Newsletter February 2019
ALL PPE purchased via the office or online store
20% of all profits donated to Lighthouse Club construction industry charity.
Check our website www.awsafety.co.uk
Mental Health First Aid Course
1st & 2nd April 2019 – £250.00 for 1 place with additional places only £200.00 each
21st March 1-day SSSTS-Refresher £165.00 buy 4 places get one ½ price
27th March 1-day SEATS Environmental Training scheme £145.00 buy 3 places get one ½ price
25% discount from our standard fees – call for 01623 821516 for details
For more details or to make a booking, contact the office on 01623 821516 or email@example.com
Currently 24yrs old I have worked here at Enva for the past 5 ½ years starting out in the operations department as an apprentice administrator, after completing the NVQ L2 in Business Administration I was offered a permanent role. During those years I also completed the IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management. Then after successfully passing the NEBOSH General Certificate in early 2018 I was made SHEQ coordinator in October 2018.
Having only been in the role a short period of time the most enjoyable part of the job is learning all the aspects of Health and Safety, it is a varied job that makes every day different. The researching and consistently learning new things is a great aspect of the role.
Currently we are working towards updating and putting all of our Risk Assessments and Safe Systems of Work into a new format which is taking up most of the days. Along with the various ongoing H&S checks of the workplace that happen throughout the month and via our continuous annual reviews.
I was made the Chair of the Health and Safety Steering group so along with the group we are constantly working on aspects that help promote a positive culture through the workplace and business.
It’s very important that all employees attend courses such as the IOSH Working and Managing Safely, it’s great as it gets people thinking and makes them see health and safety differently and also allows them to understand that it is everyone’s role and responsibility to be the eyes and ears of the business.
For that purpose, we always use accredited training providers to further the professional development skills of all our staff/management.
Pictured above: IOSH Managing Safely course underway Jan 2019.
Here at AW Safety Management are able to deliver IOSH Working and Managing Safely training on-site or alternatively at our training centre offices in the heart of Edwinstowe, North Notts. We value our customers opinions and feedback deeply and ensure training provided has comprehensive feedback.
Call 01623 821516 for more details or visit our website www.awsafety.co.uk
AW Safety Management Ltd's "February 2019 Community Giving Back"
In response to this months’ AWSM giving back we invited two of the charity workers to attend one of our Emergency First Aid courses for which one was trained completely free of charge.
The charity relies completely on donations and generates revenue though its shops and fundraising events, and its company chair Ian Brownley a personal friend of our first aid trainer Glyn Bagshaw.
AW Safety management were happy to assist where we could and welcomed its volunteers who successfully completed their EFAW certificates with us here at AWSM.
Whilst the volunteers were in attendance we wanted to find out more and share with our newsletter readers some of the great things this charity and its fantastic team of volunteers do in our community and across the region.
Questions for Ian Brownley – current chair of the CCLL
When did you start and who by/where was the charity founded?
The National Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline (CCLL) was started in 1992 by Victor Mizzi OBE. Subsequently after becoming a host family in 2003 I have since been chair of the Mansfield & Ashfield link of CCLL for 2 ½ years.
How much have the charity raised since it started?
The CCLL raises £15-£20,000 each year to finance the group’s activities.
How many people locally in Notts/UK volunteer?
Approx 20-30 people, some as host families, others as shop volunteers and some do both.
What do your volunteers do and how do they get involved with you?
Host children within their families for 3 weeks in the Summer, taking part in full programme of events. Others help with fundraising events or volunteer in one of the 2 Charity shops.
What events does the charity organise?
Social evenings, pie & pea suppers, sponsored events, awareness raising talks and fill shows.
What do your volunteers do and why train them?
Our volunteers need to be able to understand the level of responsibility they hold as parents and as volunteers. They are fully supported by the CCLL committee and National Charity. The geographical links and run autonomously but are responsible to the main charity office. All members must comply with policies and procedures nationally.
The volunteer retail assistants in our charity shops are vital as this is where the bulk of the money is raised.
Our volunteer families undergo ongoing DBS checks in preparation to hosting children involved in the program.
The National Childrens Chernobyl Lifeline Charity volunteer workers in action below on one of AW Safety Management’s Emergency First Aid courses earlier this month.
Pictured above are charity volunteers Linda Else and Rachael Jackson – please see the answers below to the questions posed by the AW Safety Management training centre manager whilst leaning their new First Aid skills acquired with us here at AWSM.
Volunteer Names: Linda Else & Rachael Jackson
How long have you been a volunteer?
Linda: 12 years
Rachael: 6 months
What made you choose this charity?
Linda: It is all voluntary
Rachael: It’s local to me and I’m interested in the Chernobyl disaster, the work this charity does is second to none.
What events have you been involved in so far?
Linda: First Aid
Rachael: Volunteering in the shop, psychic evening event, fundraisers and the 2018 children’s leaving party
How will this EFAW qualification help you?
Linda: To run the shop
Rachael: Aid the children should the situation arise
What have you enjoyed the most about the EFAW course?
Linda: All of it
Rachael: A lot of fun learning & a great company and fabulous staff on site
Article written by Amanda Neuville – AWSM Training centre manager
Mild Steel Welding Fume exposure
The Workplace Health Expert Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen, as existing measures of general ventilation do not achieve the necessary control.
Control of the cancer risk will require suitable engineering controls for all welding activities indoors e.g. Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) which should be supplemented by adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) to protect against residual fumes. Updated Risk assessments should reflect the change in the new expected control measures.
Regardless of duration, HSE will no longer accept any welding undertaken without any suitable exposure control measures in place, as there is no known level of safe exposure.
- There is new scientific evidence that exposure to all welding fume, including mild steel welding fume, can cause lung cancer.
- There is also limited evidence linked to kidney cancer.
- There is a change in HSE enforcement expectations in relation to the control of exposure of welding fume, including that from mild steel welding.
- All businesses undertaking welding activities should ensure effective engineering controls are provided and correctly used to control fume arising from those welding activities.
- Where engineering controls are not adequate to control all fume exposure, adequate and suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is also required to control risk from the residual fume.
The Workplace Health Expert Committee has endorsed the reclassification of mild steel welding fume as a human carcinogen.
Article written by Amanda Neuville – AW Safety Training Centre Manager
New Service Products!
Are your extinguishers crying out for a service engineer?
AW Safety Management Ltd are pleased to announce we are now able to supply and service Fire Extinguishers.
Call us on 01623 821524 for a quote or more details.
Portable Appliance Testing
*** NOW AVAILABLE ***
Call the office to arrange all your PAT testing needs, computers, cables, kettles, shredders to arrange a visit from one of our trained technicians.
Testing also available for 110v drills, electric compact breakers, electric saws, concrete mixers.
*** ONLINE SHOP ***
AWSM PPE office or online orders – 20% of all profits will be donated to the Lighthouse Club Construction Industry Charity.
AWSM PPE & Workwear catalogues are now available. If any potential or existing clients would like a copy of our catalogue then let us know and we can issue one so you can browse and order at your leisure.
Just ring the office on 01623 821516 with your order details by 2pm for next day delivery.
Drugs & Alcohol In The Work Place
Working under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited. This means more than just not drinking whilst at work. Tests have shown that alcohol can still have an effect on your body up to 18 hours after you have stopped. Drinking any quantity of alcohol impairs a person’s judgment, thinking ability, and coordination to some degree. After drinking, you are no longer in a position to assess your own capabilities.
Drugs can affect the brain and the body in a number of ways. They can alter the way a person thinks, perceives and feels, and this can lead to either impaired judgement or concentration. Drug misuse can also bring about the neglect of general health and well-being. This may adversely influence performance at work, even when the misuse takes place outside the workplace.
- You are far more likely to have an accident when under the influence of illegal drugs.
- If you know somebody is taking drugs, tell your supervisor or line manager.
- All drugs can affect your ability to work safely.
- Drugs and work don’t mix.
The most common side effect of prescribed/non-prescribed drugs which affect work activities is drowsiness, which reduces your level of alertness and increases reaction time. Taking medication and then coming to work and using machinery/vehicles or tools, can be dangerous. If you do come to work and you need to take medication remember the following-
- Let your supervisor know.
- Follow the recommended dosages and do not mix medications.
- Read the label.
Remember, you must:
- Never come to work under the influence of alcohol or prohibited drugs.
- Never bring alcohol or prohibited drugs to work or consume them at work.
- Inform your manager if you have to take any medication which may affect your work.
- Inform your supervisor if you believe a colleague is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The legal position
You have a general duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act) to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of your employees. You also have a duty under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, to assess the risks to the health and safety of your employees. If you knowingly allow an employee under the influence of drug misuse to continue working and his or her behaviour places the employee or others at risk, you could be prosecuted. Your employees are also required to take reasonable care of themselves and others who could be affected by what they do at work.
AW Safety now has trained alcohol & drug testers within the business who can visit you on site to perform this service. Drug & Alcohol testing involves a urine sample and a breath test with immediate results. All testing is carried out within the legislation guidelines and is private and confidential. D&A testing is at the following cost £450per day for up to 20 people with a 1, 2 or 3 day turnaround for all lab analysis samples.
** Please note that companies/projects MUST have a D&A policy in place to enable testing to be enforceable and AW Safety Management can develop one for clients if required.
Contact AW Safety on 01623 821 519 to find out more or to book a test today!
Article written by Adrian Kirkby – AW Safety H & S Consultant
We’ve expanded our training capacity
We are pleased to announce the opening of our new additional 18 seat training room. Contact us for all your H&S training needs. See our “offers of the month”
Call 01623 821516 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
2019 Open Course online booking facility is now available.….visit our website www.awsafety.co.uk
Tues 12th – Thurs 14th * Level 3 EFAW/FAW – 1 or 3 days * £85.00 or £175.00
Thurs 21st * SSSTS-Refresher – 1 day * £165.00
Weds 27th * SEATS – 1 day * £145.00
Mon 1st & Tues 2nd * Mental Health First Aid * £250
Weds 3rd & Thurs 4th * CITB – SMSTS-Refresher – 2 days * £290.00
Thurs 25th & Fri 26th * CITB – SSSTS – 2 days * £325.00
Mon 29th * IOSH Working Safely – 1 day * £130.00
Tues 21st – Thurs 23rd * IOSH Managing Safely – 3 days * £475.00
Tues 28th * SEATS – 1 day * £145
Tues 11th – Thurs 13th * Level 3 EFAW/FAW – 1 or 3 days * £85.00 or £175.00
Tues 18th & Weds 19th * CITB – SMSTS-Refresher – 2 days * £290.00
Weds 26th * IOSH Working Safely – 1 day * £130.00
Mon 1st – Wed 3rd * Level 3 EFAW/FAW – 1 or 3 days * £85.00 or £175.00
Tues 9th – Thurs 11th * IOSH Managing Safely – 3 days * £475.00
Mon 19th – Fri 23rd * CITB – SMSTS – 5 days * £495.00
Weds 28th * IOSH Working Safely – 1 day * £130.00
Tues 10th – Thurs 12th * IOSH Managing Safely – 3 days * £475.00
Mon 16th & Tues 17th * Mental Health First Aid * £250
Wednesday 20th * CITB – SSSTS-Refresher – 1 days * £165.00
Tues 8th – Thurs 10th * Level 3 EFAW/FAW – 1 or 3 days * £85.00 or £175.00
Tues 15th & Weds 16th * CITB – SMSTS-Refresher – 2 days * £290.00
Mon 28th & Tues 29th * CITB – SSSTS – 2 days * £325.00
Thurs 7th * IOSH Working Safely – 1 day * £130.00
Mon 11th – Fri 15th * CITB – SMSTS – 5 days * £495.00