HS2 adopts digital health and safety passport

HS2 will introduce a digital health and safety ‘passport’ that will be used by all main works civils contractors on the project to share health and safety information.

Midlands-based company Biosite is working with HS2 to develop the ‘Health and Safety Passport System’ (HSPS).

Biosite will link biometric data directly to operative information and site access for real-time visibility and traceability. Operatives will be required to complete a central online pre-induction before undertaking a local site induction and provide biometric information to generate their global identification or digital ‘passport’. 

HS2 claimed it would be the first time that workforce data will be available to view across a major project via a consolidated platform. The data collated can also be anonymised and provide a learning legacy for future major projects.

HS2 said the new system would allow it to establish a central database of critical workforce information across its supply chain, with many contractors and their staff working across multiple sites and multiple projects on the high-speed rail scheme.

The new system aims to ensure that only operatives with the correct credentials and skills are permitted access to site. It will also allow HS2 to track workforce data around areas such as competency mapping, health and safety assessments and fatigue management across the whole project. 

Where supplier companies and operatives are working across multiple locations, the new system will flag fatigue risks across the project, HS2 said. The software will also de-duplicate worker profiles to establish a single record for each operative, including as they potentially move between contractors working on the project. 

The HS2 HSPS initiative is scheduled to go live in spring 2021 with HS2’s main works civils contractors working on Phase One. It will then be rolled out across the project including to the station construction partner contractors.

Li Wang, managing director at Biosite Systems, said: “We were able to use our experience working across HS2 projects to-date to recommend a software solution that will bring together silos of data from JV projects in a central, cloud-based portal through a combination of online induction, biometric data capture through various access control points at site level, and business intelligence software. The solution will focus on ensuring data integrity and synchronicity at every point, to ensure the team at HS2 have access to accurate data that will deliver valuable insight and help support project safety, efficiency and compliance.”

Emma Head, HS2 safety and assurance director, said: “Health and safety is at the heart of everything we do. We aim to lead by innovation at HS2 and the new Health and Safety Passport System is a pioneering way for us to further our best practice approach to workforce health and safety management.”

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