Newsletter July 2018
Valid until 28th August 2018
30th August 2018
1 day Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work
£95.00 – Book by 28.8.18 for Buy One Get One FREE
Please quote PROMO Code: “EFAW/BOGO”
6th September 2018
£95.00 – Book by 28.8.18 for Buy One Get One FREE
Please quote PROMO Code: “ASB/BOGO”
11th – 13th September 2018
First Aid At Work
£175.00 – Book by 28.8.18 for £30 OFF – REDUCED TO £145!
Please quote PROMO Code: “FAW/£30”
For more details or to make a booking, contact the office on 01623 821516 or email@example.com
Meet the man behind AW Safety Management Ltd
Adam Wade – Managing Director
When did you start AW Safety Management Ltd?
I started AW Safety back in December 2009 following redundancy from a national mechanical installations and telecommunications contractor. I had always had the desire to set up my own consultancy and this provided me with the opportunity and platform to do this. It was a giant leap into the unknown which was quite a scary step at the time however I have never looked back since and I am really proud of how much the business has achieved over the past 8 years and more so I am grateful to have such a great team around me.
What do you consider most rewarding about working in the H&S sector?
I enjoy the fact that we can make a positive difference, whether in the sense of accident/incident prevention or safeguarding peoples long term health. What I particularly enjoy is when we take both people and businesses on a journey and positively influence behaviours and ideology to ensure that safety is at the forefront of people’s minds and ethos.
What negative and positive impacts have you seen in the in wider H&S community since starting the business?
I believe that as a whole industry is becoming more health and safety conscious and it is particularly encouraging to see a lot of focus and emphasis around the subject of mental health and breaking the stigma around this once seemingly taboo subject. Since starting AW Safety in 2009 there have been a large number of consultancies and typical “one man band” companies setting up and I fear that the quality of advice and services provided by some of these is not up to the par of where it needs to be, which in turn leads business owners into a false sense of security about how compliant they are and worse still could leave workers at risk!
How has AWSM positively influenced its customers H&S performance?
The AW Safety team have come across documents and assessments created by other consultants that quite simply are not suitable nor sufficient and we find that we spend allot of time and effort when we start working with these clients getting things into order.
What’s next for AWSM?
I am excited about the future for AW Safety we are adding new services to our existing offerings i.e. Drug & Alcohol testing, PAT and Fire Extinguisher servicing etc. we are also in the process of establishing our platform for the supply of PPE and Safety Workwear. With the recent addition of our second training room our training facility expansion is also on well on track. One of my key ambitions over the next 12 months will be the growth and development of the AW Safety team.
What attracted you to a career in H&S?
Being able to influence people’s behaviour to prevent incidents and injuries.
How has AWSM positively influenced its customers H&S performance?
By working alongside them to help influence the company H&S culture, changing things for the better and continuously improving standards and ultimately leading to a more productive and happier workforce.
ASBESTOS AWARENESS TRAINING –
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!!
Heather Bryant – Balfour Beatty Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability (HSES) director
Asbestos awareness training was one area recently commented on by Heather Bryant (HSES Director Balfour Beatty) in the May edition of IOSH magazine. Heather quoted relating to Asbestos Awareness training “It’s really important, we do need it”
Furthermore, Heather went on to detail the content and areas that she felt needed to be covered in the training syllabus should allow the delegates to “identify where the asbestos is and make sure they have the right checks and balances and that staff can spot asbestos and know what to do about it if they happen to come across it after all the surveys have said everything is clear. “ as this is an all too common occurrence within Industry!
AW Safety Management’s Asbestos Awareness course covers all of these aspects and will help employers and workers understand the risks associated with the material, so that they can avoid disturbing potential asbestos and ensure they understand what to do if they suspect it has been found!
It is a requirement that all who may come across asbestos in their day to day work to have sufficient training.
Please call 01623 821516 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place on our next available course: Edwinstowe, September 6th 2018 just £95.00pp and also featured in this month’s “offer of the month” buy one course get one free!!!
Featured article written by A.Neuville – AW Safety Management Ltd – Training Centre Manager
AWSM PPE & Workwear – NOW AVAILABLE
From July 20th AWSM PPE & Workwear catalogues are now with us and additions to our website ordering facilities currently under development.
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 01623 821516 with your order details by 2pm for next day delivery.
As an introductory offer 25% discount applies to all first orders.
Accidents – No one wants them!
An accident is best defined as an “unplanned and uncontrolled event which has led to or could have caused injury to persons, damage to plant or other loss”.
No one wants workplace accidents, but if they do happen and an investigation will need to be undertaken for legal, moral and economic reasons.
The main aim of accident investigation is to identify what happened, why it happened and what can be done to prevent it happening again with possibly more severe consequences. Accident investigations are not designed to apportion blame and it is rare for an accident to arise from a single cause. The depth of the investigation will depend on the severity of the accident.
Once the immediate risks have been addressed, eg/ provide first aid treatment, equipment made safe or the area isolated the investigation process can begin.
The main goal is to:
Establish facts as quickly as possible – the general environment, the particular plant/machinery/equipment involved, the practice or system of work involved, the sequence of events leading up to the accident. Ask questions and lots of them – Who? When? Where? How? Why? What?
- Record details of the scene – take photographs of the area and any equipment involved or make sketches.
- Take witness statements noting their names, what they saw, heard felt or smelt, remembering never to prompt or lead them.
- Evaluate all the facts and arrive at conclusions as to the direct and indirect causes of the accident. e.g. Were SSOW followed? Were Risk Assessments adequate? Were other environmental or human factors involved?
- Produce a written factual report. Do not include your opinions. The report should include an introduction, findings, conclusions and recommendations.
- Take action and review your findings ……. PLAN – DO – ACT – REVIEW
Article written by Tracey Stubbs – AWSM Senior Health & Safety Consultan
Balfour Beatty repeatedly put workers at risk of developing HAVS
A division of infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty has been fined £500,000 after exposing workers to the risk of developing hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) for nine years.
Pictured above: Vibration White Finger (VWF) an inevitable side effect of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that between 2002 and 2011, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions (BBUS) had regularly exposed workers to the debilitating condition while they were operating handheld power tools such as hydraulic breakers and floor saws.
The HSE found that although the company had detected ill health early on, it did not act on this information to prevent ongoing exposure. BBUS failed to assess the risk to workers’ health, did not adopt control measures and had no suitable system of health surveillance in place.
The contractor also failed to report to the enforcing authorities a significant number of HAVS cases, though this was a legal requirement. The company must also pay £195,000 in costs. Controls such as job rotation were not adequate, and her team has challenged the business to come up with preventative measures further up the hierarchy of controls.
Management of HAVS……
Just one minute can make a difference!
- Undertake a Risk Assessment to assess the risk to all staff using the equipment.
- Devise a purchasing policy that ensures that the vibrations readings of equipment to be purchased is reviewed, and the equipment with the lowest vibration readings are purchased.
- Train staff in the hazards of using vibratory work equipment and the educate them in the duration it can be used safely and why.
- Inform staff of the vibration readings on each piece of vibratory equipment (manufacturers data, vibration survey) and communicate any changes if the equipment is replaced.
- Provide staff with a vibration table so they can work in the knowledge of how long they can use the equipment and how many vibration points will be gained during each use.
- Complete weekly staff vibration exposure logs. These must be accurate and not estimated as a minute can make a big difference to the vibration points.
- Health surveillance and an annual Health Questionnaire completed by all that use vibratory work equipment, results of the questionnaire reviewed and passed onto an occupational nurse if required.
The unfortunate but real truth
Very few employers are completing vibration logs and organisations that are completing the forms are not doing so correctly, with times recorded not being a true reflection of the time
spent by the employees whilst the equipment is in use.
Purchasing equipment with low vibration readings has not been considered is the Risk Assessment evaluation, though lack of knowledge or financial constraints.
Many employees are not aware of the vibration points and how long equipment can and should be used.
Many employees are not aware of the permanent and debilitating side-effects of long term exposure if left or early symptoms are ignored.
Many employers do not promote regular health surveillance screening.
AW Safety Management can provide full Risk Assessment assistance services, expert advice on HAV’s, train staff via regular tool box talks and demonstrations and arrange regular health surveillance screening.
For more details call 01623 821516 or Email email@example.com
Article written by Nichola Garrett – Health & Safety Consultant AW Safety Management Ltd
AWSM have been working in close partnership with Robert Woodhead Ltd over the past 12 months supporting them with staff training, site inspections and reviews of their suppliers/subcontractors.
Kerri Grocock, Robert Woodhead Ltd Health, Safety & Environment Coordinator features in our July newsletter “Customer Focus” piece this month and during a visit to the new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre she kindly gave us the background on her career with the company and some insight into the Robert Woodhead legacy.
How long have you worked at Robert Woodhead Ltd?
I started working for RWL in October 2005 so nearly 13 years.
How did your career path steer you into a H&S role particularly in Construction?
I started my career in the utilities section working for the electric board as an administrator and found I was often drawn to H&S issues. I later moved to highways and again I was drawn to H&S but mainly covered administrative side of things such as arrange training and put together health and safety files at the end of a project. When I came to RWL, I was an administrator for 2 directors, who were also contracts managers. One of the directors was responsible for H&S so it sort of all started from there. I encouraged the directors to allow me to take on more of the H&S responsibilities rather than get our existing old external consultant to do it, as they were performing what I believed to be standard administrative duties. That was 12 years ago, and I have since learnt so much about construction and couldn’t see myself working in any other sector.
What do you like most about working for Robert Woodhead Ltd?
It is like a family and the Directors genuinely seem to care which makes me want to work hard to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Their core values; Teamwork, Trust, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility are at the heart of the business.
How long have Robert Woodhead Ltd been a presence in the village at Edwinstowe house or earlier?
Robert Woodhead was established in Edwinstowe in 1946 and we have been here ever since, with a few years away in Bilsthorpe. To celebrate 70 years of history, RWL published an anniversary book detailing the historic past in from humble beginnings in joinery and construction to the innovation, growth and sustainability you would come to expect from a 21st century construction business.
What positive impacts have you seen in the community as a result of Robert Woodhead Ltd’s involvement?
We are reinvesting into the community by offering jobs or services to those that need it. We are always looking to create a legacy here.
Now almost at completion of the new Sherwood visitor centre, what has been the most rewarding and/or challenging part of the construction phase ?
The most rewarding part is seeing a fantastic example of how a complex project can be run safely, on time, on budget with happy clients. I am so proud to be a part of it! The most challenging part of the construction for me was the wooden beam installation but the experienced Site Manager, Andy Stamford, handled it so well I had little intervention.
What’s next for Robert Woodhead Ltd in the local vicinity?
We are building residential properties at Rufford Pastures at the top of the village and are planning to construct some social housing on the grounds of our offices located in Edwinstowe House, with work commencing in the not too distant future.
How has working with AWSM positively influenced your H&S performance?
Working with Adam and the team at AW Safety Management have helped me to elevate the standards across our sites. We share the same ethos of working and want the same end which really drawn me to working with them. The training they are providing for our staff has also had a positive effect. The location and proximity to our offices and projects mean I can just nip to their office and training facilities which is a bonus in our shared business centre.
AWSM and their H&S Training Consultancy services are just a phone call away, Site Safety compliance inspections, Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Marshall, First Aid Training, ISO compliance audit, Tool Box Talks, IOSH Managing Safely,
To discuss how we can help your business with CHAS audits, H&S Management Systems, Face Fit testing, E-learning and PPE Safety Workwear, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01623 821516
Article written by Amanda Neuville – AWSM Training Centre Manager
We’ve expanded our training capacity
We’ve expanded our training capacity
AW Safety Management 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” on Asbestos Awareness, IOSH MS and Emergency First Aid at Work.
Call 01623 821516 or email email@example.com for more details…… online booking coming soon….. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter & Facebook.
Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work – 30th August – £95.00
Asbestos Awareness – 6th September * £95
First Aid at Work – 11th – 13th September * £175
IOSH Managing Safely – 25th – 27th September * £495
Level 2 H&S in the Workplace – 9th October * £95
COSHH Awareness – 16th October * £95
First Aid Refresher – 18th – 19th October * £120
Manual Handling – 7th November * £95
Fire Awareness – 15th November (AM) * £75
Fire Marshall – 15th November – Full Day * £95
Risk Assessment – 6th December * £95
Asbestos Awareness – 12th December * £95