SIMPL focus on...
The partners of SIMPL are working together to bring you more information on health and safety topics that are relevant to you. Over the coming months the SIMPL partners will “focus on” an issue that is relevant to you and your business and give you practical information and tools on how to manage this topic in your workplace.
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Slips and trips in the workplace
Through analysis of injury data the SIMPL partners have identified that slips and trips remains a big issue for all sectors of the plastics and composites industries.
To help manage this issue and try and reduce the number of accidents that happen each year the British Plastics Federation have shared their slips and trips information sheet with industry to help target the causes of slips and trips in the workplace.
Find out more about industry advice on managing the risks of slips and trips.
Working with employees for good health and safety management
The SIMPL partners recognise that health and safety and successful business or organisational performance are complementary. Where there is good health and safety management systems, along with strong leadership, the number of accidents and incidents in the plastics industry could be reduced.
In businesses where managers work together with their workforce to establish strong health and safety management systems along with involving employees in day-to-day activities then both business and health and safety benefits can be realised.
Strong health and safety management systems doesn’t necessarily mean employing lots of people in different “health and safety roles”. Small companies with 2 or 3 employees can have strong health and safety management systems through good communication, working together as a team and staff being involved on a daily basis with matters that affect their workplace.
The SIMPL partners are committed to trying to help industry improve their health and safety management systems and worker involvement and have committed to addressing these two in their strategy.
What this means in practice
There is a lot of information available to help companies big and small to manage health and safety effectively and at the same time involving employees. The SIMPL partners have pulled together the links below to help either reassure yourself that you are managing health and safety effectively or to give you some tools to be able to improve health and safety management in your company/organisation:
- Essentials of Health and Safety Management
- Example risk assessments
- Management Assessment Tool for SMEs
- Managing Health and Safety – Five Steps to Success
- Getting started on health and safety in the plastics industry
- Leadership for small and medium organisations
- Leading health and safety at work – Institute of Directors and HSE
- Worker involvement
- Involving your workforce in health and safety: Good practice for all workplaces
- Health and safety leadership checklist
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) have put together some additional information below that could be used to help people manage health and safety whilst involving workers:
- Background and requirements to complete a risk assessment
- Practical ideas to involve the workforce
- Tips to promote good practice with your workforce
- Stop and think initiative – guidance and tips on how to encourage your teams to behave in a positive way to health and safety and to get involved