A new element of the CECA Awards, the environmental award commended Black & Veatch and joint winner Hall Construction Services Ltd for going 'above and beyond' standard environmental requirements in executing best practice and innovative ways of working. Due to the high standard of entries, the judges made an exception in awarding both companies the coveted title. The judges said they were impressed with Black & Veatch's submission, which demonstrated how the company implemented, at all levels, environmental policies and procedures that had been maintained to the highest possible level.
Douglas Kell, Director and Secretary of CECA North East, said, 'I concur with the judges' comments that Black & Veatch's entry into our inaugural 2008 CECA North East Environmental Company of the Year was a very worthy winner. I extend many congratulations to the company for their maintained efforts in helping to improve our environment.'
Black & Veatch’s award submission gave examples of its projects across the north east of the UK where environmental issues have been planned, managed and mitigated against to ensure the best outcome for client, Northumbrian Water. Measures Black & Veatch undertook included revising programs of work and collaborating with organizations such as the Environment Agency to minimize the impact of projects on wildlife habitats. Showcasing the business’s adoption of best practice, Black & Veatch’s submission referred to the use of its Envirotag system, whereby inspections are recorded against a tag placed on assets, or around areas of a site that require special monitoring.
Mike Robinson, Project Centre Director for Black & Veatch’s water business in Europe, said, 'We are thrilled to receive this accolade from CECA in recognition of the systems and processes we undertake as part of our normal environmental practice. This award benchmarks Black & Veatch as a company that focuses beyond standard environmental practice in project execution.'
As an intrinsic part of the company's environmental systems and procedures, Black & Veatch has developed a tailored in-house training package designed to concentrate on the specific risks encountered within the water industry. The close working relationship between Black & Veatch's environmental team and its health and safety professionals brings the combined benefit of shared learning, together with an awareness of specific environmental risks and mitigation measures that can be managed by the business’s operatives and sub-contractors.
A further commitment to minimize the risk of injury on site is Black & Veatch's BOSS (Behaviour on Safe Sites) initiative. The BOSS initiative, rolled-out across all of the company’s UK sites earlier this year, focuses on behaviors and task-specific observations in order to eliminate unsafe acts and situations from the workplace.