015, have given a renewed focus on how businesses can work together to tackle some of the global, national and local challenges which exist.

SES’ social and environmental sustainability programmes continues to demonstrate our commitment to creating safer, better places for people and communities to thrive.

We focus on the issues important to our business, customers, supply chain and wider stakeholders:

  • ensuring everyone’s health and safety
  • having a positive impact on the environment
  • investing in the local communities where we work
  • promoting a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and
  • delivering efficient and sustainable buildings for the future


As part of SES’ commitment to the continuing development and improvement of our business and engagement with the full range of sustainability issues, environmental, social and economic, we have become a member of the Supply Chain Sustainability School and currently hold a Gold membership.


The Health and Wellbeing of our people is extremely important to us. We are committed to keeping people healthy, motivated and engaged at work. We truly believe that a healthy workplace has a positive impact on the personal wellbeing of our people, their safety and their productivity. We aim to ensure that no one suffers any harm to their health whilst at work.

Our primary focus is on:

  • Keeping our people healthy and monitoring them to ensure any health conditions that they already have are not made worse by their work. Where people are absent from work, we will help them return in a safe and timely manner, and if able to remain in work by managing any individual health issues
  • Preventing ill health and disease by making our workplace and work activities healthier. People should not be exposed to any substances or tasks during their working day that could affect their health. Our processes focus on removing such risks
  • Promoting improvements and lifestyle changes that support people both physically and mentally at work and at home. We provide our people with access to a range of benefits to support them and help them to maintain a happy and balanced work life.


As well as focusing on occupational health and safety, the Group has pledged to support Time to Change – a major campaign to raise awareness of mental health and remove the stigma about talking about mental health issues. Research has shown that 16 million people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, and stress is a key factor in this. It is a serious issue with cases of mental health within the construction industry rising at an alarming rate, particularly among men.

In line with this pledge we have created resources to help our people find out more, investing in Mental Health First Aiders to support our employees in total confidence, as well as providing an Employee Assistance Programme, a dedicated and confidential e-mail address, phone number and regular communications encouraging people to come forward and talk if they feel the need.

In 2018, we invited the If U Care Share Foundation to deliver a very personal talk on Mental Health to our employees which provided an insight into the warning signs of depression and potential mental health issues.