A creative collaboration between Jincom’s visual studio, and HSE experts at leading construction company VINCI Construction Grands Projets, won an international award of excellence for “outstanding design and concept”.
VINCI Construction Grands Projets is a global building and civil engineering company with a workforce of over 4,300 working on 85 projects worldwide. The award was a HSE technical standards handbook developed from VINCI’s internal standards that - Jincom simplified, visualised, and translated into French and Spanish for distribution to its global workforce.
In the handbook’s introduction, Arnaud Brel, VINCI Construction Grands Projets HSEQ Director, explains how the finished standards meet the objective of the project:
“By doing this, we can protect the health and safety of our collaborators and the environment in which we build our projects, all over the world.”
VINCI Construction Grands Projets worked with a validation committee of experts from HSE, Quality, Plant and Equipment, Methods, Construction, Production and Project Management to develop the company’s technical standards covering 14 topics: Access to Site; PPE; Work at Height; Lifting and Rigging; Batching Plant; Energy; Office; Roads and Utilities; Workshop Stores Standard; Confined Spaces; Heavy Equipment and Vehicles; Earthworks; Tunnel and Underground Works (Preliminary).
VINCI Construction Grands Projets Health and Safety Corporate Director Eric Denys, commissioned Jincom to produce a comprehensive visual HSE technical standards handbook for effective communication and implementation across the company, for onboarding of new employees on site, and to improve the health and safety of their global workforce.
JIncom’s studio of technical writers, illustrators, designers, animators, and translators, transformed the detailed technical standards with the key elements simplified into a powerful visual communication format.
The first step in the collaborative process was to understand VINCI Construction Grands Projets' safety objectives and targets. In the process the team identified the most critical information in the existing technical standards.
Jincom’s scriptwriters developed a narrative around each standard which was then brought to life by its team of illustrators, colourists and designers using characters, site areas, symbols and icons. Colour coding was used to identify the hazards and controls for each topic.
The handbook is organised in three key categories:
1. By area: site access, workshop or office.
2. By activity/risk topic: work at height, lifting and rigging etc.
3. By work type: road and utilities, earthworks etc.
Each standard contains key areas visually represented as a map, highlighting specific preventative actions, and focusing on positive reinforcement. Colour coding is used for recommendations with blue for health and safety, green for environment and red for non-negotiables.
The result is a print-ready simplified comprehensive visual handbook with each standard accessible by a QR code which allows employees to download a PDF version.
EXAMPLE OF A VISUAL STANDARD: PPE
This technical standard identifies the minimum PPE standards, using an illustrated character wearing a complete set of PPE with each item numbered and linked to a detailed description.
The standard also reinforces the requirement for workers to wear a safety helmet with the company logo.
In the handbook’s introduction, VINCI Construction Grands Projets HSEQ director Arnaud Brel wrote:
“It is with a lot of pride that we introduce our Health, Safety and Environmental Technical Standards.”
“This Technical Standards Handbook has been designed to show and tell what our technical expectations are for our projects, so everyone working for our organisation will be equipped and know what needs to be put in place.”
Mr Brel explained that VINCI Construction Grands Projets' goal is for the standards to be a “living document” and updated according to technology’s advancements, new regulations, feedback from accidents and company decisions.
VINCI Construction Grands Projets' recognition of Jincom’s excellent work on the project prompted CEO Andrew Smith to enter the project into the International Creative Media Award.
387 projects from 20 countries took part in the 11th ICMA in 2020 and the results were published in February 2021.
Jincom’s project with VINCI Construction Grands Projets was given the Award of Excellence for the Health Safety and Environment Technical Standards Handbook in the Custom Media category for “Honouring outstanding design and concept in the category Visual Storytelling”.
Given the broad adoption and success of the initial phase and the publication of the HSE Technical Standards Handbook, Jincom’s digital team began transforming the technical visual standards into a series of e-learning modules.
The 51 modules are available through VINCI Construction Grands Projets' learning management platform to help reinforce the company’s HSE messaging and for onboarding new employees.
EXAMPLE OF E-LEARNING MODULE: WORKING AT HEIGHT
One of the leading causes of incidents on site, this e-learning course looks at the top hazards when working at height.
The learner is presented with lessons on scaffolding safety including correct installation and exclusion zones, edge protection on working decks and access points.
The learner answers multiple choice questions relating to specific safety measures with a revision quiz at the end of the module to test learning outcomes.
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