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Featured HSQE campaign | Morson Vital Safety Units

Morson Group, have been leading the way in on-site safety for track operatives across the country. To date, 2,013 briefs have been carried out by our safety unit fleets. Read more. 


Caring for our people and our planet

Health and safety| Quality | Environment | Accreditations

Our 2020 HSQE vision centres around numerous targets and campaigns, including the drive to become net-zero by 2023. Net-zero means achieving a balance between the emission we produce and the emissions taken out of the atmosphere.

Our vision includes:

  • Reducing energy consumption per £million of turnover

  • Introducing solar panels for on-site power generation

  • Creating a circular supply chain versus our current linear model

  • Prioritising sustainable and ethical procurement

  • Ensuring our supply chain is free of modern slavery via Anti-Slavery policy checks

Health and safety

The health and safety of our workforce remain our utmost priority, as we continue to champion our Work Safe, Home Safe culture and working practices. Our aim is to attain standards of health and safety in the workplace that exceeds legal requirements and Approved Codes of Practice.  To achieve this we are developing a sustainable system and culture to help us deliver a safe and efficient service to our clients. We will strive to create collaborative working practices with our clients to ensure the safety of the workforce engaged at the client’s workplace. Health, safety, and the respect of the environment are integral parts of Morson’s fundamental performance. We continually work towards the establishment of advanced formal management systems for Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS).

In 2019, our Safety Matters Close Call App received 2,011 close calls, up from 1,320 in 2018. This demonstrates continued buy-in across our operations, with each close call enabling us to deliver proactive actions. Our mobile Safety Units also continued engaging with front line workers, clients and more, by delivering health and safety briefings and promoting correct working behaviours. We also successfully transitioned to ISO 45001 from BS OHSAS 18001 in 2019, together with strengthening our health and safety management systems. 

Our health and safety advisors are:

  • Morson Talent| Gareth Morris, group director of health, safety, quality & environmental compliance

  • Vital | Dhiru Gadhia, head of HSQE

  • Anderselite | Katie Hancock, safety and compliance manager

  • Morson Projects | Sam Bowles, compliance manager (security controller)

  • Waldeck | Warren Monks, associate director – head of HSQE

“We live the safety core value by planning and working safely. We intervene if situations or the behaviours of others are unsafe, and promote our initiative Work Safe, Home Safe across the business.” Gareth Morris | Associate Director

Work Safe Home Safe

Promoting safe behaviour in the workplace is a critical part of the management of health and safety because behaviour turns policies and procedures into reality. We recognise that good systems alone will not eradicate the risk of harm in the workplace. We need to evolve the culture of the workforce to achieve zero harm. 

The benefits of a behavioural safety approach are;

  • A personal commitment to safe behaviour and intervention

  • A management commitment to improving safety

  • The increased profile of Health and Safety throughout the business

  • The workforce engagement in safety

  • The workforce learn to act promptly on unsafe acts or behaviour

To help achieve this we have created a behavioural safety initiative called Work Safe Home Safe. Our aim is for our entire workforce to understand the need for personal cultural change and to understand how to embed safe working in individual responsibilities in the workplace.

We believe that addressing safety behaviours in addition to the continual development of company policies and processes provides a balanced approach that may be tailored to the specifics of each workplace and client.

Environment and sustainability 

Our environmental focus is driven by a moral compass to do the right thing and a desire to be the best. We strive to minimise our environmental impact through positive and sustainable actions that drive measurable improvement, and we continue rethinking operational practices to reduce our carbon footprint. Click here to download a copy of our latest Sustainability Report. 

Supply Chain Sustainability School 

Morson has become a partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, allowing the company to collaborate to improve efficiency and success across the supply chain.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS) provides practical support across all issues of sustainability, both social and economic. This ranges from energy, waste, and construction to employment skills and business ethics.  Becoming a partner member not only gives Morson access to the resources but a valuable voice in industry discussions across all issues of sustainability. The partner dashboard also allows unique online statistics and data identifying the strengths and weaknesses on the issue of sustainability. This allows companies to benchmark their knowledge and progression in key areas, and create an action plan.

Morson originally joined the School in November 2015 and joining as a partner comes after the company attained the Gold Award accreditation in October 2017, demonstrating greater levels of sustainability competence and engagement with the school upon reassessment.


Almost three-quarters of our emissions are derived from our fleet and we continue to monitor the automotive market as manufacturers work to develop new technology. Canning Town became the first branch to adopt a fully electric vehicle, and, as the technology gathers pace and improves, we are committed to adopting further models. Vital Human Resources became the first business unit to adopt Shell’s fuel card scheme, Destination: Carbon Neutral, followed by Morson International in early 2020. By opting in, a decision that involved an extra 1p spend on every litre of fuel, we receive the benefit of offsetting our carbon emissions. Using the card enables Shell to track our fleet’s CO2 consumption and purchase carbon credits equivalent to this figure, which are then offset through its portfolio of nature-based projects. We also ensured our entire fleet became ULEZ (Ultra Low Emissions Zone) compliant with an ongoing vehicle renewals programme that began in January and ended in June.  As part of our Silver Safety Campaign, we held a Driving at Work Consequences awareness day together with clients and the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.


We continue to develop our quality management system and our behavioural cycle of ‘Plan, Do, Check’. We passed two external surveillance audits, together with numerous external and internal audits, all with flying colours, which gives us reassurance and third-party verification of our working practices. Our current ISO standards include:

Click here to view all our policies and accreditations >

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    A Low-Carbon Fleet Future Requires an Ecosystem of Solutions | Shell's Sarah Llewelyn Barden

    As part of our larger Group strategy towards a target of being carbon neutral by 2023, in February this year Morson and Vital Human Resources became the first million litre per year users to adopt Shell's Destination: Carbon Neutral fuel card scheme. Sarah Llewelyn Barden, Head of Fleet Solutions UK at Shell, explains how their broader UK carbon offsetting programme, and the partnerships they have established are helping Shell and their customers avoid, reduce and offset their emissions.   A low-carbon fleet future requires an ecosystem of solutions – Sarah Llewelyn Barden Earlier this year, Shell announced its ambition to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner, in step with society and our customers. Becoming a net-zero emissions energy business is a huge task. The business plans we have today will not get us there. So, our plans must change over time, as society and our customers also change. In my role as Head of Shell Fleet Solutions UK, I’m seeing a drive towards decarbonisation being echoed across the transport industry, which currently accounts for 34% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions. Our aim at Shell Fleet Solutions is to provide businesses with support at every stage of their transition by offering a variety of services and expertise to help avoid, reduce and offset their emissions. For example, with our e-mobility offer, launched earlier this year, we hope we will help fleets to avoid creating emissions. And, with Shell Telematics, we can help fleets to improve fuel efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint. Offsetting emissions is important where fleets are producing less avoidable carbon dioxide emissions. So, last year, we launched our carbon offsetting programme, to help fleets tackle hard to avoid emissions and drive carbon neutral, while they continue to work towards longer term solutions. Customers can opt-in to have carbon dioxide emissions from their fuel purchases offset for them, for a small fee. We do this by buying carbon credits from Nature Based Solutions (NBS) projects around the world, which help to protect and restore natural ecosystems that absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. These projects also help to improve the livelihoods of local communities and preserve biodiversity and wildlife. I would like to highlight two partnerships that we have established: Morson International and Vital Human Resources, part of the Morson Group, are two of the first signatories to our Shell Fleet Solutions UK carbon offsetting programme, signed by our Fuel Card Agent, Juice Fuel Management Ltd. Over the last year, we’ve been working with these two companies to help advance their wider sustainability goals, alongside fleet manager, David Robinson, who initiated the contract between Shell and the Morson Group of companies. Bridging the gap between commercial vehicle technology with Morson As the largest supplier of contingent labour to the rail industry, the Morson Group operates a large van fleet that services rail contracts nationwide. Nearly 75% of the company’s carbon dioxide emissions are generated by its fleet, so reducing them is a central component to their ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2023. To support this sustainability drive, Morson has reviewed its fleet vehicles to ensure they are Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) compliant, has introduced hybrid and electric vehicles to eliminate emissions entirely where possible, and has plans to implement smart-grid technology to power 25 EV charge points at its head office – an increase from its current seven – combined with multiple other installations across its nationwide branch network. During this process, the Shell Fleet Solutions carbon offsetting programme has helped to eliminate its difficult to avoid carbon dioxide emissions: Gareth Morris, Group Director, Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental Compliance, Morson Group, said: “Sustainability has been a key objective for Morson for a decade, and we’re passionate about using commercial vehicle technology to improve lives, and the world we live in. Shell has become an important partner for our business in bridging the gap between the two factors. Carbon offsetting is a simple and effective way for us to track our carbon." Promoting people powered progress at Vital Vital Human Resources Ltd is the UK’s largest supplier of skilled personnel to the rail industry and has over 550 commercial vehicles operating across the UK. Reducing CO2 emissions is a key goal for the company. Long term, they are looking to reduce environmental impact by creating a smaller, more reactive safety fleet through hybrid technology, and electrifying its commercial vehicles. In the interim, Shell is working with Vital through our carbon offsetting programme to reduce the impact of difficult to avoid emissions, in a way that aligns with Vital’s ethos. Gary Hardaker, Executive Director at Vital said: “Driving sustainability goals forward has always been considered a collaborative effort at Vital. When the carbon offsetting programme was brought to our attention, knowing that we could work with Shell to reduce our fleet’s carbon dioxide emissions made our decision a straightforward one. Shell is our fuel card provider, and as carbon credits are directly calculated based on our fleet fuel consumption, it allows us, and our staff, to recognise our contribution to wider sustainability goals.” Working towards a net-zero future As we look towards the future of the fleet industry, with the rise of electrification and fuels like hydrogen and LNG also growing in popularity, the industry’s shared ambition and commitment to achieving sustainability goals is clear. While Shell Fleet Solutions continues to progress the infrastructure, data-led solutions and alternative fuels needed to avoid and further reduce emissions, carbon offsetting allows fleets to offset difficult to avoid emissions as they move along their journey to decarbonisation. We are proud to be able to support them now and in the future. Can the coronavirus pandemic provide a shortcut to net zero carbon? Click here to find out more

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