Corporate Responsibility

Corporate responsibility is now high on national and international agendas. Yet McAleer & Rushe has long held the belief that reputation depends not solely on our financial performance but also on the way we run our business.

We have a sound record of achievement in corporate responsibility but continually strive to improve our performance and address the on-going challenges and opportunities. We are committed to sustainable development through a proactive approach to environmental protection, social responsibility and strong economic progress.

Our approach to corporate responsibility and our sustainability policies and practices are directly linked to our four fundamental corporate values:

Corporate Philosophy

  • To develop high quality buildings that meet the needs of today’s occupiers whilst at the same time creating sound investments.
  • To adopt best practice in the design, specification and construction of these buildings whilst doing so within agreed programmes and budgets.
  • To ensure that quality assurance and health and safety procedures are implemented at all times thus maintaining efficiency of working practices and safety of staff and sub-contractors.
    • Sub-Contractor Approval Procedure

      The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, 2007 and the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, 1974, requires McAleer & Rushe Ltd to manage and co-ordinate the activities of our contractors in the interests of health and safety. To achieve this we undertake effective selection, monitoring, and review procedures, ensuring only competent and adequately resourced contractors are approved to work with us.

      The appointment of contractors will be on their ability to safely meet the requirements of the contract, giving due consideration to quality, environmental performance, programme, and budget. McAleer & Rushe Ltd also sets appropriate training standards for its contractors with particular reference to the operation of mobile plant, working at heights and other identified high risk tasks.

      All sub-contractors that wish to be on McAleer & Rushe’s preferred contractor list must complete our M054 SHEQ questionnaire in full. This questionnaire is designed to help McAleer & Rushe Ltd assess the Health, Safety, Quality & Environmental standards that its approved sub-contractors are achieving.

      The questionnaire should be submitted along with the required supporting documents to the SHEQ Department via an email to Emails should be submitted with the name of the project you are interested in tendering for in the ‘Subject’ field. It may be necessary to split a large email with attachments into multiple smaller emails to ensure they are not rejected by the email server.

      Unsolicited emails may not be reviewed | if in doubt contact the SHEQ Department on 0288 676 3741

      M054 -Sub-Contractor SHEQ Questionnaire (Word Format | 250k)

      Email to : sheq @

      We also require the following documentation to be attached to the email

      Health/Safety Policy Statement Quality Environmental Insurance
      OHSAS 18001 certificate Quality Policy/Management Statement Environmental Policy / Management Statement Public liability insurance
      Other Certification e.g. Safe-T-Cert ISO 9001 Certificate ISO 14001 Certificate Employers liability insurance
      2 x Safety Inspections Reports Other Certification BS6001 or equivalent Professional indemnity insurance if required
      Accident Reporting Procedure Other Certification
    • Think SM&RT

      Think SM&RT” is the name of McAleer & Rushe’s BS OHSAS 18001:2007 accredited Health and Safety Management System. The system is also accredited by CHAS, Achilles, Constructionline, Safe Contractor and Safe T Cert.Think SM&RT stands for “Think Safety @ McAleer & Rushe Today.”

      We require all staff, visitors and subcontractors coming on to our site to think safety at all times. The signs on the approach to our sites clearly outline this to all site attendees and the overwhelming feeling for passers-by is that health and safety is an overriding factor on our sites.

      The Think SM&RT system is the bedrock for every task undertaken on our sites by our site staff.

      All site staff have been given training on what is expected from them with regards to health and safety on site through the Think SM&RT system.

      Each site is then given a manual explaining how exactly the day to day running of site health and safety is to be achieved and maintained. The Think SM&RT Manual clearly outlines to staff what is expected of them and why. The Manual is an easy to read guide and clearly explains in detail what should be done on a daily and weekly basis in order to maintain a safe site.

    • Health Safety & Welfare at Work

      Rev 6 | Issue Date: 18/01/2016McAleer and Rushe (hereinafter known as the Company) require that all operations of the Company are carried out in such a way to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the Health, Safety and Welfare of all its employees, sub-contractors, customers and others who may be affected. The Company seeks to comply with current and applicable Health and Safety legislation especially the Health and Safety at Work Order (NI) 1978, the Occupational Health and Safety Management System Standard BS OHSAS 18001, Safe – T – Cert, the Company’s in-house Safety Management System, and best practice with regard to Health and Safety management.

      The Company is committed to the continual improvement of Health, Safety and Welfare performance and to this end objectives and targets are set within a continual improvement programme.

      The Board believes that only by accepting Health, Safety and Welfare awareness and responsibility as an integral part of the overall duties and responsibilities of each and every Board member, employee and sub- contractor, can it’s Health, Safety and Welfare objectives be achieved. The Board will maintain a Health & Safety Department for the purpose of advising individuals, co-ordinating efforts and reporting progress and difficulties to the Managing Director. However, it must be recognised that the prime responsibility for Health, Safety and Welfare matters rests firmly with line management who must ensure within this context that those who are under their control, including sub-contractors, act and perform their duties in a responsible and effective manner.

      In acknowledging its responsibility to take action, the Board requires its management and employees:-

      1. To continually consider their Health, Safety and Welfare responsibilities, and take action together, including the assessment and control of risks which are appropriate to the achievement of the Company’s Health, Safety and Welfare objectives,
      2. To look after themselves and others who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work,
      3. To co-operate with each other to achieve the Company’s Health, Safety and Welfare objectives,
      4. To immediately inform their line manager if they may be affected by a work situation:-
        a) which he/she believes to be a risk of serious and imminent danger,
        b) in which protection arrangements are inadequate.

      The Board recognises that it has an obligation to ensure, so far as is reasonable practicable, that the intentions and actions of its Sub-contractors meet suitable Health, Safety and Welfare Standards. The Board further requires that where more than one Sub-contractor is engaged on any job or location, they should co-operate between themselves and with the Company on common health and safety matters. Each Sub-contractor must therefore be required to provide details of their competence, Health & Safety Policy, Strategy, Work Methods, and be deemed to be competent for their work package before the commencement of their works. Such details must show Health, Safety and Welfare objectives and comprehensive methods of achieving them. These methods must be at least sufficient to comply with the standards that are expected by the relevant Health & Safety Inspectorate/ Executive (the Standards).

      Sub-contractors must also demonstrate, before work commences, and by their actions at all times during the execution of their work, that they are meeting the Standards. Only those sub-contractors deemed competent by management, and who continue to display such competence, will be allowed to work on a Company site.

      The Board further requires that where any Sub-contractor, after appointment, does not meet the Standards, the relevant Company Manager should discontinue the Sub-contractor’s services until such times as that Sub- contractor shall demonstrate that he/she will in future meet the Standards.

      It is the Board’s intention that resources shall be provided to enable the achievement of its Health, Safety and Welfare objectives in accordance with the Company Health, Safety and Welfare Strategies. Health and Safety should never be compromised for other objectives. The Board also acknowledges its responsibility under The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations whether as a Client, CDM Coordinator, Designer, Principal Contractor or Contractor. Specific obligations in this regard will be fulfilled in a competent manner.

      This document is available to all interested parties, and is reviewed regularly by the Managing Director in consultation with the Health & Safety Department. Amendments to the Policy are authorised by the Managing Director prior to implementation.

    • Quality Policy Statement
      Rev 6 | Issue Date: 18/01/2016
      McAleer & Rushe Construction Ltd is a privately owned award winning construction firm with in excess of 40 years experience in the design and build of construction projects.The company is customer focused and fundamental to the company’s approach is working in partnership with its clients to achieve their operational requirements, whilst maximising the efficiency and commercial potential of each building.McAleer & Rushe Construction Ltd prides itself on completion of all major projects safely, on time and on budget, whilst meeting or exceeding customer requirements in terms of quality construction.

      The company is committed to complying with the requirements of the ISO 9001 accredited quality management system in place at the company and to continual improvement of the system through the setting and reviewing of quality objectives, and development of employees through on-going training and development.

    • Environment Policy Statement

      Rev 6 | Issue Date: 18/01/2016

      McAleer & Rushe is a professional and environmentally conscious organisation, which acknowledges the impact that it’s operations have on the environment. McAleer & Rushe are committed to reducing the company’s environmental impact through:

      • The on-going management of the ISO 14001 system
      • The reduction of waste created and recycling of waste from construction sites and head office
      • Control of all water discharges from sites
      • Correct storage and management of fuel
      • Considering the effects that construction operations may have on the local community.
      • The rigorous vetting of all suppliers & sub-contractors

      McAleer & Rushe will set and regularly review environmental objectives and targets to ensure that continual improvement in environmental performance.

      McAleer & Rushe will comply with all local environmental legalisation and other requirements for all construction operations and will ensure that we are aware of current construction environmental best practice through our industry body memberships.

      This policy and our associated procedures will be communicated to all staff and sub-contractors through on-going training programmes.

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