Safety at the heart of every project
Work started on the design for the extension in January 2021. Health and safety is integral to all construction projects and AstraZeneca has a thorough safety risk management process in place.
A detailed risk register is drawn up and kept continually updated throughout the project. Typical risk elements include working with live services; excavation; asbestos; confined space; working at height; etc.
Joining Discovering Safety
As part of its commitment to Health and Safety and continuous improvement, and as a sponsoring member of the Construction Clients’ Leadership Group, AstraZeneca became involved in the Discovering Safety programme in late 2019.
The programme is run by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and supported by the Health and Safety Executive, which aims to improve safety by using data more efficiently. One element of the programme is to create a detailed risk and risk treatment library; to compile a comprehensive database of risks and treatments for construction projects with a view to improving construction risk management and safety throughout the industry.
Safer processes help to save time and money
AstraZeneca is running Discovering Safety in tandem with its established protocols to determine what additional benefits the new processes can offer. To test the new processes and software, the team imported the usual risks and hazards into the 3D Repo SafetiBase platform and looked at them in more detail. They then worked through them together to check they hadn’t left anything out.
Project manager Philip Shaw explains,
“When carrying out our construction risk analysis there were some issues that we found much earlier with the help of SafetiBase. We would have picked them up later, but this would have cost us time and money. To date we have identified 40 risks on this project which would not be obvious to the people doing the work. Working on the Discovering Safety programme has been a great opportunity to re-examine the way we approach construction risk management and mitigation.”
“SafetiBase has not only provided value from a health and safety perspective. We have also been able to accelerate the programme which has saved time. As a result, we have put in place a quality process that demonstrates good value for money.”
Safety risk assessments brought to life with help of 3D model
In particular, as the use of SafetiBase included developing a 3D model of the building, a number of changes to the building’s design were made early on.
“With SafetiBase, we have a much fuller view of the finished design. In particular, people who are not accustomed to reading 2D drawings have found the 3D model very useful.
“For example, with the help of the 3D model, our client immediately spotted that the storage racking was too high. It was only by looking at the designs in 3D that our client was able to see this so early on,” says David Ayres.
The extension involves creating five separate chambers that will store the samples which will be maintained at different temperatures. In the original plans, the plant for climate control was designed to be located at roof level. However, with the help of the 3D model, the team saw that this was going to cause a number of potential risks around working at height.
Philip says, “It encouraged us to question whether we needed to put the plant on the roof. The answer was no and instead we installed it on the ground floor. Without SafetiBase, we would have found out much later on in the process which would have cost time and money. Our duty is to find the best way, and the safest way to do something.”