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HEALTH&SAFETY safety. It is a central hub for our members to Andy Hunter, health, safety and access all the latest health and safety news and environment manager, Everest. information including meeting dates, agendas and minutes. All of the GGF efforts in this area will be a huge support to members into the future. Hunter: The GGF needs to build on the good work already done and the launch of the new GGF health and safety website is yet another positive step forward. Members now have an online space where all their GGF health and safety information will be for them to access anytime. GGP: What is the GGF’s vision for health and safety in the industry going forward? Hunter: Over the years there has been a decrease in number of accidents but still the same type. A large percentage of accidents are caused by human error and this is why the GGF is quite rightly focussing on behavioural safety. Most members I have met want to get it right and operate in a healthy and safe environment, but sometimes aren’t quite sure how to get there and this is where the GGF proves it value with a health and safety resource that delivers for members regardless of size, status or profile. Moore: We will continue to work in partnership with the HSE, unions and insurance industry on an ongoing basis to seek solutions to further promote best health and safety practice throughout our industry. In 2013 we will move to an annual reporting procedure for the collection of accident data and this will be backed up with the launch of our updated merit scheme designed to ensure that members are supported through every step of their health and safety journey. We will also soon be launching our new working at height participants of the GLASS Charter as it is a direct ways to support GGF members. Another huge publication and our Codes of Practice on channel to all of the health and safety resources benefit of our meetings is the attendance of an stillages will be reviewed in the first quarter of which have been developed to provide solutions, HSE (health and safety executive) representative next year. In 2013, we also plan to launch a guidance and direction to our industry. There is who keeps us up to date with the campaign on one of our top three causes of also the opportunity to attend the health and implementation of government policy. injury which is “slips, trips and falls”; this is a safety committee meetings each quarter, where Networking with other companies is also very real problem in most industries according to GGF members can get their individual issues useful to share problems and knowledge; we all their measured accident data. addressed and network with health and safety may work for different organisations but our professionals from across the industry. The GGF common goal is to keep people safe. For more information on health and safety, Annual Health and Safety Conference brings Moore: These meetings have grown in popularity feel free to contact Declan Moore via e-mail: world class experts to address members’ issues over recent years and we have had to seek larger dmoore@ggf.org.uk. To find out more and we also use this event to award our Members venues to host them as numbers increase. I about joining the GGF and benefiting for achievements in Health and Safety giving believe the reason for the success is that the from the federation’s health and safety national recognition for their efforts. In addition meeting agenda belongs to the GGF member support and services, email: info@ggf.org.uk those signed up to GLASS Charter have direct companies and they decide exactly which issues or tel: 020 79399101 or visit the GGF website: access to Health and Safety support and advice need to be addressed and decide on the direction www.ggf.org.uk and where appropriate, even assistance on site. As of our efforts. We have always run our meetings this is free of charge for GGF members it’s easy to on the basis that there is no such thing as a daft see why companies join the Federation just to question and all new members have found the receive this level of support. It’s a valuable group to be both encouraging and supportive. resource and our new Health and Safety website This has proved invaluable to many new safety highlights this even more. managers or those tasked with safety in the glass Hunter: The GLASS Charter is a superb measure and glazing industry. We now hold our meetings for organisations that want to set up a step by in London and Yorkshire to provide equal step improvement programme and I’d advise all opportunity for members in the north and the companies to sign up to it. south to attend. GGP: What are the benefits of attending GGF GGP: So how useful will the new health and Health and Safety Committee meetings? safety microsite be for GGF members? Hunter: The health and safety meetings cover a Moore: It’s great to see this new site on line and whole host of topics from changes in legislation I’m sure it will become a prime communication to publications to events and through to new method in the future for all things health and 38 January 2013 Glass & Glazing Products


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