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High-risk industries need health & safety training

While health and safety is a key concern for all businesses, there are certain industries where the risks are higher and health and safety training is absolutely vital. Risk assessments are a part of everyday life in all industries, as premises must be safe for everyone who occupies the space, but some businesses have it easier than others. For example, a shop will have fewer safety hazards than a building site. When your business operates in high-risk environments, you must go above and beyond with your health and safety training. Here are some of the more high-risk industries.

Manufacturing

Factories can pose all sorts of risks to workers. It’s essential that everyone has the appropriate handling training for the machinery in your plant, as factory equipment can cause serious injury in the wrong hands.

Warehousing

There can be many risks in a warehouse environment. The storage of stock and equipment must be sufficient to avoid anything falling on workers.If there are any flammable materials, you will need to ensure some employees have undergone fire marshal training to respond appropriately if there is a fire.

Construction

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that there are dangers on construction sites. There are health and safety courses designed specifically for the hazards of the construction industry, and your workers need to know how to go about their work safely or you could face some really nasty incidents.

Other high-risk industries include healthcare, logging and mining. It is essential that companies pay due diligence to their health and safety requirements. Failure to do so could lead to serious incidents and costly liability lawsuits – don’t ignore the hazards of the workplace.

The Benefits of a Positive Health and Safety Culture

Respecting workplace health and safety regulations does not guarantee an accident-free work environment. You also need to make sure that your employees share the same values, beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions on the subject. Accident prevention should be ingrained within the mind of each worker throughout your company. 
 
Creating and maintaining a culture of workplace health and safety begins with the company itself followed by higher management. It is an ongoing process that involves a lot of effort and commitment. In exchange, you can enjoy a number of benefits, such as:
 
Lower Absences

Injuries, illnesses and medical appointments are the most common causes of absenteeism. A significant increase in absences is especially noted during the cold and flu season. According to CIPD Absence Management Survey in 2016, absenteeism can cost companies at least £522 per employee per year, lost working hours as well as low productivity. However, if health and safety regulations are properly observed in your workplace, you can ensure that your employees will be fit and healthy to come to work, lowering the rate of absence.

Happier workforce

Having health and safety training in the workplace can make employees feel safe and secure, prompting them to feel happy.  Firms that put policies in place to focus on employee satisfaction will be able to reap benefits in the long run. It is important to note that the happier your employees are, the more motivated they are to go to work each day. This results in increased productivity and higher morale for the individual workers as well as the entire team. 
 
Reduced direct cost
 
The direct costs of company owners can quickly build up if accidents happen in the workplace. Employee injuries may result in higher insurance premiums, litigation costs and compensation payments. A health and safety program can trim down these expenditures and create a more knowledgeable workforce.
 
More satisfied clients and stakeholders

If companies are committed to health and safety, accidents can be prevented and work will be finished without delays. This can make clients and stakeholders happy and satisfied, which is a good sign for your business.

GH Safety Ltd is a Health and Safety Consultancy & Training provider located in Oxfordshire. We work together with our clients to deliver solution-based Health and Safety Support & Training that can help upskill your workforce and meet legal obligations.  Contact us on 01793 784334 or email us at sales@ghsafety.co.uk.

GH SKILLS HUB – OPEN for 2019!

What’s New that will benefit YOU!

GH Safety are excited to announce that we have expanded into an additional unit for the sole purpose of being able to offer a continuous stream of Health & Safety Training Courses. we have proudly called it our ‘Skills Hub’. The Skills Hub offers a bright, relaxed, comfortable training space with a break area, tea & coffee facilities, mini kitchen and HD PC Screen set up and conference call facilities.

We have a Calendar with a schedule of OPEN Courses lined up for 2019 which you can download here. We will also be using this space for clients who don’t have training facilities or just would like to get away from their office to hold training for their employees only.

For more information on the open courses we provide or indeed if you want to book a training course just for your company contact sales@ghsafety.co.uk or call 01793 784334

Avoiding the Health & Safety Cowboys!

Choose Wisely

The HSE has been looking closely into External Health & Safety Consultancies and the services delivered and they haven’t been impressed!

Don't trust the cowboys

 

To comply with legislation all employers must ensure they have “competent advisors” in areas such as Health & Safety. This could be a company having an in-house department with qualified advisors, however many small and medium sizes businesses (SMEs) get their advice from an External Health & Safety Company like that of ourselves. Having an External Health & Safety Advisor enables businesses to focus on what they do best in the knowledge that as a business they are complying with the law.

So what has the HSE found to make them concerned with cowboy consultancies?
In a recent review it found that larger consultancies with big sales teams were scaremongering businesses into believing they were not fully compliant and were then tying them into multi year contracts. It was found written in one companies literature “Some businesses don’t take health and safety seriously? There’s one word for them: LIABLE!” It was also seen that businesses were given and charged for documentation that wasn’t even relevant!

So how do you avoid these cowboys?
You come straight  GH Safety Ltd of course! In all seriousness, GH Safety is a small, but perfectly formed Team of Health & Safety Accredited Experts. We treat each business differently, no one size fits all approach, and we certainly don’t bombard and charge you for material you don’t need. We are about getting you compliant, but we also want to create change within businesses to accept that adopting safe systems of work will actually improve and benefit your business.

How do you know GH Safety isn’t one of those Cowboys?
All Consultants are NEBOSH Trained, are fully accredited Members of the Institute of Occupational Health & Safety and we are a fully  insured business. We can also boast to having a large portfolio of  happy clients on board from Farming to Fashion, to Construction to Corporations (See for yourself here). We pride ourselves on delivering bespoke safety solutions with documentation that is relevant and constantly updated to company changes. We believe in Protecting People. Promotes Profits.

For more information on our External Health & Safety Advisory Services call 01793 784334 to discuss your requirements or email sales@ghsafety.co.uk.

UK HEATWAVE – SUN SAFETY!

UK Temperatures are set to the hit sizzling heights of 35 degrees! Work still has to be done, so how can we ensure we get the tasks done safely?

Keeping cool

Here are GH Safety’s TOP TIPS for Sun Safety in the Heatwave:

Please consider the following when working outdoors and in the sunlight, particularly between the hours of 11am and 3pm:

  • Wear a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 (even on days that are cloudy)
  • Sunscreen should be liberally applied at least 20 mins before exposure. Special attention to be given to ears, scalps, neck, feet and back of hands
  • Sunscreen should be reapplied at least every 2 hours
  • Avoid working in direct sunlight if possible, take work to shaded area if possible
  • Drink water regularly to keep your body well hydrated
  • Wear light breathable clothing that has a tighter weave to limit the suns capability to penetrate through to the skin
  • Wear a hat, ideally with a wide rim and flap that can over neck and ears
  • On breaks take time to sit in shaded area to allow body to cool, and check you skin for any reddening
  • Be sure to keep an eye on your skin for any changes. Any changes noticed contact your GP to get it checked out. Do not leave it to a rainy day to get checked! 

    REMEMBER!!!

  • Remember that ultraviolet radiation from the sun bounces off water, sand, concrete, light-coloured surfaces and snow and can considerably increase the strength of the sun’s damaging rays. People who work near these areas will need to take extra care.
  • Never rely on shade alone, always combine with personal protection measures
  • Regardless of the instructions all sunscreens should be reapplied at least every 2 hours and more if perspiring heavily / towelling

    Some Sun Stats…….

  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.
  • More people die from skin cancer in the UK than in Australia.
  • Melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, is now one of the most common cancers in young adults aged 15-34 in the UK.
  • Over the last twenty-five years, rates of Melanoma in Britain have risen faster than any other common cancer.
  • Over 80% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to the sun and/or sun beds
  • 7 people currently die each day as a result of skin cancer in the UK!
  • Approximately 12,800 (35 people per day) were diagnosed with malignant melanoma in
  • 2010 in the UK.
  • Malignant melanoma is almost twice as common in young women (up to age 34) as in young men, but more men die from it.
  • Worldwide, an estimated 200,000 people were diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2008.
  • Over 99,500 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer were registered in 2010 in the UK.
  • Like most cancers, skin cancer is more common with increasing age, but malignant melanoma is disproportionately high in younger people. More than one-third of all cases of malignant melanoma occur in people aged under 55.

    For any further information or advice on the above please get in touch sales@ghsafety.co.uk or visit NHS Website

New Talent at GH Safety Ltd

Introducing Chris Haynes  GH Safety’s latest Team Member

Chris has joined GH Safety as a Health & Safety Consultant. With his NEBOSH certification, background in waste management and facilities management, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to the GH Team Table.
Already taking ownership of some of GH Safety’s prestigious clients and receiving resounding feedback, Chris is hitting the ground running. Being one of the younger members of the Team, Chris brings in a fresh and positive attitude to changing perceptions of the Health & Safety within businesses.
Like to know more about Chris and what services and support he could provide you & your business get in touch with Chris via email chris@ghsafety.co.uk or give him a call in the office 01793 784334.

 

 Please join us in welcoming Chris to the GH Safety Team!
 

Women (FIT) to Work on Site

With the building industry booming there is a real need to get more workers into the construction sector. This in mind BAM Nuttall and Arco (The UK’s Leading Supplier of Safety Clothing) have joined forces in creating a PPE range of clothing that is tailored to fit women.

Women currently in the industry have to wear PPE that is designed to fit men, making it ill-fitting, uncomfortable and a potential safety hazard. BAM & Arco have created work wear with changed proportions to fit a woman’s frame. The pockets have been repositioned for easier reach and where the garments are now in better proportions the reflective safety strips are in the correct visible positions. Example of FIT to work clothing

 

Initially, BAM & Arco are manufacturing  Polo shirts, Jackets, Waistcoats, and Trouser with the intention to look at Safety Helmets, Gloves, Goggles and Boots.

The construction sector is trying to make the building industry more attractive to women as a career with this new range of PPE, but also by including the female silhouette in site safety signage. A recent campaign by BAM Nuttall see’s its fleet of vans use young female trainee surveyor Kat Woodall image alongside a little girl playing with building blocks with the headline ‘Building a future career’

For more information on appropriate PPE or Construction Safety contact 01793 784334 or email sales@ghsafety.co.uk

 

 

 

Introducing……

Andy Rhoades, Health & Safety Associate.

Andy Rhodes head shots 23/9/16. Pictures Stuart Harrison Photography.

Andy’s 20 years of industry experience in a number of senior roles for both large blue chip organisations and small SMEs has driven a passion for protecting people at work, he uses his operational and management experience to provide reasoned and practical safety solutions to solve your business needs. He’s very responsive, easy to communicate directly with and has a super dry sense of humour. Please welcome him on board, and don’t feel you need to make the newbie’s life too easy!

Old V’s The New

Last week we had a scheduled visit to one of our high profile clients, Harrods, to perform a Racking Inspection and provide a report on our findings. One finding we had was most unexpected, but a marvel to be privileged to see.

Stored away within the safety of the Harrods Building was this magnificent period Delivery Truck. How beautifully well kept even after all these years. GH Safety was very honoured to be able to see.

Harrods Truck

Changing Attitudes

Recently one of our long-standing clients Millets Farm Centre were approached by the Vale of the White Horse and the HSE to relook at their transport planning. With our business relationship being as strong as it is, they came straight to us for advice on how to improve their car park safely for visitors, staff and delivery drivers.

We fully assessed the car park, and although they had clear signage, and traffic management in place, there was an area we thought could be improved for peoples further safety. We suggested they implement a Zebra Crossing to aid visitors and children to safely navigate their way from their vehicles to either the Farm Shop, Farm Centre or Maze attraction (see Below)

Crossing 1 Crossing 2

It is very rewarding for us when clients want to improve their safety awareness and ensure they are not only ticking boxes to comply to legislation but really want to look after the safety of their staff, visitors and anyone coming to their Farm Centre.

Developing a safety culture within a business not only provides assurance in peoples safely, it can reward the business back by improving performance, efficiency, reduce costs, and therefore reflect in increased profits. For more information on improving systems of work, or creating better attitudes to Safety within business please contact 01793 784 334 or email sales@ghsafety.co.uk

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