Workplace safety event in West Bromwich
Britain's two biggest trade associations in the metals' sector are joining forces to urge companies to finally bring their health and safety policies into the 21st Century.
The Confederation of British Metalforming has teamed up with the Cast Metals Federation (CMF) to hold an event at the CBM's West Bromwich headquarters in Birmingham Road on January 22 from 8.30am to 3.30pm
CBM chief executive Geraldine Bolton said a keynote presentation by Dr John Rowe, head of the manufacturing and utilities' team at the Health & Safety Executive, will set the scene for the six-hour session.
“Many members have made tremendous progress in updating and enhancing their health and safety procedures, but some haven't, perhaps through lack of knowledge, or lack of time to make themselves aware of the latest standards,” she said.
“This event, at our National Metalforming Centre, is the start of a campaign by ourselves and the CMF to make everyone realise that outdated policies concerning employee health and safety must finally be consigned to the dustbin.
“A critical area in which many mindsets need to change, for instance, is how management teams regard stress. HSE data shows that 20 per cent of people suffer workplace stress at any given moment, and companies need to understand how damaging mental health issues are if left untreated.”
The event will include discussions about the most common forms of workplace injuries, including musculo-skeletal disorders, and simple means by which they can be prevented.
Among the presentations will be one from Andrew Hounslea, an HSE inspector who specialises in conditions caused by noise and vibrations.
There will also be displays of the latest user-friendly equipment designed to prevent employees suffering impact injuries or inhaling noxious substances, and occupational health providers will be present to offer advice.
“Every employer wants to make sure their workers can go home mentally and physically sound at the end of each day, and this event will hopefully make people aware that often it's not about spending lots of money on health and safety kit, but on changing their approach to the issues involved,” said Mrs Bolton.