Last reviewed 12 January 2021

By introducing a new health and safety passport system, HS2 and its contractors believe that they have taken a major step in improving health and safety assurance across sites between London and the West Midlands.

HS2 contractors and their staff may be working across multiple sites and multiple contracts on the new high-speed rail route and the new digital passport system will establish a central database of critical workforce information across the HS2 supply chain.

The collection and synchronisation of data from local level to project wide will, it is expected, help to ensure consistency of standards and performance.

The new digital Health and Safety Passport System (HSPS) will be used initially by all HS2’s Main Works Civils Contractors to share vital health and safety information across contractors.

The contract to develop and deliver the new system has been awarded to a leading supplier of workforce management systems for construction, Biosite Systems Ltd.

Emma Head, HS2’s Safety and Assurance Director said: “Health and safety is at the heart of everything we do as we build Britain’s new high speed railway. We aim to lead by innovation at HS2 and the new HSPS is a pioneering way for us to further our best practice approach to workforce health and safety management.”

As well as ensuring only operatives with the correct credentials and skills are permitted access to site, this approach will allow HS2 to track workforce data around areas such as competency mapping and health and safety assessments across the whole project.

Where supplier companies and operatives are working across multiple locations, the new system will also flag fatigue risks across the project.

The software will “de-duplicate” worker profiles to establish a single record for each operative, including as they potentially move between contractors working on the project.

The workforce management software solution developed by 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”.