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Safety, health, environment and wellbeing (SHEW) strategy

This corporate strategy outlines CITB's commitment to the prevention of injury, support and the protection of the environment.

Version 2.0 Issued January 2020

For details on how we carry out this strategy, read the health, safety, environment and wellbeing operational policy.

CITB is committed to providing safe and healthy working conditions for the prevention of work related injury and ill health and to provide helpful and targeted support where issues do arise relevant to the context of the organisation. CITB is committed to protect the environment including prevention of pollution relevant to the context of the organisation.

CITB will comply with all applicable Health, Safety and Environmental legislation, relevant standards, regulations and customer requirements.

CITB is committed to eliminate hazards and reducing occupational health and safety risks.

CITB is committed to the continuous improvement of its Safety, Health, Environment and Wellbeing (SHEW) Management System.

CITB is committed to consultation and participation of workers and workers representatives.

The management of SHEW is integral to, and equal with, any other business function. This enables the organisation to meet its objective of managing and conducting its work activities in such a way as to protect the environment and ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health, and wellbeing at work of all its employees and others who may be affected by its business activities.

CITB will align to the United Nations SDG 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing and SDG 13 – Climate action, as documented within CITB’s Sustainability Strategy.

The objectives, within three themes, are:

Health and safety

  • No harm or ill health to all CITB employees
  • No harm or ill health to learners and visitors on our sites and premises.
  • Provision of a safe and healthy working environment that creates an excellent Health and Safety Culture and promotes the reporting of all incidents and near misses.


  • A holistic approach to ensuring good health and wellbeing provision to all employees to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing and work life balance.
  • Health and wellbeing policies implemented to improve employees’ health and wellbeing.
  • A programme of health and wellbeing activities and interventions to support all employees and to achieve a reduction in sickness absence rates.

The environment

  • A programme to reduce our carbon footprint
  • Ensure our supply chain meets our organisations environmental commitments

The detailed arrangements for achieving the strategy are set out in the body of the operational health, safety, wellbeing and environment policy.

CITB is committed to upholding and continuously improving the SHEW offering as outlined in this statement, and to meeting or exceeding legislative requirements and associated codes of practice. Sufficient authority and resources, both financial and otherwise, will be made available to enable employees to carry out their responsibilities so far as reasonably practicable.

All colleagues shall adhere to the SHEW policy, co-operate with management, and in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, to ensure their own safety and the safety of those affected by their activities. This includes not intentionally or recklessly interfering with or misusing anything provided for their health or safety.

CITB commits to review and/or revise the SHEW Strategy and Operational policy annually, or at times of significant change.

This strategy was reviewed, approved and scheduled by Sarah Beale, Chief Executive Officer, CITB, January 2020.