crop-SwansSpencer adopts rigid health & safety and environmental policies, minimising the risk to personnel and the effect of its ecological footprint. Consequently, it uses sustainable resources wherever possible. Spencer’s systems ensure work is carried out in a clean and tidy manner, with all waste and by-products removed from site for recycling.

Health & Safety

At Spencer, we have an on-going commitment to improve and develop our policies for health and safety at work. This applies throughout our organisation, embracing all of our staff and the operations they perform.

Through our carefully considered practices and procedures, it is our aim to work safely in all we do, complying and surpassing the requirements of our industry’s legislations. We also aim to demonstrate this ethic to our customers, suppliers, sub-contractors and anyone else who may be affected by our work.

Our commitment to health and safety includes our company’s accreditation to ISO working standards and compliance to HSE guidelines, which underlines our vision that effective Health and Safety actively contributes to our company’s success.

All of our staff are adequately instructed and trained for the jobs they do and the health and safety requirements, which affect the way they work. They are empowered to raise issues and concerns with senior management, who will assess the risk surrounding the operation and implement procedures as required.

Senior managers also demonstrate leadership in health and safety to ensure that any hazards are identified and managed and all our people are informed of the health and safety risks that affect their work. They will take action to prevent, reduce or control risks to an acceptable level.

All accidents, incidents and near misses will be investigated. Any lessons learnt from such events will be used to take corrective action to prevent future recurrences. We will actively review practices and procedures with the sole intention of improving health and safety at work and reducing the occupational risks as much as possible.

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The Environment

Care and management of the environment is what Spencer does. Therefore, it sees its policy for minimising its ecological impact as a significant and important part of its business ethic.

Throughout the company there is a commitment to work in the most sustainable way possible, a philosophy that exists from senior management to the staff working on site and extends to its sub-contractors and suppliers. The company sees this as a key factor in how its clients and the public perceive its work and the efficiency of its operational methods.

Working continuously with the management of land, trees and vegetation, Spencer will recycle waste materials and by-products whenever possible. This includes the production of biomass from trees and brash and the crushing of screening of hard-waste, such as stone, concrete and asphalt.

Spencer places great importance on the correct disposal of waste materials and will go to extensive measures to ensure that this operation is carried out correctly and in accordance with local and national legislation and government guidelines.

To help reduce its carbon footprint, Spencer continuously reviews its practices and procedures to seek ways of performing its work in ways, which have less short and term effects on the environment. It also invests heavily in new plant and equipment to further increase its operational efficiency and reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Often working in areas of special scientific or historical interest, Spencer is passionate about the preservation of wildlife. The protection of animals and endangered species is all part of its regular work and because of this, the company not only implements systems and facilities to control and manage wildlife, but is also asked to consult and advise on this sensitive and emotive subject – a reputation for which it is proud.

The company is certified to ISO 14001: 2004 and ISO 9001: 2008 and it is familiar with the requirements of working in protected and ecologically sensitive areas, such as SSSIs, SACs and National Parks. Spencer will also deal with disposal and recycling of the materials, manage and control wildlife, the protection of endangered species and the preservation of rare plants.