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Environment, Health and Safety

The health and safety of our employees, the local community and the environment is Springfields’ number one priority.

We have stringent EH&S policies to ensure that this remains so and we are also regulated by strict authorisations from our regulators.
Environmental Policy
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Safety

What does safety mean to Springfields?

The health and safety of our employees, contractors and the general public is paramount. Our primary goal is that no harm should result from our activities. In this respect, we hope to be respected and trusted by our employees, the public and our stakeholders. Working towards this, we strive to:
  • Eliminate injuries at work
  • Prevent incidents but maintain effective emergency arrangements 
  • Achieve and sustain an excellent safety culture 
  • Learn the lessons from events, implement corrective actions and seek out and use good practices wherever we may find them 
  • Ensure that our activities, products and services are in compliance with applicable legislation and meet the requirements of good practice and applicable standards of EH&S performance.
In short, safety is our number one priority. It is an integral part of everything we do. 

Behavioural Safety

Springfields has developed a Behavioural Safety process in pursuit of excellence.

Behavioural Safety is…….
....a  proactive approach which gives individuals the opportunity to share feedback on performance with their peers, encourages involvement, improves self-awareness and heightens risk perception, all within a fair and just culture. It provides an early warning of accidents and incidents, allowing the measurement of safe (positive) and unsafe (negative) behaviour in the workplace.

Although originally launched within the context of health and safety, the underlying principles are now being applied to environment, quality and wider operational excellence.

Why Behavioural Safety?
A key process in our journey to excellence is the promotion of safe (positive) behaviours to reduce accidents and incidents, using coaching & communication skills. This empowers and encourages employees to improve. Employees often have the best solution if we take time to listen. Our aim is to instil a questioning attitude and personal responsibility for EHS&Q.

National awards by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

  • 2001 – RoSPA Gold Award – Winner of Manufacturing Industry Sector
  • 2002 – RoSPA Gold Award – Highly Commended Manufacturing Industry Sector 
  • 2003 – RoSPA Gold Award – Commended Manufacturing Industry Sector 
  • 2004 – RoSPA Gold Award – Commended Manufacturing  Industry Sector 
  • 2005 - RoSPA Gold Award - Highly Commended Manufacturing Industry Sector
  • 2006 - RoSPA Gold Award - Highly Commended Manufacturing Industry Sector 
  • 2007 - RoSPA Gold Award - Highly Commended Manufacturing  Industry Sector 
  • 2008 - RoSPA Gold Award - Winner of Manufacturing  Industry Sector 
  • 2009 - RoSPA Gold Award - Commended Manufacturing  Industry Sector 
  • 2010 - RoSPA Gold Award - Highly Commended Manufacturing  Industry Sector 
  • 2011 - RoSPA Gold Award - Winner of Manufacturing Industry Sector 
  • 2012 – RoSPA Gold Award – Winner of Manufacturing Industry Sector
  • 2013 – RoSPA President’s Award
  • 2014 - RoSPA Gold Award - Commended Manufacturing  Industry Sector
  • 2015 - RoSPA President’s Award

Health

Springfields recognises the importance of maintaining a fit and healthy workforce. We strive to: 
  • Eliminate ill-health at work and minimise radiation doses 
  • Learn the lessons from events, implement corrective actions and seek out and use good practices wherever we may find them 
  • Ensure that our activities, products and services are in compliance with applicable legislation and meet the requirements of good practice and applicable standards of EH&S performance. 

Environment

Springfields’ latest environmental report can be viewed on the Toshiba website.

Our primary goal is to protect people and the environment. We seek the widest possible approval of how we manage our environmental responsibilities. We recognise the concerns that some people have with our activities and we aim to address these and reassure on our commitment to the protection of the environment. 

To continually improve global performance we will:
  • Eliminate accidents and incidents. 
  • Minimise waste and the use of natural resources. 
  • Ensure that all wastes are managed safely and with care for the environment. 
  • Share and use best practice. 
  • Meet or exceed current standards of environment, health and safety performance. 
Springfields was the first nuclear site in the UK to put a Biodiversity Policy & Action Plan (BAP) in place. The Springfields BAP supports the 'EHS&Q Excellence' strategic objective and the requirement for continual improvement under ISO9001/14001. The current BAP is attached for reference.
Biodiversity Action Plan 07

Regulators

All site operations at Springfields work within a strictly regulated framework which defines the legally binding safety, security and environmental requirements. The site's main regulators are:

Office for Nuclear Regulation - authorises operations through the Nuclear Site Licence & enforces this through inspection and regular reviews.

Environment Agency - Authorises solid, liquid, and aerial discharges to the environment under a framework of licences

Office for Nuclear Regulation for Civil Nuclear Security (ONR_CNS) - Advises on, and regulates, security issues

Office for Nuclear Regulation - Radioactive Materials Transport (ONR-RMT) - authorises licences for transport of materials

European Commission's Directorate General for Transport and Energy and the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - prevent nuclear proliferation

Springfields is also a top tier COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) site, which is regulated by the "joint competent authority" of Health & Safety Executive - Hazardous Installation Directorate, (HSE-HID) and the Environment Agency.

The Nuclear Sector Plan

The Nuclear Sector Plan’s Environmental Performance Report is jointly prepared by the Environment Agency and the Nuclear Industry sites in England and Wales, and gives information on environmental performance for the industry as a whole. 

The latest plan is available at: 
 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nuclear-industry-environmental-performance-reports