Ferrovial - Annual Report 2012

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Health and safety

Certified management systems and legal audits

Ferrovial has health and safety management systems in place in all business areas, allowing risks specific to each business to be closely controlled. These systems comply with all legal requirements and are subject to regular audits.

Services

Cespa, part of the services division, has renewed its OHSAS 18001:2007 certification, and added two new companies: Cespa Servicios Urbanos de Murcia and Inagra. The audit highlighted the incorporation of occupational safety systems, the hard work of all employees involved in the management system and the professional quality of the health and safety team.

By maintaining and extending the scope of OHSAS certification, Cespa has not only met all legal health and safety requirements; it has also been able to improve its working procedures and integrate health and safety across all operations.

The Cespa occupational health and safety management system is organized, structured and managed pursuant to OHSAS 18001:2007 safety standards, as detailed in the Occupational Safety Manual. The manual describes all general occupational safety procedures (GOSP), which can be revised and extended in response to any new requirements or changes to legislation, business policies, etc.

Both Ferroser and Amey have updated their OHSAS 18001:2007 certificates. Ferroser has been certified by an independent OHSAS auditor as the best rated company in its peer group. The company's health and safety management system covers all Ferroser business areas and details the procedures, practices and policies required to manage health and safety throughout the organization.

Ferroser has an occupational health and safety database and documentation on all risks and their prevention. It is consistently updated over the year to keep up with any changes in the business. Any "near misses" are recorded and included in the system procedures, pursuant to the OHSAS 18001 standard.

Amey has a safety management system (SMS) in place, which can be accessed by all employees via the Intranet. The SMS details occupational risk processes, procedures and support mechanisms.

The first stage of the system evaluates occupational risks for all operations before projects get underway, and establishes the most appropriate preventative measures.

A record is kept of these generic risk evaluations. Each place of work makes use of these evaluations and adds any safety measures necessary to meet local risk requirements. Risk evaluations are revised each year and whenever an accident occurs that leads to lost days.

All Amey accidents and incidents are recorded via an online data center known as Airsweb. They are assessed and categorized, keeping all data fully up to date for management use. All accidents leading to lost days are investigated, including safety measures employed, until the case is closed. Risks are also supervised by a team of health and safety officers, who conduct regular inspections and audits.

Toll Roads

The occupational safety management system for toll roads includes risk assessment reviews every two years, provided that both the work center and job positions are not subject to change over the period. However, if employee health is seen to be impaired, or in the event that any routine checks indicate that safety measures are inadequate or insufficient, or if there are significant changes to job positions or conditions at the work center, the assessment shall be updated as and when the changes occur. The consolidated group occupational safety data is used at corporate level as a managerial and decision-making tool, via the annual "Managerial Review report. An occupational safety database containing information and documentation on all occupational risks and their corresponding safety measures is available and updated annually at least. Cintra has an incident investigation procedure in place, which includes "near misses".

Construction

In Spain, Ferrovial Agroman successfully passed the annual independent review of its OHSAS 18.001:2007 certification, which it was awarded in 2008. The certification applies to all work centers, including the mobile and temporary sites of Ferrovial Agroman's Safety Service.

In Ireland and the UK, the company also passed the first audit review of the OHSAS certification that it was granted in 2011 for Ferrovial Agroman UK and Ferrovial Agroman Ireland.

The goals of the OHSAS audit reviews were:

  • To confirm that the management system meets applicable standards in the countries where it is applied.
  • To confirm that the safety standard adopted is effective.
  • To confirm that the management system is capable of complying with the organization's targets and policies, country requirements and the individual demands of clients.

Ferrovial Agroman Australia designed, established and certified its Health and Safety Management System according to the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard in July.

The construction business has established an International Internal Audit Procedure that is applicable to all the countries where it operates. The main objective is to supervise the health and safety standards established by the company and provide technical support to each type of project. Audits are performed by certified technical auditors, who issue reports to the company's management. An online application is available for inputting the audit data, filing documentary evidence and generating reports.

Airports and Corporation

Corporate and Ferrovial Airports have been subject to and successfully passed mandatory audits on Occupational Safety Systems, as required by Royal Decree 39/1997 of January 17. The management system includes the following procedures: health and safety policies, risk assessments, preventative planning, safety plans, investigation of health impairment, health monitoring, annual reporting, etc. The system is audited and verified for suitability by a certified independent auditor every four years.

 

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This is an electronic version of the 2012 Annual Report prepared by Ferrovial, S.A. for its stakeholders, which aims to be complete and accurate. The contents of this version can be checked by referring to the print version. A copy of the print version in PDF format is available to download on this web page