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GGP August 2013

HEALTH&SAFETY Going for gold Deceuninck has recently been awarded Gold in the RoSPA annual awards for the second year running. Managing director, Roy Frost, explains why his company places such importance on impeccable health and safety. Health and Safety in the workplace often gets a bad press. But there can be no doubt that organisations that strive to provide a safe and healthy workplace are demonstrating a clear commitment to the wellbeing of their staff and to quality throughout the business. Deceuninck is such a company, and our rigorous approach to occupational health and safety sets us apart. As a result of our practices we have recently been awarded Gold in RoSPA’s (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) annual Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2013 for the second year running. But how did we get there and what does it mean for other organisations hoping to raise the health and safety benchmark within their own companies? ROSPA AWARDS The RoSPA awards scheme dates back 57 years and is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK. It is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas. The awards recognise commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention. The scheme not only looks at accident records, but also entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. The awards offer organisations a prime opportunity to prove their on-going commitment to raising health and safety standards. With almost 2,000 entries in 2012 the awards are one of the most sought after accolades in the industry. In order to take part in the awards an organisation must be able to provide accident, ill health and enforcement data. It must also be able to demonstrate a strategic vision for health in the organisation, with targets for achieving this. Other requirements include: • Access to specialist occupational health expertise. • Organisation of key roles, competence assurance and training – linked to key issues/risks. • Evidence based, corporate occupational health standards and targets, integrated as part of business plans. • Identification, assessment, prevention and control of health risks, prioritised and adapted to meet business and individual needs. • 'Wellness at work' (particularly mental health), attendance management and rehabilitation. • Communication of occupational health Deceuninck’s company policy is that every worker starting information, externally and internally. • Active monitoring of health, investigating health problems, implementing lessons learned. • Reviewing health performance, assessing progress, setting new targets/priorities and reporting on performance. • Specific innovative activities which distinguish the organisation's approach to health and work. GOLD STANDARD Gaining the award was important to Deceuninck in a number of ways. Not only does it highlight our commitment to health and safety for all our employees but at the same time it demonstrates to our existing and potential new customers that health and safety is paramount. Essentially it shows Deceuninck’s commitment to quality in every aspect of its business. Our operations manager, Peter Rich, explains what motivates him to drive a health and safety focus throughout Deceuninck: “Our people are our most important asset. They have a right to expect a safe and healthy working environment and we work hard to ensure that we provide it. We don’t implement or revise procedures or aim to improve year on year in order to win awards, but it is great to be recognised for our commitment.” A DRIVING FORCE Deceuninck’s driving force is a group-wide statement of the strongly held belief that every worker starting their shift MUST leave their shift healthy and unharmed. This statement of intent their shift, must leave their shift healthy and unharmed has ensured that Deceuninck has a target of zero accident/incidents. Other zero tolerance targets include no visits from the health and safety executive and no improvement notices. There is a strong commitment from senior management to the shop floor, embodied in the company ethos of ‘People, Planet, Quality, Service and Profit’ (PPQSP). People are the top priority on the list. Deceuninck is committed to sustaining and improving all our health and safety procedures and policies on a year by year basis, including documented evidence of our practices. This ensures we comply with all H&S legislation at all times. MAINTAINING FUTURE STANDARDS Having won the award twice in a row it’s important we maintain standards. Good practices include good communication, regular meetings, updated information and regular training. We also actively implement re-training programmes to make sure staff are familiar with and comply with the latest health and safety requirements. This active programme of communication coupled with training, results in a commitment from staff at all levels to understand and follow procedures laid down by the company. Health and safety isn't a matter of obligatory box ticking, but an integral part of the way Deceuninck conducts its business. For more information visit: www.deceuninck.com/uk 62 August 2013 Glass & Glazing Products


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