Health and safety*

Providing employees with a safe and stable working environment is one of the basic principles for sustainable development in the health and safety of workers.

The company is committed to permanently updating the measures for risk prevention in the workplace and to observing the regulations that apply in this area in all places where its business activities are carried out.

The safety management systems implemented in each division include the different obligations that must be complied with in terms of employee health and safety and they are reviewed regularly to keep them in line with national and European legal requirements.  Implementation of the safety management system is an obligation for the managers of each work centre.

Ferrovial has Health and Safety Committees in all centres employing 50 or more workers, in accordance with Spanish law. 47.8% of workers are represented on these committees, i.e. over 50,000 workers.

BAA has a health and safety management structure specifically approved by the British authorities which covers and represents the company's 14,000 workers (100%).

The Committee is made up of an equal number of members of the Prevention Boards and the company. Trade union representatives and company safety officers attend committee meetings and can express their opinions but are not allowed to vote.   This Committee meets every quarter and whenever requested by one of its representatives. The Committee is responsible for the following matters, amongst others:

  • Participate in the preparation, practice and assessment of the safety plans and programmes in the company.

  • Promote initiatives concerning methods and procedures for effective risk prevention, providing the company with better conditions or correction of existing deficiencies.

Safety is everyone's responsibility. Therefore, Ferrovial requires its employees to comply "strictly" with the health and safety regulations. This means that workers have a duty to use responsibly any equipment they may have assigned when they carry out an activity involving risk, to disclose their knowledge to their colleagues and subordinates and to encourage compliance with risk protection practices. Any worker or supervisor who observes a deficiency in health and safety should report it to their superior who in turn can ask his for advice and help from the safety experts.

* Note: The information about safety measures concerning terrorism risks are in the chapter on Products and Services. The damage produced by these acts is not considered an occupational risk.