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GGP JAN 2013

HEALTH&SAFETY Safety first matters The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) believes it places great emphasis on health and safety, providing its members with advice, online tools and information. It also holds quarterly health and safety meetings and co-hosts the annual Glass Industry Health and Safety Conference. In this special feature for GGP, two ‘driving forces’ behind the GGF’s health and safety direction, Declan Moore, GGF health and safety manager and Andy Hunter, health, safety and environment manager of Everest aim to answer some frequently asked questions about the GGF’s health and safety focus, vision and practice. health and safety compliance. Hunter: I agree with Declan’s points but we GGF health and safety manager, Declan Moore. should consider that each business has different challenges. The legislation in place is there for good reason though it is often perceived as restrictive. However, both recent reviews by Lord Young and Professor Lofstedt found that it needs to be in place but admitted that problems do and will occur when the legislation is applied. It should be widely accepted that, just like employment law, tax regulation and many other compliance issues, health and safety deserves to be treated with the same level of respect, attention and responsibility. There is a great deal of concern regarding Fee for Intervention with many viewing it as just another cash generator. The GGF’s hard work over the years has improved the industry standards and because of this our industry has been placed in level three, which means member companies will only be subject to an HSE inspection if something goes wrong or if the HSE receive a report which requires investigation or if they observe a material breach. It is very important that we stay at level three and we can only do this if all companies in the industry continue to improve their health and safety. GGP: What are the current ‘burning issues’ that “The reality is that health and safety is not a one off the industry and the GGF needs to be aware of with regards to health and safety? project but a process of continuous improvement that Moore: One of the most frustrating things about health and safety for people looking in, is it needs to be ingrained into company culture through never seems to stay the same as there is always a new issue to focus on. Many companies would consistent focus, drive and commitment.” just like to ‘do’ health and safety and move on to the next project. The reality is that health and safety is not a one off project but a process of next and how this legislation will be applied. GGP: What advice would you give to companies continuous improvement that needs to be The truth is that companies should be focused who may be unfamiliar with the level and scope of ingrained into company culture through on legal compliance and beyond, if a company the GGF’s health and safety support and service? consistent focus, drive and commitment. As far is doing this then they should have nothing Moore: I’d advise all companies to find out more as the burning issues of today are concerned, top to fear from FFI. The GLASS Charter exists about the federation’s health and safety resource of the list is Fees For Intervention (FFI) which to make all health and safety services by visiting the website or by contacting the GGF was introduced on 1 October 2012. This is quite available to GGF members completely free direct. We encourage our members to be active new and it feels like the world of health and of charge and since it started in 2002, it safety is holding its breath to see what happens has been assisting GGF members to achieve Continued on page 38 36 January 2013 Glass & Glazing Products


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