The UK composites sector is in relatively good shape in terms of lost time accidents compared to the manufacturing sector average.
The UK composites sector is in relatively good shape in terms of lost time accidents compared to the manufacturing sector average.

Composites UK, the Trade Association for the UK composites industry, has launched a new online health and safety management system (HSMS). The HSMS, developed in cooperation with the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has two parts: a public section with critical relating to health and safety (H&S) in the composites sector with links to relevant documents and websites, and a members-only self-audit tool - health and safety made simple.

This new tool is aimed at helping companies comply with the law and prevent workplace accidents and ill health. It has been designed to provide the essential information and templates a company needs to operate safely within the UK composites industry. Working through each section helps  companies ensure they get their essential documentation and procedures in place, according to the association. The tool is suitable for those starting up or running a small to medium-sized business, those who have been appointed as a safety representative in a larger organization, employees and those who want additional advice on how to control workplace hazards.

Safety levels

Every member company can measure their level of safety through a health and safety scheme self-audit tool and submit their status to Composites UK for assurance and self-certification award. This can be done at the end of each stage or in one complete submission.

‘The 2014 Accident Report presented at our AGM this year indicate the UK composites sector is in relatively good shape in terms of lost time accidents compared to the manufacturing sector average,’ said Sue Halliwell, Composites UK operations manager. ‘However, there is no room for complacency and we should strive for continual improvement. ‘

To access the HSMS go here.

This story is reprinted from material from Composites UK, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.