The NMC Construction Group committed to excellence in SHEQ Management
The effective implementation of safety, health, environmental and quality (SHEQ) best practices is a strategic priority to the NMC Construction Group. Compliance to SHEQ standards are a minimum goal for the group, with all employees striving towards a culture of no harm. This culture is supported by the group’s values of trust, discipline, people growth and pride.
SHEQ has always played a strategic role in the group’s business operations, as such NMC has formalised its commitment with ISO Certification in the following standards; ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. These management systems add immense value to daily operations, particularly in terms of the health and safety of people within the business, the environment we operate in and the quality of products delivered.
“All employees are trained to uphold the highest safety, health, environmental and quality standards. Management is consistent in driving the importance of SHEQ through various platforms with the 10 non-negotiables of safety and the No Harm risk management initiative at the core of our SHEQ management systems. In addition, the Corrective Action and Improvement Request System (CAIRS) for non-conformances and the Safe UnSafe Act (SUSA) protocols provide added support – encouraging continuous improvement. Weekly communication sessions called ‘Toolbox Talks’ are used to further entrench the culture to all levels of the workforce.” Rowland Adams, Group SHEQ Manager.
Embedded in the NMC philosophy of building trust is the belief that success lies with our people, and as such our SHEQ strategy incorporates the wellness of our people ensuring that we have a happy and highly productive team.
The successful implementation of the protocols and systems mentioned, resulted in two NMC projects being awarded in the 2016 Master Builders Association National Safety Competition (MBSA). Based in the V&A Waterfront the Silo 6 Radisson Red Hotel won first place in Category G (projects valued R150 – R300 million) and V&A Waterway House were the runners-up in Category H (projects valued R300 – R500 million).
Recognition from the MBSA underscores the continued commitment from the company and its employees to health and safety. Regular internal and external safety audits are conducted to ensure compliance and consistency in safety standards. The accolades obtained in the MBSA safety awards were a product of the success of these audits, displaying the project team’s ability to maintain the highest safety standards.
The NMC Construction Group is proud to be associated with the Silo 6 and Waterway House projects as they are both Green Star rated buildings. There are a number of elements that need to meet Green Star requirements in order for a project to achieve its rating.
On the Silo 6 project these include but are not limited to, the use of timber from sustainable sources and the diversion of waste from landfill. To date the Silo 6 team has achieved 100% use of timber from sustainable sources. They have also been extremely efficient in managing waste exceeding the minimum requirement for diversion of waste by 15%.