Health & safety
Protection of our people, our environment and assets is central to our business and a key to our success. It is Fosters policy that each of our employees shall be provided with a safe and healthy place to work. We will make every reasonably practicable effort in the area of injury and incident prevention, hazard identification and control, workplace training, health monitoring and will conduct our operations with minimal impact on the environment. Our mission is to build superior HSE systems and relationships which will engage all employees, along with the community and other stakeholders to maintain a proactive HSE culture within the Foster Group of companies.
Fosters first priority is our people, we support work safe practices as part of our culture – not because we have to but because we actually want to. We align our business with organisations and other businesses that look at the overall wellbeing of the greater community.
Health, safety and the environment plans are produced and implemented for each of our projects, and the Fosters Health, Safety and Environment Policy is aimed at building a sustainable future for everyone.
Fosters is a member of the NZGBC (New Zealand Green Building Council), and a number of the projects we work on apply the Green Building principles. This affects the selection of materials, design of services (plumbing, mechanical and electrical), and construction waste including diverting from landfill, and the management of the building once it is being used.
Fosters waste management policy is set up around ensuring the Green Building principles are met. In doing this, the Foster team has saved 1,000’s of tonnes of construction waste from going to landfill. What seems like a small thing on a project by project basis actually adds up to a big difference. This is part of being a responsible corporate citizen.
Sustainable Building – Green Star Certified
Sustainable buildings are more economic to run over their whole lifetime. They reduce waste and are much more efficient in their use of key resources such as land, energy, water and materials. Sustainable buildings can also be healthier and more comfortable, and support greater productivity, with improved levels of natural light, cleaner air and a higher degree of personal control. They are also adaptable and durable enough to meet the requirements for flexibility and needs of future generations of building occupiers.
Significant rises in energy costs and, to a lesser extent, water costs continue to make sustainable buildings increasingly attractive. This situation will continue, with additional user charges such as carbon taxes, making new generation sustainable buildings even more attractive.
At Fosters we have focused our sustainability efforts primarily on waste reduction and recycling in accordance with the ‘Green Star Certified’ status from the New Zealand Green Building Council.
Foster Construction were the proud winners of the “Emerging Large and Corporate Business Award” for the 2009 Regional Sustainable Business Network Awards.
In winning the SBN award, the judges noted “Outstanding performance in this difficult industry in actively working to incorporate sustainability as a normal process. Fosters have shown a high level of commitment to staff and building relationships.
Environmental, Health, Safety & Regulatory Manager
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