Health, Safety & Environment Forum January 2017

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)
  • The only RIDDOR from this period happened when a team member in Daventry lost their footing whilst painting/decorating on a hop up platform
  • This resulted in ligament damage
  • Investigations have found that there was no defect with their personal protective equipment (PPE) or the equipment provided
  • All operatives also received a reminder about the risks of working from hop up equipment
Three near misses this period:
  • A tow bar came loose whilst a vehicle was moving
  • A syringe had been left behind following a void clearance
  • There was water spilt on the stairs in Asher House
  • For more information on these near misses please contact the HS&E Manager
  • We encourage near miss reporting. Please report any near misses to your line manager and record via the Tardis
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Improvement Notice
  • Futures was served with an HSE Improvement Notice in November 2016 after a team member was diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
  • Evidence about how FHG manages HAVS risks was sent back and it has been deemed technically compliant with some minor action points to consider
  • The notice has since been closed off
KPMG - Health & Safety Audit
  • Futures was subject to an audit on 31 October to 4 November 2016
  • This focused around Lone Working, Fire Risk Management and Greenscape Operations

The findings were good and FHG was categorised as 'significant assurance with minor improvements opportunities'.

The Greenscape findings related to:

  • Including additional control measures in risk assessments
  • Hazardous substance storage and transportation
  • Welfare provision
  • Keeping maintenance records for equipment
  • Traffic management at the Leabrooks Depot

Well done to all who contributed at the audit but more so to our internal partners who operate these systems and processes.

Scaling new heights
  • Working at height activities provide FHG with big H&S risks
  • FHG has procured the Tetra Ladder Safety System to provide improved safety to internal partners carrying out such tasks
  • It has also invested in training internal partners as ‘train the trainers’ to deliver training to those using the new equipment
  • Find more information about the Tetra Ladder Safety System please click on the video above
Management Responsibilities

The Executive Team would like to re-affirm to team management that they are responsible and accountable for ensuring the health, safety and well-being of its team members. The HSE Manager role will continue to support management and teams along with monitoring programmes to ensure compliance.

As a manager you are required to:

  • Lead on H&S within your team
  • Set a good example for your team
  • Add HS&E to agenda items for team meetings
  • Ensure staff are suitably trained and receive refreshers
  • Consider whether personal protective equipment needs to be issued for certain tasks
  • Ensure that Risk Analysis Management Systems are being used
  • Investigate incidents and report findings to HSE Manager
Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) Health and Well-Being Seminar
  • In November 2016, Jo Thomson and Amanda Miller from the Independent Living Team attended a seminar hosted by Daventry and District Council at DIRFT
  • The seminar included presentations and networking to raise awareness into workplace health, well-being, stress and fitness
  • The People Team and Independent Living are working together on a strategy for mental health and stress awareness for managers
Legal Update
  • Volvo was fined nearly £1,000,000 after one of its employees fell from a step ladder
  • A property management company was fined £120,000 following the death of a tenant who fell through a lift shaft
  • A building contractor was fined for putting a baby and child-minder at risk of carbon monoxide emissions from a poorly designed chimney flue

These prosecutions remind us that if we do not take responsibility or accountability to manage health and safety, then FHG could be fined.

Next meeting: Thursday 6 April 2017, 10:00 - 12:00

Credits:

Created with images by Gaertringen - "caution sign safety" • Grzegorz-Skibka - "roller pictorial woman" • succo - "accident injury risk" • jseliger1 - "Drill" • paul_harrison - "ladder height reach" • Lindsay_Jayne - "caution tape yellow" • Alexandra_Koch - "fitness studio training" • succo - "hammer books law"

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