Implementing a safety management system into West Yorkshire manufacturing company

Background

Employs 50 people, manufactures own product on site, distributes product and sub-contracts installation nationally.

Engineering workshop: predominantly welding and fabrication, drills, bending machines guillotines, grinders and cranes.

Paint-shop using paint containing Isocyanate, with PPE issues.

Despatch using machine handling equipment

Office workers using display screen equipment – computers.

Had sub contractors installing product needed to be aware of CDM regulations and implications.

Problem

  • Sub-contracted window cleaner fell down his ladder and nearly died. Accident investigated by the HSE and found company safe systems could be improved
  • Needed documented evidence of safe systems for customers (local and district council and associations e.g. CHAS)
  • Had a consultant who was identifying problems but not helping with finding solutions
  • Regulations concerning Isocyanates had to be complied with local authority (environment)
  • Needed to understand CDM regulations and implications

Outcome

  • Improved safety management system so that it was accurate and tailored to business requirements
  • Company fully aware of legal obligations, able to step by step improve systems, continually improving and educating / developing workforce
  • Gathered documented evidence to help with answering customer questionnaires
  • Implemented training as required
  • Safety representatives made aware of their responsibilities
  • Set up systems to monitor quantities of Isocyanates used and liaised with local authority
  • Peace of mind for employer, now able to concentrate more on the business
  • Acting as competent advisor

Email Alistair at alistair@cedargbltd.co.uk – he can provide guidance and outline our services

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