A labour supply specialist has announced the launch of a hard hat sticker scheme that aims to encourage construction workers to talk about diversity and mental health.
A press release states that the Fortel Group has joined forces with the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS) to launch the campaign, where workers completing courses including the SCSS’ Fairness, Inclusion and Respect (FIR) ambassador programme, Mental Health First Aid training or Fortel Group’s own LGBTQ+ Ally training can wear hard hat stickers advertising the fact.
According to Fortel, the stickers will ‘highlight their expertise, as well as raising awareness on site as to who can be confidently and confidentially approached for conversations on these issues.’
Amar Sandhawalia, Fortel Group Chief Operating Officer, said: “The construction industry is making great strides towards creating a more diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds.
“When someone goes out of their way to learn more about what they can do to help others feel comfortable in the workplace, we want them to be proud of that and encourage others to do the same.”
Ian Heptonstall, Director at the Supply Chain Sustainability School, said: “This is a great initiative that encourages open conversations and will help nurture a more inclusive and respectful workplace culture.”
Concrete specialist Kelly Formwork has also started using hard hat stickers to highlight workers’ qualifications.
The compony’s operatives working on HS2 all have QR codes on their hard hats, which can be easily scanned with a smartphone to confirm training in areas such as first aid and mental health.
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