Health, Safety, Environmental & Quality
Health & Safety
We are committed to a policy of effectively managing all aspects of health, safety and welfare. Therefore, we prepare, set up and manage our projects prioritising the safety of our site staff, subcontractors and the general public.
Our OHSAS 18001 health and safety management system sets out the minimum standards to be followed by employees and subcontractors on site. While this system sets out the processes to be followed to minimize risk, the HSE Manager, supported by a team of 7 EHS Advisors, works with the Company’s Safety Leadership Team (SLT) to define and implement company-wide initiatives that are included in our annual Health and Safety action plan.
‘Time to Engage’ is our behavioural safety programme that equips all employees and subcontractor personnel with psychology-based tools to create a truly safe culture. Our Time to Engage Coaches promote and monitor use of a bespoke behavioural safety tool kit on our projects, supported by the Safety Leadership Team.
At the macro level our approach to environmental management is cognizant of climate change, waste, water and biodiversity. Overall targets are then cascaded through the business for site and office level delivery. In conjunction with this, environmental impacts specific to the design and construction of our projects are identified and managed through our ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.
Our Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) is monitored by the project team on a daily basis and supported through regular audits by our EHS management team and external consultants.
Before and during construction we maximise opportunities for environmental and sustainable enhancements to help clients meet their carbon objectives. Also, our Environmental Purchasing Policy is incorporated into subcontract documentation to encourage the principles of responsible sourcing and minimise any environmental impact. Finally, we have extensive experience in managing those construction projects that target environmental sustainability certification such as BREEAM and LEED, having delivered the first projects in Ireland to be certified BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum.
Walls is dedicated to achieving the highest possible level of client satisfaction in everything we do. Our ISO 9001 Quality management System (QMS) has been in place for many years now and together with our experienced management teams it provides many of the tools necessary to deliver a quality product every time. This has helped us to maintain long term relationships with many clients who, like us, recognise the value of working together to identify the best solutions and embracing best practice while being open to innovation and project delivery in true partnership.
Certificates & Policies
Gerry holds a BSc in Environmental Science and an MSc in Health and Safety. He has over 15 years’ experience in the EHS field, the majority of which have been in management roles. He has experience across a wide variety of sectors ranging from construction, heavy civils, pharmaceutical, utilities and industrial, some of which was for multinational companies both in Ireland and the UK.
Gerry joined Walls Construction in 2013 where he heads up a team of 7 experienced EHS Professionals. Gerry’s main aim is to achieve zero accidents and injuries within Walls Construction projects and this is implemented through driving continuous improvement in health and safety systems, continually increasing the focus on EHS related issues, focusing on changing work behaviours, working with the supply chain to ensure EHS get the highest priority, and delivering on the strong EHS reputation that Walls Construction have on our projects.