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Our employees

Health and safety
Our employees take on some of the world's most challenging engineering and technology projects. Workplace safety is a key priority and we support employee wellbeing. Everyone at BAE Systems is responsible for their own safety and the safety of those around them.
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Our safety culture and our customers demand extremely high standards for all aspects of health and safety. Many of our employees operate heavy equipment, work at height, in high-risk environments and confined spaces, or do physically demanding work. We have robust systems and assurance processes in place to manage safety risks for our people, wherever they work.


Managing safety risks

We aim to mitigate or manage risks by finding new ways to enhance safety standards. Managers across our businesses are supported by teams of health and safety specialists who provide expert advice, training and tools to put our safety policies into practice.

Through engagement programmes like ‘start safe, talk safe, home safe’ , we empower employees to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them. Everyone working with us must check that they have the right tools, equipment and knowledge before they start a job and we encourage people to speak up if they see anything unsafe.

Our Safety Maturity Matrix is a global standard  for individual businesses and sites to measure progress and identify opportunities for improvement. We monitor and measure our performance through an audit programme and learn from our successes and internal accident reports to continually improve. See our Safety Maturity Matrix factsheet for more on the Matrix and our performance.


Promoting health and wellbeing

We want our employees to be healthy at work which depends on good health at home too. Our wellbeing programmes include health risk assessments and campaigns to encourage employees to take responsibility for their health, including addressing risk factors for health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

We also understand the importance of good mental health and offer support to deal with work-related or personal problems and stress. Our employee assistance programmes in the US and UK offer round the clock access to free of charge confidential counselling.